Two-time Oscar nominee and general curmudgeon Bruce Dern has such an illustrious career spanning decades. From TV westerns of the 60s, to the films directly inspired by them in the aughts, Bruce Dern has done it all. He’s even dabbled in horror with a few episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour in the 60s, to the weird 70s Casey Kasem vehicle The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant. One of his latest roles comes as pleasant shock, with the role of Mallincrkrodt in Teddy Grennan’s multiple award winning film Ravage.
When a nature photographer explains to the Police how she fought her way out of the Watchatoomy Valley, they dismiss her crazed and violent story as a meth-induced nightmare. But when they discover that she’s telling the truth, it’s too late.(IMDb)
Honestly, words really escaped me upon first viewing of this trailer. Ravage seems to be quite subversive of the Revenge subgenre. It’s as if their goal is uniquely justifying the violence and inherently making the antagonists crueler. It’s violent, it’s raw, it’s pure revenge.
“Torture is the barometer of a nation’s creativity.”Bruce Dern as Mallincrkrodt
What really stuck out to me in this trailer is the sound. The diagetic sounds were incredibly crisp and visceral, with accompaniment by an overall haunting melody. All together they’ve created a really compelling promotional piece, which could easily be used as a learning tool for trailer editors.
The cast is quite impressive too, beyond Bruce Dern. There is the wildly talented Annabelle Dexter-Jones (Holy Motors, Under the Silver Lake, and Ava’s Possessions), Robert Longstreet (Doctor Sleep, The Oregonian, and The Haunting of Hill House), and Eric Nelsen (A Walk Among the Tombstones, and Nightmare Cinema).
Ravage will be gutting it’s way into select theatres and VOD August 21st. Are you ready to take revenge?
I write horror sometimes.