Director: Rob Garcia
Writer: Cecil Chambers
Stars: Haylie Duff, Michael Ironside, Gonzalo Menendez
If you are hoping that maybe the killer is at least somewhat inspiring, then let me squash that hope right now. I can’t even begin to tell you how the convoluted sub-plot weaves into the framework of the terribly-derived spring-break outing. It involves a traumatized ex-Marine in cahoots with Haley Duff’s character’s dad, played for absolutely no reason by the great Michael Ironside (Scanners, Starship Troopers). Once this sub-plot unfolds by the end of this incoherent movie, you’ll discover a plot hole the size of Barringer Crater (Google it; it’s quite large and far more fascinating). Even the death scenes are contrived, adding nothing new or exciting for the torture porn addict in us all. And if you are familiar with this type of plot I explained above, then you already know the order of deaths. It’s hard to spoil a spoiled story.
One final thought: As I have stated before, indie horror movies should feel as if they have the opportunity to present fresh ideas even to a plot that is all too familiar. The brilliance of Stomping Ground and Everlasting is not necessarily rooted in their familiar plots but in their respective executions. They are culturally significant for our times, adding complexities, excellent direction, and genuine acting regardless of their budgets. It is why Shakespeare plays are essentially reconfigured for new contexts and paradigms, even if we know Hamlet will die by the sword or a predator drone (still waiting for the latter). Movies like Desecrated are cheap carbon copies of Hollywood movies with nothing new to add but a line on the production team’s resume. Why go this route, I can’t say. But the best Indie movies use budget restraints to their benefit, not using every cent for some derived gory scene that we could easily get from an affluent studio. It is an insult to audiences hoping that the much needed support indie filmmakers ask for is reciprocated with a product mainstream Hollywood already provides. We’ll vote with our dollars elsewhere.