- X 2019
Kathleen Benner, Darrin Ramage (executive) for Cinema M3
directed by Guy Crawford
starring Kathleen Benner, Dale Denton, Eleni C.Krimitsos, Jada Kline, Jose Rosete, Wendy Crawford, Davina Joy, Amy Searcy, Pat Giglio, Ralph Randolph, Joe Estevez, Jimmy Flowers, Blake Laramie, Matt Robinson, Sarah Catherine Renshaw, Klor Rowland, Matt Michalek, Roxana Holzapfel, Jamise Grace Lidell, Melinda Evans, Devyn Pike, Aaron Ginn-Forsberg, Michael Holzapfel
written by Kathleen Benner, Guy Crawford, music by Morgan Tucker, special effects by Randy Arbogast, special makeup effects by Michael Peterson, Sarah Catherine Renshaw
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In a remote Texan backwoods village, the Barleys are living on a
healthy diet of human flesh, mainly out-of-towners attractive Sugar Barley
(Kathleen Benner) picks up at the local bar. And to make sure that the law
does not force them to change the menu, family patriarch Jonas (Dale
Denton) has become the local sheriff.
One day, Sugar steals a little
girl, Tabitha (Jada Kline) right out of her mother Donna's (Eleni
C.Krimitsos) car when Donna's not looking. The Barleys keep Tabitha alive
though to fatten her up and make her their perfect Sunday dinner ... but
Tabitha is quick to make friends with hunky and dim-witted Woody Barley
(Jose Rosete), who is to guard the box she's kept in and who's the only
one of the family who has never killed anyone. The more the story
progresses, the more she convinces him to help her escape.
Donna tries to move heaven and earth to track down her daughter, but only
seems to run into wall after wall put up by the local sheriff, Jonas
himself, so much so that she starts to suspect him of having to do with
the disappearance of her daughter himself (and rightly so of course).
Donna follows Jonas home, waits until he's out again, is able to find her
daughter thanks to Woody, battles it out with Sugar, whom she kills in the
process, and even runs over the Barleys' mutant son Sonny (Pat Giglio)
when she and her daughter make their getaway by car.
Mother and daughter
are reunited, but has that changed every so much on the grander scale of
Nope, from now on it's just Sugar's younger sister Fancy (Davina
Joy) who's luring strangers to their place.
An only moderately
appealing black comedy: On the plus side, this film is enjoyably macabre
without becoming too gross, and Kathleen Benner is at least easy on the
eye and puts some irony into her performance, on the negative side though,
Benner's overacting as well as that of most of her clan does get a bit
annoying before too long, the film could have done with a creepier
atmosphere, and the finale can't be described as anything else but
anticlimactic, with the lame fight scene between Donna and Sugar and the
chase that follows seemingly trying to outdo each other in terms of lack
of tension and suspense.
In all, maybe not a total loss, but then again
not something you need to have seen either.