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The problem with 'Otis' is that it keeps getting in its own way.
Not since Carrie has the prom been this much bloody fun!
What a strange, strange movie. It's made by people who obviously love horror and they have fun playing with it. As a result, I really liked watching them do it. I found the story utterly unpredictable, and it veered in odd directions for a horror movie. The comedy in this movie was very dark, but not so much so that it wasn't there. One of the strange things about this film is the lack of clear distinctions between the heroes and villains: Otis has real innocence to him, and Riley's parents have a real mean streak (that manifests in very funny ways). I also love the cocky detective who thinks he's the main character in his own cop drama, instead of an inept agent of the forces of Chaos. The more I tell you about this movie, the more I'd run the risk of giving too much away. I really liked this, and I really regret not buying it when I had the chance. Grrr!
C'mon... not funny enough, not gorey enough, not exciting enough... Otis is a big fat waste of what could've been a classic, but is now probably forgotten or never heard about. I don't remember it being on Pay-Per-View, and now it's getting a double-feature Blu-ray release with Doctor Giggles, another misunderstood and weak horror flick. I really wanted to like Otis, from its trailer and cover artwork, but it bored me. I liked the retro music they used; Devo's "Gut Feeling" fit the girl-escape-attempt scene perfectly. The turnaround of the plot I didn't see coming, but the painful revenge scenes had violence only implied. It can't compete with others like Saw, Hostel, Mother's Day, Bad Ronald, Juno, etc. -- which it wanted so badly to be. Otis was a cruel and stupid kidnapper - the scenes of him trying to recreate his high school football dreams went on too long.
A dark comedy with the emphasis on "dark". This is a film that starts out violent and brutal and then tries to make you laugh. The underlying premise is "the lighter side of abduction, rape and murder" and, not surprisingly, it just doesn't work.
It's a good attempt and helluva lot better than your average horror fare, but it can't compete with other horror satires.
Something about this movie just didn't work for me, and I think it's Otis. Not so much the actor, but the lack of effective characterization. Otis' obsession is not believable nor is it a direct commentary of another movie; it's just flat and lifeless. I didn't think the funny parts were funny, just a poor attempt at twisted humor. The screenwriter should have watched a few more films in the horror satire genre, and the director and actors should have instantly passed on this one.
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