While I’ve done some research prior to my viewing, I basically went in to James Cullen Bressack’s latest flick Hate Crime, none the wiser and I think that’s the way it should be seen so I will try my best to keep my review of Hate Crime spoiler free. Now, judging by the title of the flick I think its pretty safe to assume that you have an idea of what the flick is about, but just be warned that this is definitely not for everyone.
So, Hate Crime starts out with a family who have just moved in to a new house, and with this they begin to celebrate their youngest son’s birthday and everything seems just peachy. With the birthday festivities well underway, Dad (Greg Depetro) begins to document the night with his video camera and thus we are thrust in to a cinema verite-style film.
Unfortunately, happiness is about to be broken and their lives changed forever, as within a matter of minutes the house is stormed by a trio of neo-Nazis and the horror truly begins as we see our family tortured and brutalized by these intruders who take sickening pleasure in their ‘work’.
As I mentioned above, Hate Crime is definitely not for everyone and it is aimed at this core audience who are looking for more realistic horror, away from your Freddy’s and Jason’s, these are people who hate, and they will do what ever it takes to preach their message, whether or not any casualties become of this.
The film is brutally realistic, and while there isn’t much gore to be had, its simply the imagery and the fear that these neo-Nazis put into our minds, at times it can be tough to watch during certain scenes as we watch our helpless family become just another statistic, as these monsters play their vengeful games.
Throughout the film you are left wondering as to what these men want? What will they do to this family? What is their objective? The suspense builds rather well and the intruders do an excellent job of being hateful, this is gritty stuff and is likely to make you stand up and take notice.
As much as the film builds suspense, at times it feels a little dragged out, and I can’t help but wonder if the film would have been more effective as a short, but still, it made its point clear and is sure to disgust many.
If you’re after a home invasion flick and don’t mind the whole found footage angle, then Hate Crime is definitely something you should check out. All in all, I thought Bressack did a top notch job, and proves that he is someone that you should keep your eye closely on, this guy is going places.