SCAVENGER KILLERS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 102 minutes
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Judge Limone (Robert Bogue) and defense attorney Lovering (Rachael Robbins) aren’t just having a steamy affair behind closed doors, they’re also ruthlessly murdering people for sport and “justice.” Ego-mad and sex-crazed, Judge Limone looks down on pretty much everyone, and sees all life as expendable given the right circumstances. Lovering is just as messed up, though her psychotic tendencies may be more of a case of Nurture than Limone’s brutal Nature.

On the trail of the murderers, though not necessarily aware that they’re on the trail, are FBI agents under the command of Agent Guthro (Eric Roberts). While Agent Dewayne (Dustin Diamond) uses his psychic abilities (which involve visions precipitated by molesting his assistant’s breasts and mouth) to offer tips on the case, field agents Templeton (Kim Allen) and Truman (Ken Del Vecchio) run down the clues. Well, sort of; Agent Truman, besides being a condescending and abusive mute, is also in a wheelchair.

Dylan Bank’s Scavenger Killers is an insane film in every regard. It’s over the top with gore, sex and violence, with barely any elements of true calm (save the few court room diversions). The bad guys are psychotic and ruthless, the good guys are unhinged and ridiculous.

So, you know, don’t go looking for too much of a point. Even as the film hints at a method to the psychos’ madness, particularly in the form of fucked-up exposure therapy for Lovering, it’s still just madness and mayhem for the sake of madness and mayhem. There’s nothing subtle about this film; you either dig it for its brutality and offensive comedy, or you don’t.

Personally, I found the violence so over the top and ridiculous that it was hard to get terribly offended, or disturbed, by what I was seeing. The whole thing feels like a grotesque cartoon, and thus nothing actually makes much of an impact beyond, “are they really going to do th… yes, they did.” It does peak early with its depravity, and starts to feel repetitious as you desensitize. I wouldn’t have minded some semblance of a story that really mattered, but when the film attempts to move in those directions, it generally just complicates itself to the point of disinterest anyway.

Thus, while there are elements of story that attempt to hold the entire piece together, it’s hard not to see the film as just an excuse to get down, dirty and depraved in as many ways as the filmmakers can come up with. The film is extremely gory, full of sex and sexual innuendo and overall just generally offensive. If that’s your cup of tea, and you want to watch some familiar faces, like Robert Loggia, suffer a gruesome fate, then this one is for you.

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Posted on July 1, 2014 in Reviews by
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