The Laughing Mask’ written and directed by Michael Aguiar is the newest slasher we screened and it brought together a slasher villain that’s somewhat Batman-like, as evil as The Joker and looks like Bugguul from Sinister.
Jake (John Hardy) has lost his wife to the Laughing Mask killer. Recently, his daughter has been kidnapped by this same madman. Jake must work with the diligent detective, Kate O’Malley (Sheyenne Rivers), to track down this elusive man. But, where the Laughing Mask takes him, Jake is unprepared to go. Jake must deal with a strange assortment of monsters and creatures, within the Laughing Mask’s darkened lair.
The Laughing Mask’ is the introduction to a new villain in the world of horror. After watching the film for the second time, [which you have to do to in order to give it justice] I came to a conclusion, the only downfall of this film was its casting. The character The Laughing Mask’ at first thought makes me think “Batman meets Joker”. I say that because the villain acts like Batman cleaning the streets of injustice but acts like the Joker in a ways of torturing and killing his victims. The Laughing Mask’ villain, targets mainly those who slipped through the Justice System’s fingers, rapist, molesters, murderers you name it. The killer is a supernatural being that makes you pay your debt to society one way or another. Which frankly after reading what each of his victims were involved with doing you almost find yourself rooting for them to be next.
My overall impression on the film starring John Hardy, Sheyenne Rivers, Gabriel Lee and Jeffrey Jenkins is..eh. The Laughing Mask’ definitely has potential..if it’s remade. Like I said before, the only downfall is the casting. Great villain, great script, mediocre casting. Very few members of the cast made an impression on me, the only one that did was Ms. Sheyenne Rivers.
If you’d like to give the film a chance be my guest. Courtesy of Leomark Studios’ acquiring the rights to the film, June 24th The Laughing Mask’ will be released on VOD.