Why? that’s the new film from director Corbin Timbrook. I’ve got some thoughts, so bear with me as I try my best to express them properly in this review.
Starring Natasha Henstridge (Species), Emma Bell (“The Walking Dead”), and genre staple Lance Henriksen (Aliens), Why? could best be described as a slasher.
The story centers on a writer who takes off to a rental cabin, where she will stay until her boyfriend arrives a few days later not knowing she is being stalked by a killer.
Where to start? You could say that some of the acting was decent (sometimes). But that’s about as far as the compliments are going to go in this review. Sorry.
Here’s my problem with Why?, the entire time I was watching this movie I kept feeling like I have seen it before, then I realized, I had, sort of. If you took scenes and troupes from the main slashers, the classics, reshot them, and threw them together this is what you would get. A cabin in the woods? Check. Campers having sex in the woods? Check. Dead animals depicted to get under your skin? Check. Phone problems? Check. People ignoring their gut feelings? Check. Ugh! How many times have we seen this before? A lot.
As for the villain, if Michael Myers, Jason Vorhees, and Leatherface somehow had mentally challenged, mute, bastard child this guy is what you’d get, and not in a cool way. He moves like Jason, hunts like Michael, and likes to peel off people’s faces and wear them like a mask. Any of that sound familiar? There is absolutely zero originality in this killer. We’ve seen him played by many actors, in many movies, over and over again. Do people think horror fans are too dumb to notice this stuff? We’re not.
The cinematography is fine, if you like shakey cam and constantly bouncing between styles, which in the end just made me feel nauseous.
The movie is generic and is filled with recycled ideas. Sure, filmmakers want to pay homage to horror classics, and I get that, but this just goes beyond that. If you like originality, great acting, and an interesting story, skip Why? and watch something else. If you still want to watch it, it’s out now on VOD and Digital, from High Octane Pictures.
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