Thursday, August 9, 2012

Random Movie Review: Otis

Otis (2008)
Starring: Bostin Christopher, Ashley Johnson, Daniel Stern

Otis is a disturbed man who lives acts out fantasies taken from actual events in his brother's life. To do this, though, he kidnaps and locks up girls in a special room under his garage and forces them to live out a prom night fantasy. However, Otis keeps screwing it up and not getting to the prom. When he kidnaps Riley Lawson and contacts her family, they decide to conduct their own justice. Much confusion is met, however, when it turns out that Otis' brother is the one who enters the house.

Watching this movie was a bit confusing; it felt like it was trying to be too many things at once. It looked like it might be trying to be the 'pretty girl slasher', but by casting Ashley Johnson (who probably has a no-nudity clause) as Riley, they removed the chance of having it be a film like Turistas. Then it felt like by casting Daniel Stern and Ilieana Douglas, they might be going for the silly horror (a la Shaun of the Dead), but then it wasn't well-written enough to pull that off. Lastly, they had just a shred of trying to be a thriller or horror film, which luckily they weren't trying too hard for, because it just was not going to work. Some of the actors were trying to be a bit silly (Stern and Douglas, Kevin Pollak was trying to be his serious self and Bostin Christopher was just not a good actor (as shown by his imdb list).

The heart of this movie was in the right place, I just think that the genre was too spread out and the direction wasn't all in the same place. I'll give it a 5/10.

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