The Drudgeon reviews Suburban Nightmare

Suburban Nightmare 85 min., 2004
Written by Jon Keeyes/Debbie Rochon
Directed by Jon Keeyes
Language: English
My rating: ★★★★

A serial killing couple with marital problems.

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The beginning of the movie has Charles (Trent Haaga) and Deborah (Brandy Little) Roesnblad in a flashback talking about how they first met and their first time (killing that is). We switch to modern times where Charles is cooking dinner and Deborah gets home. She has forgotten that they are having guests and Charles is upset because he really wants the dinner to go well. At dinner they are having a good time talking until Charles brings up a story about Deborah, which in turn makes her upset. They talk in the kitchen where he apologizes and suggests that she goes and checks on their daughter, Becky (Hayden Tweedie). After talking to Becky and tucking her back in she returns to the dinner table to find the two guests dead. She gets pissed because the woman was supposed to be hers. They argue and they decide to clean up and to talk afterward. While getting a saw, we meet their pet (Kimberly Grant) that is chained up, but their new pet is missing…where could she be? We find out that she is in the spaghetti, and Deborah gets even madder and their marriage starts to spiral out of control.

The acting is surprisingly good throughout the movie. There are times where it’s a bit amateurish, but it still works. The best, by far, is Trent Haaga with his character being the most believable and it doesn’t hurt that he’s really good at switching from psycho to loving husband with relative ease. Brady Little is okay, but she is really where the amateur feel starts to creep in, with most of her dialogue being accompanied with a lot of arm waving and strange facial grimaces. Not necessarily bad, but it does get kinda annoying after a while.

The effects are almost nonexistent, with almost everything happening off screen. You hear a stab and then you see the knife already inside. In a lot of movies this would really suck, but it works with this one, mainly because the violence and killing is more of the backdrop to the marital problems. You see just enough to get what’s going on, but you never get the “money shot,” but again it works.

If you ever meet a married couple (or just a couple that have been together for a long time) and they say that they never fight, then they are lying, or are not in a “real” (what I mean by real, is that no one is really stating how they feel, or someone is just giving into what the other wants) relationship. No matter how much love there is in a relationship, there will always be places for arguments (and yes arguments are fights). There is no perfect couple because everyone is different and has different ways of looking at things. Psychos are no different, and this movie really does a great job of showing that. You can easily laugh at the movie and take it as a spoof, but if you actually look a little deeper, you can see that they nailed most relationships on the head.

Most horror fans won’t really understand why I like this one, but the acting is pretty solid, the effects (what you can actually see) are good, and the story is actually (believe it or not) believable. All of that tossed together makes for a pretty good and entertaining movie. Check it out if you are in the mood for a different kind of horror movie, where the killing is only secondary.

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I don't remember my real name or where I came from. All I know is that I'm traped in an underground cave with nothing but a TV, DVD player and a notebook and pen. They keep calling me The Drudgeon, I don't even know what that means. Someone keeps dropping horror movies in and yelling at me to watch them and write about what I watch. Then I eat the DVD and case, because they tell me if I consume the horror I will understand the horror. I think there are three of them. So if you are reading this right now, HELP ME!!!!!!! OUCH!!!! Someone just poked me with a sea urchin attacked to a pool cue, what the fuck is going on?
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One Response to The Drudgeon reviews Suburban Nightmare

  1. John Bruni says:

    Wow. After seeing some of Haaga’s Troma stuff, I find it hard to believe he’s gotten himself under control enough to act well.

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