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Revenge is a dish best served crazy ‘Crazy Bitches’ – movie review

Yes, the more and more we try and deny it the statement remains true. “life is a bitch!” Even more so when you look at those who surround you and what influence they may have on your life. When a group of friends get together for a reunion you would expect good times, laughs, and drinks. What you have in Crazy Bitches is lies, betrayal, and yes murder. In the vein of classic giallo styled slashers we have this downtrodden film from the extraordinary filmmaker Jane Clark. Filled with laughs, suspense, and well crafted gore Crazy Bitches is a deep slasher that knows it’s roots and excels in the lavish world of horror. Read on for more.

Immediately notice upon viewing Crazy Bitches that you are watching a horror comedy. Normally it would be no point in relishing on that notion but for a film that reaches the depths of character development like we witness here it’s worth mentioning. The difference between what Clark provides in Bitches that you normally don’t see in most slashers is character “investment“. This lends more to the pen of Clark then  her work behind the lens as she proves once again the ability to make the most out of her characters. Another thing you can attribute this to is the great work by the cast involved. None of the performances in Crazy Bitches felt out of place or awkward which is hard to do with such a dynamic cast. In all honesty what i’m trying to relay to you the reader is something that I have been fighting in my head both times I watched this amazing horror flick. This is not a movie. This is the culmination of a group of friends who have pushed beyond the boundaries of companionship and now must endure the ultimate fate for their mistreatment. Crazy Bitches felt more like a series to me than just a standard film. Usually a slasher film focuses more on the killer than those being killed. That is not the case in Crazy Bitches which is a refreshing change of pace.

Another one of the can’t miss elements of Crazy Bitches is the campfire tale of the kids ridiculing the help that looms over the story. That pushes the film through the slasher sub genre and opens the door to allow another dynamic to take place. You will question every moment of Bitches and will have no shot at guessing how it ends. As of person who has always looked to the slasher genre as the end all be all in horror, I can say I was quite pleased with Crazy Bitches. Not since 2006’s ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE  has a slasher breathed with such ease that those not fans of horror could enjoy. Does it have its moments of unbridled rage and chaos? Of course it does. There is a few scenes in this film that any gorehound could appreciate. Through the deflection of the story you will see that the traditional elements rooted in any great slasher you have seen are all here but there is something looming that just makes Crazy Bitches stand alone. Oh wait of course, it’s the cast of the Crazy Bitches!

While most reviewers would have focused immediately on the troop of characters found in Crazy Bitches it would be understandable but also in my opinion a disservice. Look, I’m a fan of everyone involved, from the hilarity of BJ (Andy Gala) to the innocence of Taylor (Samantha Colburn). The spoiled high maintenance attitude of Belinda(Guinevere Turner) to the closet perviness of Princess (Mary Jane Wells). This is a very unique bunch to watch on screen. They all have great chemistry with each other which works well for Crazy Bitches throughout. Personal favorites are the sexually intense, primal, lesbian fem-bomb bitch, Cassie. Played by the stunning and long legged Cathy DeBuono (she mentions volleyball in the film and yes those legs did play the sport!) she gives great grit to the film and can we please see Candis Cayne in everything? While she was not as featured in Crazy Bitches as in METH HEAD it’s hard not to deny that foxy diva when she’s on film.

The true downfall for Crazy Bitches is its greatest aspect. The solidity of the characters. For some it’s going to be too much. Horror fans will want to see more kills and less banter. Admittedly I was not a fan of the music at all. On certain segments it took away from the scenes as I was focusing more on what was being said in the songs. That’s great for the talented artists but not for the film. It is just sad that we live is such a troll obsessed; dumb downed society; that things that would allow this film to flourish  will be the main complaints. I know Crazy Bitches will do well because it will reach pass the normal horror demographic. How will it do in our world is still a mystery. Regardless Crazy Bitches is a stellar slasher flick. Not only does it pay homage to the films we hold dear but it exceeds it. Plain and simple bitches will always be crazy and the horror world should be happy to have Crazy Bitches!

4.5/5

 

Crazy Bitches is directed and written by Jane Clark. It stars Samantha Colburn, Naya Wallace, Andy Gala, Guinevere Turner, Cathy DeBuono, Liz McGeever, Mary Wells, Blake Berris, John W. McLaughlin, Eddie Daniels, Trey McCurley, David Fumero,and Riley Berris. Crazy Bitches will premiere July 17th at the Ford Amphitheater as a part of OUTFEST. Crazy Bitches is a Film McQueen Production.

 

CRAZY BITCHES AT OUTFEST

July 17th at 8:30 PM

FORD THEATRES

2580 Cahuenga Blvd, East

Hollywood, CA 90068

Go here to purchase tickets!

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