A Sweet and Vicious Beauty (2012) **
D: Eric Thornett
C: Bette Cassatt, Sara Cole, Brenden McDouga, Omar Ott, Todd Hunter
Plot Synopsis: A terminally ill recluse goes on a murderous rampage severing the heads of the townsfolk, in order to take in their last breath and to strength her own life force in the process.
Review: A Sweet and Vicious Beauty is a big old mess. The first 25 minutes drag on forever .....and ever and ever. When it does finally pick up, there are some wonderfully spooky & atmospheric moments. However, it loses momentum (yet again) when it drags onto a totally unnecessary final act. A Sweet and Vicious Beauty could've easily shaved 40 minutes off its running time and it still would've made sense.
As far as the acting is concerned, Bette Cassatt has some good moments throughout, but a lot of the other actors come across wooden. Some of the costumes are stunning, but other costumes feel ....well, too costumey. Some of the humor is laugh out loud worthy, but it feels out of place. Some of the photography looks striking, while other parts of the photography feel completely overwrought.
A Sweet and Vicious Beauty has ideas, but instead of editing anything, it's as those they tried to cram everything they thought of into the film's running time. Some of those ideas are good, some of them are bad. I think it goes without saying, that the film could use another round at the editing table, but at least the film has ambition, something that has been sorely missing in a lot of latter day horror films. [Not Rated] 130 mins.
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