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Beast Mode

USA 2020
produced by
Chris W. Freeman, Spain Willingham, Aaron Scotti, Sudhir Dubey (executive), Robert Lutz (executive), Michael Yopko (executive), Tyler Jackson (executive) for Citicine Productions, UP & AWAY Productions, Brickyard Films
directed by Chris W. Freeman, Spain Willingham
starring C. Thomas Howell, James Duval, Leslie Easterbrook, Robert Costanzo, James Hong, Douglas Bennett, Daz Crawford, Constance Brenneman, Ray Wise, Carrie Finklea, Spain Willingham, Teddy Margas, Allana Matheis, Sherry Edwards, Suzanne Quast, Aaron Scotti, Albert Minero jr, J.T. Jackson, Adam Zastrow, Robert Lutz, Melissa Ricci, Isabella Cascarano, Luccia Rivera, Steve Fix, Thomas Downey, Christian Dubey, Kristina Ho, Vanessa Barco, Riley Donovan, David Castro, Big Mike Mitchell, Patricia Kalis, Teodor Falcon, Stephen Chang
written by Chris W. Freeman, Spain Willingham, Drew Fortune, music by Paul Cristo, Tom Schraeder, Chris W. Freeman, crature design by Brian Wade

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Producer Breen Nash (C. Thomas Howell) needs to get his career back on track after his last movie bombed, and his boss Skram (Daz Crawford) already places his head on the block, but Nash seems to have found the solution: Star power in the person of Huckle Saxton (James Duval), Hollywood's latest "bad boy". Thing is, Saxton seems to take his bad boy image way too seriously and thus is a nightmare on set - and off. But that's not the problem, the problem is that Nash accidently runs over Huckle with his car and kills him when on their way to a meeting with an investor (James Hong). Now fortunately, Nash and his team are quick to find a guy who looks exactly like Huckle and figure he can take over at least for the shoot - but there's a problem, he has a big scar across his face, one that can't be hidden by makeup. Fortunately, Nash's makeup woman (Leslie Easterbrook) has a solution here, a secret magic lotion from South America should do the trick - a lotion that of course comes with its own pitfalls ...

Now fake Huckle makes a real effort to fit in, and he even tries to mend things with the real Huckle's estranged wife (Allana Matheis) - and it's not long before people, first and foremost obese celebrity blogger Finnegan (Teddy Margas), who has a private feud with Huckle, notice there's something off with Huckle (even if it's technically for the better) ... but the real problems only start when fake Huckle turns into a monster at night - a side effect of the lotion. But things get really bad when the lotion gets around a bit and more and more Hollywoodians turn into monsters, including Skram and ultimately even Nash himself, and as a result the film's wrap party turns into a disaster zone ...

 

Now while Beast Mode is not exactly a cinematic milestone, it's nevertheless a very entertaining blend of biting Hollywood satire and 1980s style monster movie with a certain comicbook vibe to it. And while some of the comedy in the movie is too crude to hit its mark, overall it's a really fun ride, carried by a solid ensemble led by a very likeable C. Thomas Howell and sparkled with many Hollywood veteran cameos, with some wonderful monster makeup and also gore where gore is due - so should be pretty entertaining for every horror fan who likes some comedy to go with it.

 

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