FILM REVIEW: Becky

If you don't enjoy movies where people get viciously killed for fun, then you're just not going to like Becky.

This isn't one of those movies that will convert people outside the genre - it exists purely for horror/thriller fans who don't mind a little gruesome murder on a Sunday afternoon.

Just like people who don't like musicals won't enjoy La La Land, and people who don't like action won't enjoy Mission: Impossible, there's just not really a space for the non-horror crew when it comes to Becky.

And there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.

The thoroughly enjoyable film plays like a murderous Home Alone.

It sees the titular young teen confronted with a group of recently-escaped prisoners who have taken her family hostage in a remote home in the woods. To save them - and herself - Becky must use all her wits and resources including, but not limited to, killing her assailants.

Lulu Wilson (The Haunting of Hill House, Sharp Objects) is fantastic as Becky, embodying both her bratty teenager side and freakishly clever survivalist side to great effect.

Community star Joel McHale plays her dad while The Handmaid's Tale's Amanda Brugel is her stepmother-to-be.

Titular teen: Lulu Wilson stars as Becky in the new horror/thriller of the same name, rated R18+, in cinemas now.

Titular teen: Lulu Wilson stars as Becky in the new horror/thriller of the same name, rated R18+, in cinemas now.

But its the casting of funnyman Kevin James (The King of Queens, various Adam Sandler movies) as the neo-Nazi skinhead leader of the escaped convicts that is the most striking.

One would think it'd be hard to picture the guy best known for evoking laughs in a decidedly unfunny role, but James manages to pull off the really evil dude really well.

Becky moves along at a cracking pace and, clocking in at just over 90 minutes, does not outstay its welcome or make your brain question the logic of the situation too closely.

The death scenes are very gruesome and the effects department definitely deserves some props for their work.

The music - by Nima Fakhrara - is also great, with an odd, breathy energy that is reminiscent of both the Friday the 13thscore and the recent, whimsical work of Bear McCreary and Jason La Rocca in Child's Play.

If the film, directed by Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion, reaches a big enough audience (it will have to rely on word of mouth because the marketing budget seems to be severely lacking) it has the potential to become a cult favourite.

If you're into this sort of thing, check out Becky on the big screen before it leaves cinemas.

Rating: 7.5/10

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