Villains – USA, 2019 – reviews

‘Two bad people are about to meet two worse people.’

Villains is a 2019 American comedy thriller feature film about a pair of amateur criminals that break into a suburban home and stumble upon a dark secret that two sadistic homeowners will do anything to keep from getting out.

Written and directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen the movie stars Bill Skarsgård (IT), Maika Monroe (Tau; It Follows), Jeffrey Donovan and Kyra Sedgwick.

Plot:

Mickey and Jules, lovers on the run, headed southbound for a fresh start in the Sunshine State. When their car dies after a gas station robbery, they break into a nearby house looking for a new set of wheels.

What they find instead is a dark secret and a sweet-as-pie pair of homeowners who will do anything to keep it from getting out…

Release:

Villians, co-produced by BRON Studios, Star Thrower Entertainment, Creative Wealth Media Finance, and The Realm Films, will be released nationwide in the USA on September 20, 2019, from ALTER, Gunpowder & Sky’s genre imprint.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

” …beyond the fact that it is hilarious and sometimes disturbing, what makes this story truly stand out is that it isn’t afraid to revel in this idea of fragmented humanity, and how much love can save us—whether you’re two 20-somethings in the prime of your life, or you’re an older couple who have been dealt a raw hand by fate.” Daily Dead

“The strong script and deliciously deranged performances, coupled with its intriguing premise, ultimately redeem the film from a disappointing ending […] Consistently subverting our expectations, Villains is a solid dark comedy that could have used a bit more depth, but it’s a wildly entertaining, nasty little film nonetheless.” Film Pulse

Villains is a thriller that doubles as a quirky and very dark comedy. This is pure adrenalin and wonderfully kitsch entertainment. The cast is brilliant and reason enough to seek out this little gem.” Heaven of Horror

“Jules and Mickey are flawed people on the wrong side of the law, but thanks to strong performances and taut scripting, you’ll find yourself rooting for them. Villains skillfully dances between laughs and thrills, punctuated with moments of blood-soaked violence.” Modern Horrors

Villains never feels like it has any real stakes. The threat level isn’t high enough and so the tension never really builds. Everyone in the cast works, especially the always-charming Monroe, but they’re working in something that keeps missing the few punches it tries to throw.” RogerEbert.com

“Some turns are predictable, others not so much. There are plenty of quirky lines and gallows humor to keep the audience laughing and the story moving. Again, the performances are the backbone of this movie. In lesser hands, it would fall short.” Screen Fervor

” The comical undertones weave in perfectly with the suspense-driven sequences and the result was a crazy ride with some well-crafted twists and turns. In addition to some unpredictability in a script that shows thought, ambition, and a focus on the game of cat-and-mouse. Not simply jump-scares and violent visuals to build frightening scenes.” The Silverscreen Analysis

“From a literal throwaway gag near the film’s start that had me wanting to shout at the screen to a wonderfully surreal dinner scene Villains slides smoothly between genres and styles. With one exception […] the change up at the film’s end and the end itself didn’t work for me. It felt out of place compared to the rest of the film. Overall though Villains is an excellent film…” Voices from the Balcony

Cast and characters:

  • Bill Skarsgård … Mickey
  • Maika Monroe … Jules
  • Jeffrey Donovan … George
  • Kyra Sedgwick … Gloria
  • Blake Baumgartner … Sweetiepie
  • Noah Robbins … Nick
  • Danny Johnson … Officer Wells
  • Nikolas Kontomanolis … Sam

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