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Sunday, August 25, 2013
Angry Mom With An Ax
Tom (Randy Wayne) and his friend Zack (Brad Pennington) are having fun hiking through the woods when they come across a cabin with a pretty girl out front. Zack decides to get to know the girl better, and heads in to do so while Tom waits around. Once inside, the girl sits on Zack and they start making out. After a couple of minutes of this, she decides that they are going to far with things because her mom could be coming back any minute. Zack keeps going though, which leads to the girl to start yelling for help. This is of course when mom shows up and grabs an ax. Tom seems this but still waits a bit before going in to find out what is keeping Zack so long. Instead of finding his friend, he finds a trail of blood. After following it, he almost gets killed by the now ax throwing mom, but somehow manages to get away. A year later, Tom is having a hard dealing with what happened, while Jenny (Ashley C. Nelson), who used to date Zack, just wants to know what happened to Zack. They head back to the scene and discover that it isn't over yet, and things aren't as they appear.
Scar gets some pretty bad reviews on both Netflix and IMDb. In some ways I get it, but I didn't find Scar as bad as what others thought. I was trying to avoid talking about a certain aspect of the plot, but after thinking it over, I don't know how to get around it. Co-writer and director Rahil Bhorania brings us a combo of slasher film and paranormal. It was a fairly even mix, but it does lean a bit more to a ghost story then anything else. The biggest problem people seemed to have with it was the acting. I will get into that more later, however I wanted to point it out now because most people went on to say they didn't get the plot later on. I didn't have much trouble following the plot, or figuring out certain plot points, like a scar that shows up. The problems I had with the plot was that the ghosts seem to be repeating a scene with whoever the guy is that shows up. Except it doesn't. In one scene the daughter starts in the bathtub for some reason, while in the other scenes she is fully dressed to start things off. Maybe I'm being picky, but it bugged me some. Also the scar isn't noticeable at all until later in film, even though the characters claim it had been there longer. A tip for screen writers, if your character is trying to hide a scar that is getting worse over time, don't have the character wear a shirt that doesn't cover the area the scar is supposed to be in.
The effects aren't all that great. I think that for at least one effect they tried using a blue screen and it didn't turn out real well. It was laughable actually. The other effects aren't as bad, which are all when someone gets the ax put into them. Being a more practical effect helped there I think. The acting was a mixed bag. I wasn't real impressed with our two leads Randy Wayne and Ashley C. Nelson. They did okay, but there was plenty of times I felt they could have done much better. To my surprise, there are two veteran actors in this film as well. Joe Estevez shows up as the local sheriff. There have been very few films I thought he has acted well in, and of course this wasn't one of them. Like the leads, he has a moment or two that is good, but mostly his acting in just sort of funny, and I'm not sure if that was what he was going with. Dee Wallace also shows up. Dee gives the only solid acting in the film. She is in the film a bit more than Estevez thankfully.
Scar has a bit of a slow pace to it. I assume that is why some people claimed to have been pushing the fast forward button, which would explain why they didn't get some of the plot. I feel like I came done hard on this film somewhat, but the truth is, I liked it. I wasn't real impressed with it, but I do feel it could have been much worse than it turned out to be. Sure the acting could have been better than it was, but it certainly wasn't the worst I have had to sit through by a long shot. What saved it for me was the story. It didn't always make sense, and maybe could have used a little more work on it, but I still enjoyed it. I guess I'm just a sucker for a ghost story. I had a little trouble getting this DVD to work. After I put it in it turned of DVD player off for some odd reason. It also wouldn't auto load and start on its own. I don't know if it was because it started playing the movie right away with no opening menu or not, but I have to assume that was the case. Anyway, I will leave it up to all of you if you would like to check out Scar someday. If you have a tolerance for low-budget films, give it a look sometime.
3 out of 5 Never trust a female ghost with an ax