Desecrated Movie Review
Written by Richelle Charkot
DVD released by Uncork'd Entertainment
Directed by Rob Garcia
Written by Cecil Chambers
2015, 106 minutes, Not rated
DVD released on January 6, 2015
Haylie Duff as Allie McClain
Wilmer Calderon as Eduardo
Michael Ironside as Tom McClain
Paul James as Marcus
Gonzalo Menedez as Ben
Heather Sossaman as Lizzie
Six twenty-somethings go out to a ranch in the middle of nowhere. You know the rest.
There is so much that can be incredibly enjoyable about the typical teen-slasher flick. Give viewers a set of gruesome and inventive kills with at least one grating character to cheer about when they are inevitably killed, and the recipe for a good time is created. However, it being a sub-genre that is riddled with clichés, a similar problem is encountered with dozens of camping/cottage/ranch-trip-gone-wrong films because often nothing new is being brought to the screen, with quick and lacklustre death scenes that make it feel like every other typical movie before it. Desecrated, with its weak premise and predictable story arc, is definitely a film to pass on, because it is too similar to other films in its league.
Allie McClain takes her friends out for an impromptu getaway to her father's ranch, without his knowledge that they would be visiting. Upon arrival she is reunited with the abrasive caretaker, Ben, who has been living on the property rent-free as long as he watches over the property. Allie and Ben have known each other for several decades, which causes her boyfriend to feel a particular uneasy at his presence. Loneliness and a tragic past has caused Ben to become paranoid and harsh, as he lashes out at Allie's crew for being young and naive. Deeply irritated by their presence and desirous of solitude, Ben slowly takes care of his drunken twenty-something problem.
In spite of the fact that there is a removal of the whodunit aspect that some slasher flicks have, and the killer is known as Ben for almost the entire film, there is not enough that is different or entertaining in Desecrated. Each of the characters fall under the repeated archetypes seen in so many other films of its likeness. Haylie Duff plays the virginal lead female Allie McClain, alongside is her clueless boyfriend, their friends are one hyper-sexed couple, one jokester who is single, and one elusive siren who the jokester might be able to kiss if she smokes enough weed on the first night. Although archetypes can be humorous and knowingly playful in horror, there has to be some sort of variation to make the movie worth watching and identifiably different. Oftentimes viewers will see typical (to the point of being almost faceless) good-guys but an expanded and unique killer, but in Desecrated, Ben is relatively two-dimensional. The most interesting moments in this film are from Allie's strange and shadowy father, Tom (Michael Ironside), but with maybe ten minutes of screen time, there is no opportunity to expand on his character.
Desecrated has a very amateur script and production quality and is by no means a good film, but it is not the train wreck that it could be. Given some experience and a steering away from tired and dampened clichés, there is some promise that the future for these filmmakers could be interesting.