Review: Compound Fracture (2013)

Horror icon Tyler Mane and his wife Renae Geerlings wrote, starred and produced their new horror thriller COMPOUND FRACTURE. Check out my review below.

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COMPOUND FRACTURE (2013)

DIRECTED BY: ANTHONY J. RICKERT-EPSTEIN

WRITTEN BY: TYLER MANE AND RENAE GEERLINGS

STARS: TYLER MANE, MUSE WATSON, DEREK MEARS, RENAE GEERLINGS, ALEX SAXON

MPAA RATING: none

 

Tyler Mane, who is best known for his role as Michael Myers in Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN, Sabretooth in X-MEN, and Rufus in THE DEVILS REJECTS, bring us his own personal project, COMPOUND FRACTURE. COMPOUND FRACTURE was cowritten by Tyler and his wife Renae Geerlings, and costars them along with fellow horror icons Muse Watson (I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, NCIS), Derek Mears (FRIDAY THE 13TH, PREDATORS) and introducing Alex Saxon.

 

The movie is about a son who returns home to visit and take care of his father who suffers from dementia. However, when Michael (Tyler Mane) returns to his family’s “compound” he realizes his father Gary (Muse Watson) has changed since they last saw each other 20 years ago. The family is bonded by supernatural magic, but their past is riddled with abuse, abandonment and murder. Very quickly, Michael, his fiance Juliette (Renae Geerlings) and recently orphaned nephew Brandon (Alex Saxon) realize that all is not what it seems with Gary. Old feelings and skeletons in the closet come to the surface when they realize there’s something evil lurking outside the house.

 

Without giving too much away, this movie something horror and supernatural fans a like will enjoy. As for the writing, Tyler and Renae did a fantastic job of conveying both horror and supernatural onto the silver screen with easy. The combination of using different cameras and camera angles helped you feel as if you were in the house with the family too and made you feel as if you feared what was lurking outside the walls as well. To have a trifecta of horror icons in one movie can be risky but this is honestly the first film I can say where the “balance of power” is equal, and each of them works fantastically well with the others. Renae and Tyler’s both on-screen and off-screen partnership is clearly one where they share the same ideas about how to make their movie. They are both fantastic writers and fantastic actors. As a newbie, Alex Saxon is refreshing as a teenager who is battling with a tough exterior, but has an inner vulnerability that is the key to his successful character. Keep an eye out for a cameo from Todd Farmer. Derek Mears, who has hunted teenagers and been a predator ACES the creepy and evil factor to such perfection, I was even freaked out. Muse Watson is brilliant as an aging father who struggles with dementia and trying to keep the family together, despite the skeletons in the closet.

 

If you happen to live in a city on their grassroots promo tour, I HIGHLY suggest you grab a ticket. Not only will you see an amazing movie, you will have the chance to meet and greet Tyler and Renae. I had the pleasure of chatting with them both a bit (and an impromptu birthday singing spearheaded by Tyler) after seeing the movie. If you’re willing to buy the Gold VIP ticket, then you get to hang out with them at an after party. I personally drove 2 hours to go see the movie, and I was not left disappointed.

 

I only hope in the future of horror filmmaking will follow the likes of COMPOUND FRACTURE. It keeps you on your toes, scares you, and wishes you never have to be in a 4-way fist fight with Muse Watson, Tyler Mane, and Derek Mears. You will NOT survive!

 

To our new friends Tyler and Renae: You guys did a fantastic job! Keep up the AMAZING work and keep in touch!

 

For those who haven’t seen the trailer yet, here it is below:

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