‘Becky‘ is a home-invasion horror film directed by Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion being based on a screenplay written by Nick Morris, Lane Skye, and Ruckus Skye. It was released through Redbox Entertainment and Quiver Distribution.
Becky (Lulu Wilson) is still angry over a year after the death of her mother and frustrated with her father Jeff (Joel McHale), who brought his girlfriend Kayla (Amanda Brugel) and her son Ty (Isaiah Rockcliffe) to their family cabin. Things get even tenser when Jeff announces that he and Kayla are getting married, causing Becky to run off. However, a group of escaped neo-nazi convicts led by Dominick (Kevin James) and his surrogate “son” Apex (Robert Maillet) invade the isolated home, searching for a mysterious key that they had hidden in the cabin. When Becky realizes she has the key, she works to outsmart these invaders in order to stay safe and avoid the growing violent acts of the home-invaders.
I would like to caution parents, observe the rating. This is not a family film, but a horror flick that is incredibly violent, bloody, gory, and has a ton of disturbing scenes. This is not something to take lightly.
As a movie, the horror aesthetics are there to send a shiver down your spine. You feel the growing pressure of both the family that is being held hostage, Becky as she navigates the frightening circumstances, and the psychopathic criminals who do not care about the lives of their victims or the chaos they are spreading. It does evoke genuine terror as you witness the events of that happen before you.
I thought the performances of the actors were excellent as well. Lulu Wilson does a good job playing a girl who unleashes her anger on these psychopaths who are attacking her family. Likewise, and perhaps the most disturbing, is Kevin James. He plays this part extraordinarily well. Typically, he does comedic roles, occasionally dramatic, but having never seen him play a villain in this manner was troubling. His performance was excellent and you feel the terror that he gives off.
Now, there were a few plot holes that stuck out. For example, the origin of the aforementioned key. No clue is given how it got in the cabin, the reason for its importance, or how Becky stumbled upon it. You do not think about it too much during the movie, but afterward, this MacGuffin sticks in your mind. It does not derail the movie, but it does not make you wonder.
Bottom line, Becky is a horrifying thriller that delivers on the gore, scares, and frights on every single level. Yes, there are one or two plot holes, but the dynamic performances, particularly of Kevin James, will keep you focused on the film.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Gory images, Strong foul language, Grisly violence
FAVORITE QUOTE: Lucky for us… I brought a lie detector.
Check out the trailer below:
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