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Violent Kind, The (DVD Review)

7 May, 2011 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Street 5/10/11
$27.97 DVD, $29.97 Blu-ray
Rated ‘R’ for strong bloody sadistic violence, sexual content, language throughout, and some graphic nudity.
Stars Corey Knauf, Taylor Cole, Bret Roberts, Christina Prousakis, Tiffany Shepis.

Backed by a catchy title, indie horror film The Violent Kind turns conventional victimhood on its ear — with obligatory results.

With an unknown but worthy cast, directors The Butcher Brothers skillfully showcase a gang of degenerate Bay Area bikers who appear most at ease screwing girls and destroying each other through brawls, beer and drug running.

Pillars of the community they’re not. But the second-generation gang apparently does respect a mother’s birthday, which involves reconnoitering at a secluded cabin up in the mountains.

Amid the din of cigarette smoke, booze, blaring music, tattoos and topless pole dancers, reflective Cody (Corey Knauf) is subjected to drama from ex-girlfriend Michelle (well-played by Tiffany Shepis). He barely notices her sister Megan’s (Christina Prousakis) advances — distracted in part by pack leader Q’s (Bret Roberts) machismo, his hot girlfriend, Shade (Taylor Cole), and idiot sidekick, Elroy (Nick Tagas).

That is unfortunate, since mental clarity soon becomes a precious commodity when unexplained occurrences begin to descend upon the house — conveniently after most of the bikers have departed astride their noisy hogs.

In fact, when Michelle re-appears at the front door a bloody mess, it quickly becomes apparent that things are not what they appear to be. And therein lies the story twist that soon finds the bikers at the mercy of a gang of extraterrestrial rockabilly greasers.

Spearheaded by diabolical (but charming) Vernon (Joe Egender), the greasers want Michelle (or what’s inside her) — a request that by then should seem understandable to most viewers, but not, of course, to who’s left of the bikers.

About the Author: Erik Gruenwedel

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