CRY HAVOC Boasts Old School Exploits and a Massive Corpse Count!
Samera Entertainment gives you an inside look into this
visceral slasher flick from writer/director Rene Perez
Written by Nick R. Murphy of Cinema Trends
Turn back now if you don’t have a strong stomach because CRY HAVOC is on its way. And like the masked madman at the center of the carnage, this flick takes no prisoners. The spirit of grindhouse cinema is alive and well in 2020, and nothing cements this fact more than the existence of CRY HAVOC. A brutal, heart pounding slasher saga of revenge and bloodlust from writer/director Rene Perez that includes a psychological element within the confines of its terror to give it an extra punch in the gut.
The story setup to CRY HAVOC is simple, but effective. Opportunistic reporter Ellen Weaver (Emily Sweet) nets an exclusive one on one interview with a reclusive billionaire known as The Voyeur (Richard Tyson). The Voyeur is your classic psychotic mental case with too much time on his hands, and plenty of cash to fund his sadistic little games. Now a member of the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list, The Voyeur’s infamous reputation precedes him when the ambitious Ellen Weaver is blindfolded and whisked away to an undisclosed location in the middle of nowhere to conduct her interview. Throughout the course of their verbal battle of wits, The Voyeur rationalizes his actions in a way that would make Jigsaw swoon with deluded diatribes about no longer fearing death because he can, in his words, “Control death.”
This control The Voyeur speaks of is in reference to Havoc, a homicidal maniac that’s been sprung from prison on The Voyeur’s dime and left free to roam on The Voyeur’s vast, multi-acre compound. Havoc’s victims of choice are beautiful young women that are thirsty for fame and pursue it by taking part in a Survivor-style reality show. Little do they know that their dreams of stardom are about to reach their end. The whole reality show is but a mere smokescreen created by The Voyeur so Havoc can enact his murderous fantasies. The Voyeur watches gleefully as the mayhem unfolds via closed-circuit television in excruciatingly gory detail. This is The Voyeur’s joy, this is how he gets off. And Ellen Weaver is the next target on his ever-growing list of casualties.
Ellen’s only hope is a renegade detective played by Robert 'Bronzi' Kovacs, who’s been breaking all the rules to find Havoc's missing prey. His obsessive pursuit to get to the bottom of the disappearances leads him all the way to The Voyeur’s compound where he violently squares off with The Voyeur’s henchmen, shooting them down one by one until inevitably, facing the barbed wire wrapped Havoc himself in a showdown of epic proportions.
CRY HAVOC is the fourth installment of Rene Perez’s “Havoc” series, following on the heels of: Playing With Dolls (2015), Playing With Dolls: Bloodlust (2016), and Playing With Dolls: Havoc (2017). But even if you haven’t seen the original Playing With Dolls trilogy, CRY HAVOC has no issues bringing the uninitiated up to speed. CRY HAVOC is more of a reinvention of this brutal slasher franchise, merging two sides of Perez’s creative identity: His passion for extreme horror, and his love for grindhouse revenge cinema.
Rene Perez is no slouch when it comes to the filmmaker game. He’s amassed an extensive filmography, helming no less than twenty-six movies over the last fifteen years. He is a one-man crew wearing as many hats as he can to make as many movies as he can as fast as he can. One can’t help but admire Perez’s obsessive dedication to his work. During the last decade, he has perfected his style and has built relationships with actors and producers that have spanned numerous projects.
One of these frequent collaborators is Hungarian actor Robert 'Bronzi' Kovacs. And if you see him in action, you’ll notice that he bears a striking resemblance to Charles Bronson. It’s positively uncanny how much Bronzi looks like the late vigilante film icon. It’s as if he was plucked straight from the set of Mr. Majestyk and implanted into this raw, blood-soaked thriller. Both Kovacs and Perez have capitalized on this Bronsonian happenstance multiple times before. CRY HAVOC is their fourth collaboration together after 2017’s From Hell to the Wild West, 2018’s Death Kiss, and 2019’s Once Upon a Time in Deadwood.
With CRY HAVOC, two worlds collide with bone crushing, brain splitting results. It’s both a sum total of Perez’s body of work up until now, and a remarkable promise of more chaotic insanity to come in the future. Obviously this ultraviolent horror experience is not for the prudish, or faint of heart, but for those brave enough to take the leap, CRY HAVOC is a pulverizing rush of brutality. It's just been acquisitioned by a distributor with the help of Sharry Flaherty from Samera Entertainment. So keep an eye out for CRY HAVOC because it's coming soon to a screen near you.