For the Sake of the Vicious on Shudder

During this time of a pandemic we have all grown in our appreciation for health care workers. None more so than nurses as we all have come to know how they are underpaid and overworked. So a film involving a hardworking single mom nurse seems like a case of perfect timing on the part of Shudder. What we might not have expected was a horror film. But this is exactly what this one, directed by the duo of Gabriel Carrer (In the House of Flies, The Demolisher) and Reese Eveneshen (Defective, Dead Genesis), is.

Carrer and Eveneshen, who are film veterans but this is their first time working together, also wrote the script for the film which was originally released in 2020. What ultimately brings down the film and is certainly the weakest element is the script.

As an overworked nurse, single mom Romina (Lora Burke – Motherly, Poor Agnes) is looking forward to returning home after another grueling shift. You know how they say be careful what you wish for? Well, buckle in, as this is what happens here.

It is Halloween night and Romina has just finished a late shift. Once home it becomes her own night from hell as inside her home a crazed man is hiding out. But he is not alone he has a hostage, who is tied up and been beaten up. That is not the end of it, though. As the house becomes like a magnet attracting all kinds of hostile people. It leads to the nurse teaming up with the original intruder in an attempt to get out alive. This is going to be the battle of Romina’s life.

It is too bad that the script/story is not up to the task here as the cast and cinematography by Alex Tong, who has worked on a slew of shorts, are both good. The story really is the backbone of any film and here there is no spine to keep things standing tall.

Once Romina arrives home it basically becomes a series of physical confrontations. One after another. Here beatdown is the word. There is precious little dialogue to be had as a result. The focus is violence, so if that is not your bag then turn this off. Even those who do enjoy violence there is so much of it here of the physical variety that it almost becomes boring after a while. Mostly because (refer back) there is zero story or character development to prop the violence up.

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