‘What are you thankful for?’
Derelicts is a 2017 American home invasion horror feature film about a strained suburban family’s Thanksgiving being disrupted by a gang of vicious vagrants.
Directed by Brett Glassberg (ABCs of Death 2.5 segment ‘M is for Mind Meld’) from a screenplay co-written with Andre Evrenos and Clay Shirley, the Batchain Productions movie stars Dalton Allen, Emily Ammon, Les Best, Kelly Dealyn, Lana Dieterich and Andre Evrenos.
“Derelicts is not for the casual viewer, and even for those that enjoy a good home invasion flick, this one is a stretch. It’s decently entertaining and has a definitive mean streak running the length of the film. Clocking in at a lean 70 minutes, the film still felt a little long for this writer, and I had hoped for a little more substance in a sub-genre that seldom provides much to begin with.” Fear Forever
“It’s dark, extremely sleazy, bloody, and it will make most folks cringe in certain moments. It’s relatively well made and it’s clearly exactly what the filmmaker set out to make. TCM meets Mother’s Day meets John Waters… or something like that. Lots in common with the early Rob Zombie films.” Justin Harlan
“This sleazy home invasion has all the latter-day Hooper and Waters you could want, but its strive for a social commentary fall both heavy-handed and on deaf ears. But there are definite sparks of greatness in here, that make the director one to firmly watch.” Mitch Harrod
“So there’s a spark of an interesting idea here when one character talks about how the invading gang never wanted to act like this. But it’s one line in a film that so desperately wants to be the next Devils Rejects. If more time was spent on this simple plot thread or more was made of the “which family is worse” angle that similar films take, the Derelicts could have been a lot… more. As it stands now this just feels like a clone of movies that have come before.” Nerdly
“it’s an effectively nasty film. It holds off on much of the action and gore until the last act but we get plenty of psychological torment and nastiness along the way. It’s actually something of a relief when the shit finally hits the fan. Much of the violence is on screen, depicted without CGI. Unfortunately, the budget kept a couple of fairly nasty deaths from being shown. And while some of the indignities Derelicts inflicts upon its cast may be predictable the ending wasn’t.” Voices from the Balcony
“Derelicts isn’t a success because of its fun and gory kills alone. It doesn’t rely on a mask. Characters are built well and a simple horror story is told. It doesn’t need background or emphatic character arches because it does what you see impressively well and leaves the rest to the audiences prolific imagination.” Without Your Head
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Derelicts will be released on the Kings of Horror YouTube channel on Friday, November 13th 2020. The premiere event will include “a live chat with the filmmakers and some of the cast.” The movie will remain on Kings of Horror for a six-week exclusive window before reaching multiple digital platforms on December 25th.
Cast and characters:
Dalton Allen … Leslie
Emily Ammon … Barbara
Les Best … Cap
Kelly Dealyn … Constance
Lana Dieterich … Bev
Andre Evrenos … Turk
David Lee Hess … Gregg
Kara Mellyn … Bo
Marcela Pineda … Morgan
Sam Pleasant … Black Forrest
Clay Shirley … Sal
Pat Turner … Paul