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Cry Havoc

Bullets! Boobs!  Blood! Bronzi! Writer/director Rene Perez knows exactly what we want from our SINema and absolutely delivers a stunner of a genre mash-up with Cry Havoc.

Cry Havoc, the fourth in a series of horror flicks from Perez, begins in an unsettling manner as a young woman lies on the barren ground.  Her eyelids flutter.  She’s been beaten badly, but is still alive.  

"Want a little bit of the ultra-violence?  Then sit back because Cry Havoc delivers plenty of gore"


Prepare yourself accordingly.  This movie NEVER lets up.  In fact, this engaging sequence - expertly shot by Perez - is probably the slowest the film gets because it is an apocalyptic landscape that awaits her as she wakes up.  And getting the mood just right is essential.  

And Perez nails it.  Fire is raging all around her and the woods look as if they’ve been charred to a crisp by an atomic blast.  As she tries to move, she discovers that she is chained to something.  It’s breathing and it is covered in loose rags and blood.  Suddenly, it rises.  We know, as fans of Perez’s Playing with Dolls series, that this hulking mass as HAVOC (J.D. Angstadt) and he’s back!  

With barbed wire wrapped around his Leatherface-like head and a giant blade nearby, she realizes that this creature is ALIVE!  Let the screaming begin!  She can’t run from that to which she is chained to.  Her nightmare is just beginning.

But, alas, it turns out that she is the daughter of a rogue police officer (Charles Bronson look-a-like Robert Bronzi of Death Kiss and Once Upon a Time in Deadwood fame) and he is hellbent on bringing her back home in one piece. {googleads}

The trick is getting onto the compound where this lunatic is let loose upon.  But, really, why would you?  The bloodbath that HAVOC is unleashing here involves gripping a man’s jaw and ripping his head open, drilling a hole into a jugular vein, head smashing, ripping out intestines and nearly splitting a poor girl in two.  And that’s not to mention all the deleted scenes we revisit from the other films in the series.  Want a little bit of the ultra-violence?  Then sit back because Cry Havoc delivers plenty of gore.

The compound and its security team is owned  and operated by one of the FBI’s Most Wanted.  His name is Voyeur (Richard Tyson, back in his role) and he’s the millionaire behind the release of this psychotic serial killer.  This compound is HIS stomping ground and Voyeur (who lures all sorts of beautiful women to this place to see them lose their shirts and then get gutted) likes to watch him work.

But, now, he wants to tell his side of the story.  These aren’t snuff films he’s making.  This is art.  This is real life.  These women, their breasts, and their deaths are recorded so that people can experience what it means to really be alive.  Call them performance pieces if you like, just don’t refer to them as snuff films.

An ambitious reporter, Ellen Weaver (Emily Sweet), is about to learn the hard way when she finds herself in the midst of the bloody-soaked activities at the compound.  She scored an interview with Voyeur, but when it goes south, she finds herself strung up, topless and, soon enough, running for her life from HAVOC.

Bronzi, still searching for his daughter, is her only hope.  Cry Havoc

Perez combines grindhouse-like horror thrills with a mesh-up of rugged action scenes as a very cool Bronzi, in a leather jacket, guns down one security guard after another with steel-like 1970s action film precision only to wind up in a bare-knuckled fistfight with a Jason Voorhees-like figure of horror.  And the genre crunch works here to deliver a titanic finale as Bronson, I mean Bronzi, rolls all Hard Times-like and dukes it out with this masked menace, who loves to be challenged on his home turf. 

Writer-director Rene Perez’s Cry Havoc premieres on demand May 5 from Midnight Releasing and October Coast.  It is a showdown you won’t want to miss.

Bronzi is back!

4/5 stars

Cry Havoc

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Cry Havoc (2019)

MPAA Rating: Unrated.
Runtime:
85 mins
Director
: Rene Perez
Writer:
Rene Perez
Cast:
J.D. Angstadt, Robert Bronzi, Emily Sweet
Genre
: Horror
Tagline:
A Rene Perez Film.
Memorable Movie Quote: "his identity is shrouded in such mystery that he's only known to law enforcement agencies as The Voyeur."
Distributor:
Midnight Releasing and October Coast
Official Site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tk30RJBhioc&feature=youtu.be
Release Date:
May 5, 2020
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Synopsis: An ambitious young reporter is granted an interview with one of the FBI’s most wanted. While entering his compound she finds one of his prized possessions, a serial killer who murders at call, called HAVOC. Her only hope is a rogue police man searching for his daughter.

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Cry Havoc (2019)

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