Suburban Nightmare (2004)
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Don't be fooled by the cover of Suburban Nightmare. Rather than being an all out horror film about a sadistic serial killer married couple who slice and dice random victims in a gory mess, the film is actually a character study on the failing marriage of said married couple who have certainly done such heinous acts, but they aren't the focus in this low-budget War of the Roses type film. Charles (fun cult horror actor Trent Haaga) and Deborah (fellow horror actress Brandy Little) have both reached the end of their marriage and have grown to despise one another. During one long night, their squabbles escalate to the point where they begin trying to kill each other. Oh yeah, and a couple of people die in the cross fire, including sexy actress Anjanette Clewis (who sold me this movie!) who shows up that incredibly hot body of hers in a small scene (excellent titties). Surprsingly, the violence is minimal, in fact, small enough to not be mentioned in the rating system as the focus is genuinely on this couple. While the movie is definitely low-budget and suffers from the usual line-up of problems that happen with these kinds of films, I found Suburban Nightmare to be a unique look at what goes on outside the basement where all the dead bodies and human slaves reside. Overall, I found this film rather exceptional from director Jon Keeyes, who also wrote the film after the story was presented by cult scream queen Debbie Rochon. Not a bad little horror film.
[font=Courier New]Charles (Trent Haaga) and Deborah Rosenblad (Brandy Little) aren’t like most married couples. On the surface everything seems to be fine in their house, especially to dinner guests. Little to these hungry companions know that it is they who Charles and Deborah wish to prepare for dinner. But even these two murderous monsters can’t hide from the troubles that will test any marriage. And the two take domestic violence to a whole new level. Jon Keeyes’ [i]Suburban Nightmare[/i] has a funny premise, but never manages to do anything with it. The acting supplied by the two leads is very sub par, and hurts the film a lot during scenes where Charles and Deborah are fighting. Instead of sounding like a real couple at each others throats, they sound like a pair of would-be actors trying out for a soap opera. The movie does sport some creepy moments, especially the woman trapped in their basement who they refer to as “the pet.” But the movie is so timid about trying anything daring. With its concept, there could have been a lot of mayhem in this film, and maybe even some dark humor to it. But instead, the film is lazy and uninteresting almost throughout its whole length. I’ve been trying to give a lot of the straight to video horror films a chance, hoping I would discover a hidden classic. With[i] Suburban Nightmare[/i] and [i]Rest Stop[/i], which I will review shortly, I’m beginning to think straight to video isn’t what it use to be. Man do I wish the days of Full Moon and Troma would return. Well, the days when those two were good I mean.[/font]
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