“Sometimes it’s better to keep evil alive”
Retaliation is a 2021 American horror film about a pastor who seeks answers regarding the brutal murder of his daughter. In doing so, he discovers a dark and twisted underworld.
Co-directed by Samuel Gonzalez Jr. (War wounds) and Brigitte Smith (Sno Babies) from a screenplay co-written by Darren Geare and Jeff Allen Geare [as Jeff Allen].
The Better Noise Films production stars Michael Lombardi, Marc Menchaca, Joseph Gatt and Katie Kelly.
“… To say there is never a dull moment would be a gross understatement. Samuel Gonzalez Jr. and Bridget Smith’s film gives its audience no respite, constantly swinging between perspectives and timelines. confusing at first, Retaliation becomes a gritty, bloody, brutal slice of crowd-pleasing genre cinema. Backseat Mafia
“Retaliation‘ may well alarm some with its unusual take on the subject, but there’s a lot here that’s served up ironically, a parody of machismo and American bloodthirsty fantasy. Kudos too, for a brilliant tribute to the editing sequences in Rocky IV (1985), continuing the point, it’s all designed as a horror-comedy, a fun take on American masculinity in crisis and the country’s deeply entrenched lone hero mythology. Cinevue
“Enjoyable enough when it works within the confines of a gritty, gory genre effort, the fact that this one comes off slow enough to get that point and some awkward exposition to tie it all together manages to bring the film down slightly.” Don’s world of horror and exploitation
“With an ending that suggests a lesson learned but, shall we say, very elementary school level, it’s easy-going entertainment for those who want to enjoy a bit of violence and feel good about themselves. . It may look like a badass, but essentially, it’s undemanding plushies. eye for cinema
“While the film arguably gets a little too silly for its own good in the third act, Lombardi’s performance carries him from frame one to the last, elevating his more formulaic inclinations. A catch-all revenge thriller periodically energized by its splatter punk-rock flick brilliance, Retaliation nevertheless succeeds largely thanks to the captivating work of Michael Lombardi in the lead role. Glittering Myth
“The quirky plot, unpredictable scares, and violent finale combine to make Retaliation more than the sum of its parts. Stories of male revenge are nothing new, and neither the film’s two directors nor its two screenwriters have anything groundbreaking to say about it. Instead, he distracts from the contents of the refrigerator (women) with his dark affectations. horror dna
“Gonzales Jr. and Smith at the helm Retaliation with momentum, and the game’s cast members give their all. The third act is a dropper, with Chekov’s wood chipper in tow. horror fuel
“Retaliation is a chopped salad mess of a movie, with a plot that stretches beyond the believable, a shift in tone between the good guy introduction and the bad guys, countless minor characters, and a bloodbath towards the end. Hmm, suddenly I remember Frank and Zed; and likewise, this one is great fun despite the mess. Obsessive Horror
“We get a good explanation of why the biker gang moves their drug operation to an idyllic small town, but none why the community has so many irredeemable degenerates – and, on closer inspection, one of the hero’s moral decisions immediately leads to the death of a bunch of innocent […] Still, it’s a sick, fast-paced exploit picture that really delivers. Kim Newman’s website
“…it all comes together in a confrontation filled with splatters of messy revenge and unruly branching […] Rooted in a wild, Tarantino-esque mix of the trashiest tropes to unleash from the genre’s subterranean basement, Retaliation is – like John’s favorite 80s movie die hard (1988) – a Christmas cracker of a movie, bringing John and the viewer real, bloody satisfaction. Projected figures
“What is most baffling is the apparent moral of the story, as John’s hellish journey sees him murder large numbers of people and cause innocent deaths, only to take away that it’s okay to be violent in front of his children. While the opening moments seemingly overturned the idea of revenge, it’s disappointing for the film to back away from regressive ideas. Rodders Review
“The film was at its best when absolute mayhem ensued, the whole third act taken alone was great fun with beautiful special effects sold well by the competent cast, and a slight sense of genius that Bishop had somehow improbably become evil Deadit’s Ash. The preparation for this final act was very different in feel, the transition a bit abrupt. The Rotten Zombie
“From the great characterization that comes out of the script to the fact that it’s a movie that will make you think about what you would do under those circumstances, this is a movie that has to be considered one of the movies of the year despite the genre it is in. Add to that an incredible soundtrack […] and it is a cult film that I will remember for a long time. Subculture media
Retaliation had its world premiere at Arrow Video FrightFest 2021 in London on August 30.
The film will be released in the United States and Canada by CineLife Entertainment, and via Trafalgar Releasing for the rest of the world. A worldwide theatrical release is scheduled for September 14, 2022.
Cast and characters:
Michel Lombardi … Bishop
Marc Menchaca … Jed
Joseph Gatt … Ram Kady
Katie Kelly … Sarah
Hafer Abbey … Rebecca Bishop
Jacoby Shaddix … Quinn Brady
Brian O’Halloran… Obnoxious guy at Xmas Tree Place
Shannan Wilson … Debbie
Zoltan Bathory… Fang
Ivan L. Moody … Vic
Chris Kael … Decker
Corrie Graham … April
Gigi Gustin … Cynthia
Brian Tronieri … shop owner
Cris Kelly … Aunt Jody
Filming locations :
The Depression Palace, Vineland, New Jersey
The soundtrack for Retaliation features songs from Five Finger Death Punch, Tommy Lee, Papa Roach, The Hu, Ice Nine Kills and Escape The Fate.
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