Horror Review: Old 37 (2015)

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Two brothers intercept 911 calls in a beat up old ambulance to torture and kill helpless victims.

Director: Alan Smithee
Writers: Joe Landes, Paul Travers
Stars: Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley, Olivia Alexander
Release Date: 29 September 2015 (USA)
Runtime: 84 min

Director Christian Winters, under the pseudonym Alan Smithee, brings forward his take of the Joe Landes and Paul Travers penned tale, Old 37, a horror tale of a pair of brothers who intercept 911 calls in the attempts to torture helpless victims.

From the outset of the story, we are introduced to their father, who began the tradition, and as the story unravels, you can see how his kids take it to the next level.

The film stars genre favorites Bill Moseley from countless horror films including The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 to House of 1,000 Corpses and many others as Darryl and Kane Hodder, best known for his intense portrayal of Jason Voorhees in a few Friday the 13th films as his brother.

With Winters having to use a pseudonym, the viewer should expect a disjointed piece of work that seems to come from multiple sources. Directors using pseudonyms typically do so when they feel that they have lost control of their film. While there are some aspects of the film that lose focus, the film is not bad for what it is.

Moseley is typically hit or miss with his character portrayals. For some roles, he is amazing while others have him cashing a check and never dialing into the character. Having Hodder as a main character is never a good idea because his speaking roles are his weak points. Hodder is given a chance at a non speaking role and does a decent job with it. All in all, both characters are draws for horror fans, so just the inclusion of these names bring their fans flocking in to see their films.

The strong moments of Old 37 reside with the gore scattered throughout the film. The accident victims are typically badly scarred and bloody and those visuals are done very well. The lower moments of the film are during the story which jumps around a little too much at times with no rhyme of reason. At the end of the day, horror fans will not love Old 37, but they should get enough out of it to be a decent popcorn flick that they can enjoy once.

One important aspect to note about Old 37 is that this is a crowd-funded film, and after some duds using this means of funding, it is nice to see a more successful attempt.

Trust me. I’m a paramedic!

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