The Grump Of Horror Reviews ‘Becky’

Becky is a thirteen year old girl who has struggled since the death of her mother. When her father takes her to their woodland home, where she discovers her father is planning to remarry. However, the getaway turns into a battle for survival when a group of escaped convicts, led by a neo-Nazi turn up…

Ever wanted to see Kevin James, no really, THAT Kevin James as a neo-Nazi? Then Becky is the film for you! And to be totally fair, he is very good in the role, suitably menacing as Dominick, the leader of the escaped convicts.

Joel McHale plays Becky’s father and he’s not too bad in the role. Amanda Brugel plays his new girlfriend, Kayla, and she too is good. The other members of the group, Apex, Cole and Hammond, are played by Robert Maillet, Ryan McDonald and James McDougall respectively are okay too.

But this is Lulu Wilson’s film. As Becky she captures, in the early scenes, her anger and anguish as she struggles with dealing with not only her mother’s death and later on her transformation into a anger-filled attack on the convicts. In both cases, Lulu Wilson is very good indeed.

The film is co-directed by Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion (who made the horror comedy Cooties a few years ago) and they stage the action scenes very well indeed, with brutal bloody scenes of violence. The film really doesn’t skimp on that at all! But they also do well with the other scenes too, showing Becky’s anger and also in the scenes between the violence, helped by a good cast.

The film is written by Nick Morris, Ruckus Skye and Lane Skye. While there is a ‘Home Alone’ feel with regards to Becky’s fightback, where the film really hits is in the effects the violence has on people. One of the convicts, Apex, has had his fill and doesn’t want to hurt children anymore (an earlier scene really hits hard even though we see nothing) and in a key moment, when confronted by Becky, tells her the effect the violence could have on her. Even Dominick can see what Becky is capable off as the film heads to its ending. It’s something the film hints at. It is rare for films of this type to even consider the effects of violence on those driven to it and Becky deserves credit for touching on it.

I quite enjoyed Becky. It’s well made, well acted, the violence is brutal and bloody and yet there is a hint of fun in there too. Certainly I found myself smiling and wincing, sometimes within the same scene.

It’s a good little film and one I think it well worth taking a look at.

Rating: **** out of 5

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