Wednesday, August 10, 2011

My Pure Joy (2011)

Synopsis: The story follows a teenager named Adam. Introduced to horror films at a young age by his father, he had soon become obsessed with them. After his father's death, Adam takes his obsession to the next level by acting out the bloodiest scenes from his favorite slasher films on unsuspecting victims. When his life starts to fall apart, he decides to fix things by choosing his victims a little closer to home.

My Thoughts: Let me start by saying that the director (James Cullen Bressack) definitely shows some balls here, especially for it being his first feature film. This movie hits you with more gore, language and nudity than you'll get from 90% of the horror flicks being released nowadays. Plus, it also has a great WTF moment that forced me to rewind just to make sure that I saw what I thought I saw.

Some of the inexperienced actors weren't very good, although Alexei Ryan's performance as the psychotic teen, Adam, really stood out. The gore effects were decent enough in some scenes, but not so much in others. I thought the homage to the original 'Psycho' shower scene was really well done. However, the scene when Adam chops off the rapper's fingers ...well, not so good.

This movie could've been a lot better if it wasn't for the editing (or lack of editing). I understand that one of the hardest things for a director to do is cut out scenes that might have taken hours to shoot, especially for a younger director. Unfortunately, most of the time that's what it takes to improve the flow of a film. Cutting some of the longer dialog scenes and the repeated flashbacks would have really helped this movie.

My Rating: 4.5 / 10

This is a horror movie made by a hardcore horror fan for hardcore horror fans. The genre needs new young directors like James Cullen Bressack. Youth and inexperience isn't always a bad thing. It does lead to a lot of mistakes, but it also gives a director no fear of failure and that can lead to great things. This guy definitely seems to be on the right path and if he keeps his edge there's a great slasher flick in his future.

Psykik Junky Pictures

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