Don’t get mad, get even. Revenge is a dish best served cold. Hell, even Shakespeare said “If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?” On and on I could read quotes like these. More often than not though, people try to trick themselves into believing that they will “take the high road” and forgive and forget and blah blah blah blah. Ugh. Forgiving and forgetting is for people who aren’t smart enough to right the wrong that’s been done. This is one of the reasons I love revenge films. Almost immediately films like Friday the 13th, The Crow, and of course I Spit on Your Grave comes to mind. Well horror fans at home, you can add one more to your list, and it’s called Sorrow. The film is written and directed by Millie Loredo out of Houston, TX, and it’s a real doozy.
“Back up the truth train Bruce! You telling me Sorrow is as good as I Spit on Your Grave?!” Hell no, I’m not saying that. Those revenge films I rattled off have spent years growing a fan base and a cult following. Sorrow hasn’t even seen the public light of day yet. What I AM saying is that it is 100% along the same vein as the aforementioned fantastical films of frightful anti-forgiveness, and if given enough time, it may join the ranks of other notable revenge horrors.
Among a very talented cast are names like Vannessa Vasquez (Hulu Original East Los High) and Eric Martinez (most recently from Better Call Saul as Francisco). Mary Etuk also makes her feature film debut as Hersey, one half of the crazy couple. The director sets up a perfect story line, working backwards from the scene of a horrific crime. For the most part, the viewer follows two sadistic killers Dale and Hersey (Martinez and Etuk) as they kidnap and torture several random victims while on the lam. Careful, though! Hot on their trail is young, smokin’ hot detective Salinas (played by Melissa Mars).
What started out as an emotionally charged afternoon drive turns into faulty vehicle mechanics and Mila (Vasquez) is forced to seek help on foot. As we all know, that is NOT the way to get shit done in a horror film. This can’t be good. It’s not long after that Mila is captured by Dale and Hersey and subjected to all sorts of grotesque torture (the likes of which we very regrettably never really get to see). Through it all though, Mila maintains her strength and will to survive. Mayhem subsides and the two killers soon get complacent. This does not bode well for them, as complacency isn’t exactly the safest means to carry out brutal torturing and general misconduct. Mila successfully escapes their diabolical clutches and is eventually faced with the decision to seek retribution or accept forgiveness. What on earth shall she choose?!
As I see fit to comment on, I’m a fan of juicy blood and gore, and I just didn’t get hardly any of that here, so that was also a little disappointing for me (more nitpicking than anything else really). SuperGore USA is just a personal preference, not at all a catalyst for branding a movie as a success or failure. There was also a noticeable and obvious absence of some of what I felt were crucial scenes. Instances where I felt it visually beneficial here and there to show what was actually taking place were just flat out omitted entirely with a fade in/fade out effect. Not that my imagination lacks the ability to fill in the blanks, but dammit, sometimes baby bird just wants mama bird to throw up in his mouth, ya know?
Nevertheless, nearly all of my in-my-head-horror-checklist boxes of what I look for were checked (in some cases just barely), and that means that undoubtedly Sorrow was an overall great effort. Chiming in at a genre-perfect 90 minutes, Sorrow is a brave and enthusiastic debut effort by film seamstress Millie Loredo, whom I’m certain we shall see more of in the future. The vision she had for her story shone brightly the entire way through, and what the film may have lacked in pacing, visual stimulation, and a more thoroughly executed story was more than made up for with the raw potential she displayed.
I give Millie Loredo’s Sorrow a 5.5 out of 10 cleavers, but I know I’ll have my eyes on her work henceforth.
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