Plot: When four female friends go on a retreat to a secluded lakeside cabin, they soon realize they’re not alone. Masked intruders try to take them hostage, but as they fight back, the friends get a taste for something more than the will to survive. Will their fate be as victim or executioner?
Thoughts From The Popcorn Gallery:
The Executioners is an Orlando Florida film that suffers from a weak story that honestly gives too much away in the beginning and doesn’t go far enough to compete with similar themed films. After a mysterious start the film opens up with four girls heading toward a vacation home for some fun and relaxation. After a quick look around the house there is a knock on the door and Belle, played by Jemma Dallender, goes to answer it. It’s the caretaker’s nephew David, played by Justin Fisher, just making sure the girls don’t need anything and to let them know that his uncle is down with a cold. Now this guy is your everyday normal looking guy. Nothing that would scream creeper or danger, but these girls, especially Belle, act like this guy is the creepiest guy they ever saw. The film also throws in some dark music to cuts of the girls looking at each other with concern. Honestly, their reaction is over the top and makes no sense. If they really wanted to make the girls really feel uncomfortable with him then they should have hired another actor and not such a pretty boy guy who makes no visible or verbal threat to the girls for them to react the way they do later in the film. So later that night, and only minutes into the film, and I already figured it all out. The filmmaker showed his cards, and the whole story, including who the real villain is, is revealed. Now as a viewer if I’m able to figure out who the killer is by the first few minutes the rest of the film is a wash.
At this point the film tries to add some suspense and ramp up the tension when someone starts banging on the front door. But it leads to nothing as the girls all decide to leave the house and go down the road to a hotel. Then, as expected, the check list of horror appears and starts going down the line. No phone service or cut line, Check, Forgot the key, Check, Oh Damn someone flattened our tires, Check, Running up the stairs and locking yourself in a room, Check, and of course the main check of four girls alone in a big house at night. After we get through the check list the girls go into full Rambo mode. Mind you all of this over still thinking that David is trying to get them even though he made no threats to them at all. It’s like David is Michael Myers or Freddy Kruger or some other movie monster; but finally when the real bad guys show up they are cookie cutter villains who are more talk than bite. I was bored as the film tried to create tension and suspense between them and the girls. In the end there is no real torture to speak of and the attacks on the girls seem like amateur filmmaking. The girls do eventually get the upper hand and how it happens is laughable. They tie up the guys and you think now they’re gonna get what’s coming to them, but it never truly materializes. There is a great scene where Belle takes out a black dildo, comments that it has been good to her and then throws it to one of the guys to rape the other one. This scene could have been so much more, but it is shot so amateurish that you never feel the cringe moment that could have been, lots of crying and screaming from the guys and thats about it. So then we come to the predicable end where the remaining characters do stupid things and the true villain is revealed. Surprise…….. Nope.
Like I said at the begin of this review, what hurt this film was the story. It tried to be something that in the end it couldn’t achieve. Now the good in this film were the actors, they all turned in good performances with what they were given to work with. Natalie Burn, Jemma Dallender, Rachel Rosenstein, Anthony Belevtsov, Michael Santi, Anna Shields and Fernando Soto Jr. The cinematography by Jose Zambrano Cassella was on point, and the editing and music was okay for what was needed.
Over all the filmmakers get a B for the effort but a D for the film.