Directed by Basil Owies
Written by Max Enscoe
Welcome Horror fans! After a couple "meh" selections Feind fell in with some serial killers! My sisters keep telling me "Cut your hair hippie!" But I'm even more reluctant to visit...
The Barber (2015)
Directed by Basil Owies
Written by Max Enscoe
The other night I was perusing Netflix once again trying to find anything that would catch my attention. First I watched Turbo Kid, you won't see a review of that one from me here because I hated it, seriously I fucking hated it. So needing to wash the stank of '80s synth music off me I looked for something just evil. Who better to bring that my way than Scott Glenn in a movie about a serial killer? I figured this had to be good but was it? The Barber doesn't sound scary but then back in the 90s I sat through the awful Dr. Giggles about a demented dentist which is a terrible flick but it does have some redeeming kills and plenty of 80s style schtick (better than Turbo Kid's 80s schtick). So did Scott Glenn save my movie viewing night?
So should I spoil it early? Nah, if you care that much skip to the end. The question of The Barber is how far would you go to avenge your father? Would you turn yourself into a serial killer if it was the only way to get back at the man who put your father in an early grave? The Barber is the story of John McCormack (Chris Coy) who goes deep undercover and way off the reservation trying to bring to justice Francis Allen Visser (Scott Glenn) for being the serial killer he is. But is Visser actually guilty? Visser has changed his name to Eugene Van Wingerdt who now owns a small barber shop and is a well respected member of the community known for his kindness giving Luis (Max Arciniega), an apparent delinquent, a second chance. McCormack is convinced that his cop father was right about Visser being a serial killer though had to release him for lack of evidence. How far will McCormack go to prove his father was right? Will he resort to becoming a serial killer himself just to find out?
The twists and turns are many in The Barber so I won't completely spoil it for you though some of the twists are a little contrived if you're a fan of these types of flicks. I don't mean that as a bad thing, I'm just warning you that you'll see a lot of the twists coming if you've seen as many films of this nature as I have. The nice thing is that they aren't poorly executed twists and turns just somewhat expected so I was never really surprised other than by the ending itself but probably not for the reason you're thinking. It isn't that the ending is some over the top "shocker" ala M. Night Shamalamadingdong, it's that it's a well conceived idea that isn't some cheap twist for the sake of a twist. It's the type of ending that should have you thinking, if that was me what would I do? For me personally that made the ending the best part of an already good film. The acting is superb, the direction is excellent and the screenplay is very well written. Scott Glenn is fantastic as usual playing the humble Visser/Wingerdt to absolute perfection.
In the end The Barber is a very good film with plenty to keep your mind occupied for its full 90-ish minutes. Will it blow your doors off as the best thing ever? Probably not, but since I went in expecting nothing I got all I needed and more. The Barber is a solid film in every aspect both behind the camera and in front of it. I can't say enough good things about Scott Glenn's performance since if his character wasn't played as well as he did it most of the plot twists wouldn't work at all. Chris Coy is once again excellent as well as he continues to impress in everything he's in. The Barber is a flick you should definitely check out and I highly recommend for other fans of more gritty, realistic psychological thrillers and horror. I wasn't disappointed in the slightest and I don't think you will be either.
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