'Muck' [Blu ray]
(Kane Hodder, Lachlan Buchanan, Bryce Draper, Jaclyn Swedberg, Lauren Francesca, et al / Blu ray / NR / 2015 / Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Overview: This throwback horror film just raised the hacked-up bar: Horror legend Kane Hodder and Playboy Playmate of the Year 2012, Jaclyn Swedberg star in this scary, sexy, indie shocker that joins a group of friends just as they emerge from the thick, murky darkness of the marshes tattered, bloody, and lucky to be alive.
Blu ray Verdict: The basic, and I mean basic premise of 'Muck' (where The lucky ones are already dead) is that after narrowly escaping an ancient burial ground, a group of friends find themselves trapped between two evils, forcing them to fight, die, or go back the way they came.
Now, here's the thing. If, like me you settle in for a movie, of any genre, by getting comfy, ready to allow the movie to open and 'suck you in," well, prepare for this to not be one of those! I actually thought I'd missed the real start of the film, because 'Muck' jumps right in with a group of half naked, injured, screaming and crying young people staggering through a marsh in the dark outside the town of, get this, "West Craven"! On their collective way to an empty holiday home seeking refuge, it's only when you're a few minutes in do the actual title credits appear to allow you to know you've actually not missed a thing!
Aside from that nice, unexpected twist of an opening, 'Muck's cinematic styling isn't that bad for a B-movie. To be fair, it isn't exactly Hollywood fodder either, but that's not why you want to watch it either; am I right, or am I right! The lack of script substance really kills the entire effort though, but the actors do their combined best to drag the story along to its final, gory conclusion.
Written, produced and directed by newcomer Steve Wolsh, a sequel has even been green lit for 2016! Entitled 'Muck: Feast of Saint Patrick,' all that will make more sense once you've seen this one all the way though. Which is movie fun in its own right, as the known level of background chaos that appears to have followed 'Muck' is enough to have created its own documentary! A prequel that was never made, plans to release the first part in the trilogy after the second, and maybe even after the third, combined with different titles given for the different films have all led this film to where we stand today: Finally released and ready for consumption! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, but surprisingly comes with no Special Features!