KRUEL (2015) Reviews and overview

 

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‘Beware of those you trust’

screen-shot-2016-10-02-at-21-29-32Kruel – aka Cruel – is a 2015 American horror feature film written, produced and directed by Robert Henderson.

The movie stars Kierney Nelson (Octagon), Dakota Morrissey, Adam Vernier (Black Cadillac; Route 666) and J. T. Chinn.

Plot:

Jo O’Hare is a typical teenager dealing with typical teenage problems – fighting with her parents and dealing with an unfaithful boyfriend. But Jo soon finds herself with a much bigger problem, when she is accused of recklessly causing the death of a young boy in her care.

The unbearable guilt turns into determination when she sets out to prove that the outrageous neighbourhood ice-cream man is really a psychotic monster who is responsible for the disappearance of the boy. With the help of her ex-boyfriend, Jo begins a journey to find the truth, a journey which will lead her to the darkest side of evil and put everyone’s life around her in jeopardy…

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Reviews:

“There isn’t much in the way of gore to take in, and the action, in general, is a tad slow, but if you’re looking for some simple yet effective entertainment, Kruel isn’t a complete dud. It should hold your attention, it should reaffirm your fear of creepy clown-dressed ice-cream men and it should also remind you to not only keep a sharp eye on your child but to avoid hiring reckless youth to look after them as well.” Horrorfreak News

“Hell, the film pretty much lacked any real bloodshed which made it feel almost like a thriller instead of a horror flick. A few good kills would have made this one a hit. Overall, Kruel is a well-made horror flick that has some great atmosphere and an amazing cast.  Sadly, it lacks the blood and gore most of us would love to see in our flicks.” Horror Society

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” … we can imagine an endless array of potential creepy-clowny type stuff, and then the guy is barely ever on the screen. We have the typical group of young girls, friends of the protagonist and fans of hanging out in their underwear, just like you’d expect from any slasher movie worth its weight in gore, and yet none of them even get attacked, much less killed. And every single instance of a character getting killed (save for one) is quickly turned around and saved…” HNN

“Once Ben and Jo’s relationship issues are resolved, the film turns into a boring yawn of capture, and getaway, with no real feeling of dread. I honestly never once felt Jo was in any danger at the hands of the bad guy. I never felt scared; I did, however, feel I wanted this movie to end at the beginning of the third act.” Lifeless Corpse

Filming locations:

Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida

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