Head Case (2007) – By Brian Morton

 Over the past year or so, I’ve seen almost every movie put out by Anthony Spadaccini at Fleet Street Studios, and I have to say, Anthony has his own unusual style and it’s been fun seeing his skills increase and improve with each movie. Well, Fleet Street and Anthony have done it again, taking Anthony’s particular verite style and combining it with a recognizable genre to create something new, different and very cool! It’s called Head Case and it’s a new take on an old tale.

The story here is about the Montgomery’s, a seemingly normal couple, with the exception that the husband (Wayne) is a retired serial killer who has decided that, now that the kids are getting older, it’s time to take up his ‘hobby’ again. Only, now his wife (Andrea) has decided to help him out. The movie is made up of ‘home movies’ made by the Montgomery’s as trophies of their killings. We watch as the couple decide how best to drug their victims, what tools are best to torture them with and, ultimately, we see their lives fall apart as the police get closer to catching them. Spadaccini’s style compliments the movie very well, as a pseudo-documentary, Head Case works very well. The acting is pretty good, a little stiff at times, but that’s really from the younger cast members, so I’ll have to forgive that.

The only real problem I had with the movie was that it ran a little long and there wasn’t as much of the ‘killings’ as I would have imagined from a horror movie. Don’t get me wrong, what’s there is grisly and great for gore fans, particularly a scene where Wayne is trying to saw through something that appears to be very hard and then he comments "who would have thought that a spine was so tough.", it really sent chills down my spine and then every stroke of the saw thereafter was like fingernails on a chalkboard, it was an extremely effective scene! I’ve giving Head Case three and a half out of four cigars, and it only lost the half cigar because it was a bit long. It’s still well worth your time, if you’re near a festival that playing Head Case, you’d be well served to check it out for yourself. To find out more about this cool new movie, head over to the Head Case MySpace page to find out more. So, until next time, when I’ll be showing my own home movies, which don’t have any murders on them, only me getting hit in the groin occasionally, remember that the best movies are bad movies.