Horror films, predominately the slasher film, use corruption, bullying and revenge as the driving force, and Almost Mercy is jam packed with all of the above and much more.
Almost Mercy was written and directed by Tom DeNucci (Army of the Damned) (Bernard Dolan co-wrote the film). The film stars Kane Hodder (Hatchet), Bill Moseley (The Devil's Rejects), Danielle Guldin (The Opposite Sex) and Jesse Dufault (The Sins of Dracula); with special appearances by Nick Principe (Madison County) and Tommy Dreamer (Army of the Damned).
Jackson and Emily aren't like the other kids. Two burgeoning sociopaths on the brink of total meltdown. Ticking time bombs seeking revenge. Who will unravel first?
What makes Almost Mercy so great is not just the list of incredible names attached to the film, but it truly is the ultimate story of revenge. Were Jackson and Emily really born sociopaths or was it the corruptions of the town in which they lived or society in general that pushed them there? I have always said, if you want to stop bullying, show any slasher/horror film ever made in school. This film is the ultimate anti-bullying campaign.
The best way to describe Almost Mercy is a darker version of The Boondock Saints, only the bad people die. It is poetic justice and revenge at its finest. It's almost like DeNucci and Dolan climbed into the head of every disturbed teen in the world and brought their darkest thoughts to life.
Kane Hodder and Bill Moseley are no strangers to playing dark, disturbing roles. Kane was hilariously perverted as the quintessential jerk gym teacher/football coach that we have all experienced throughout or high school careers. He was the character you love to hate and pray through the whole film that he meets a gruesome end. Seeing the more comedic side of Hodder was refreshing, don't get me wrong, I love rip your face of Kane, but it's nice to see a film show that he is not just a one dimensional actor. The best part, SPOLIER ALERT!
Kane Dances for a couple of seconds! The ultimate "yeah I have sex with my students" creepy dance.
Bill Moseley oh how to describe your character. Moseley was probably one of the most despicable characters in the film. He played a priest, now I don't want to give too much away, but I'm sure you can all figure out what kind of person he played. If you are sensitive to corrupt religious topics, you may want to skip this film or Moseley's scenes. There isn't another actor I can think of that could have played the role of Pastor Johnson.
Danielle Guldin is beautiful, funny and spunky. I hope to see more of her in the future. Her character, Emily, is sweet but not afraid to be dark.
The film is bloody, amusing and unique; full of unforeseeable plot twists. I enjoy a film that can pull off so many plot twists without leaving plot wholes. Almost Mercy is a fantastic film that every horror fan can appreciate.