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For the Sake of Vicious – Fantasia Film Festival 2020

For the Sake of Vicious

The Siege Film done right. Lots of Gore and Practical FX makes For the Sake of Vicious a showstopper.

The newest film from directing duo Gabriel Carrer and Reese Eveneshen, For the Sake of Vicious, is blunt force trauma action horror.  The movie is sure to delight anyone with a taste for practical gore effect and a fondness for the siege film.

Three seemingly disconnected people; a criminal (Colin Paradine), a nurse (Lola Burke), a father (Nick Symth) end up in a house. The father has a connection to each.  He has tied the criminal up because of what he thinks the criminal has done.  No sooner than a battle of wills has begun that another battle, one for their lives has started.  Forced to work together if they’re going to survive the night from a looming violent force. 

The type of horror/action hybrid that would make John Carpenter proud.  Though For the Sake of Vicious is blunt and dangerous in the way that even Carpenter’s early work isn’t.  More akin to the work of William Lustig or Sean Cunningham this action film is the kind of film that pops with unexpected gore FX that’s sure to please the more cultish of action fans. 

Seeped in the type of blunt force violence that is right at home on a VHS from the 1980s or late-night cable.  The FXs work is the type of heightened realism that would make Tom Savini proud. Carrer and Eveneshen know how to build set pieces and know that the gore is not only the centerpiece but is a part of the story with the best of credos; visceral, not gross.

For the Sake of Vicious is not for the faint at heart but is guaranteed to make fans out of many. 

For the Sake of Vicious is playing Fantasia September 2nd

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