Thursday, May 12, 2016
'Crush the Skull' Theatrical/VOD Premieres: They Can Break In but They Can Never Leave
breaking glass pictures aptly chooses a Friday May 13,2016 to premiere the horror comedy movie "Crush the Skull" in Los Angeles, Seattle, and Portland ahead of a May 17 2016 VOD release. The well-executed (pun intended) tried-and-true concept of this film is that some not-so-innocents find themselves trapped in a Roach Hotel Hell.
The accolades for this creative take on the aforementioned modern genre include the Nightfall Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival where "Skull" premiered and the Best Feature Award at the San Diego Asian Film Festival.
"Skull" opens with comically inept burglars Ollie and Blair breaking into an upscale home only to have things go amusing wrong. A partial spoiler is that this pair soon participates in a round of throwing others under the bus.
This failures leads to Ollie reluctantly agreeing to participate in the proverbial "last big job" that Connor, who is the inept brother of Blair, insists is a "sure thing." This leads to amusing bickering that reflects that Connor is no more eager to work with Ollie than Ollie is to pull the job. Said discussion leads to a hilarious take on the old "stay in the car" routine.
A series of unfortunate incidents leads to this trio (along with Connor sidekick Riley) getting trapped in the virtually bare "sure thing." The effort to escape leads to discovering the basement-level dungeon.
The maniac of the house discovering the would-be-thieves leads to out group finding themselves running in dark halls and getting trapped in various chambers in assorted groupings. The concurrent mayhem includes plenty of bloodletting and a very amusing beheading.
Writer/director Viet Nguyen of "iZombie" continues to delight with hilarious takes on the cliche of the po po arriving on the scene. Seeing this lawman get overwhelmed before suffering a fate that his deputy is spared is a highlight of "Crush."
Another hilarious element of the film has Blair announce that her cell phone is dead only to have the flashlight on that device continue to run long after that development.
The title of the movie makes great sense near the end of it and may prompt you to chant along with the characters. Suffice to say, this title reflects knowledge of the genre to which "Crush" belongs.
The skill of Nguyen regarding blending horror and comedy sets "Crush" aside. Fans of dark humor and light horror alike will not be disappointed.
The extras consists of the far different (but still recognizable) 10-minute short that is the first version of "Crush" and a a "Behind the Scenes" documentary.
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