THE CROOKED MAN REVIEWED
“The Crooked Man” is to Candyman as Candyman was to Bloody Mary. Taking the urban route to explore childhood legends isn’t new for horror. What is new is the effort to blend real horror into a film that feels like it was meant for DTV. While the film is predictable, there are several moments that feel like throwbacks to the horror of my youth. Often, I would expect to see Tony Todd or Robert Englund show up in a bit role. Then, it returns to the paper-thin plot.
The cast is amazing for material that never develops. Honestly, I credit Michael Jai White and Angelique Rivera’s performances for keeping me tuned into the movie. While not the best material for older viewers, I could see this being a hit at a slumber party. Pick it up, if you want to be the cool parent or older sibling or whatever.
- 1.78:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital 5.1
RELEASE DATE: 2/14/17
- Video - 88%88%
- Audio - 86%86%
- Supplemental Material - %0%
- Film Score - 80%80%
The Plot Thus Far
While at a slumber party, twelve-year-old Olivia is blamed for the horrific and mysterious death of her friend, after singing a song (created by a reclusive mastermind, Milo White) that summons a demonic figure known as ‘The Crooked Man’. Returning to her hometown six years later, a string of unusual deaths lead Olivia (Angelique Rivera) to believe that she’s still being haunted by whatever she saw that fateful night. Once you sing the rhyme, everyone in the house is cursed to die by his hands.