Cry for the Bad Man (2020)

Camille Keaton, the iconic scream queen of 1978’s I Spit on Your Grave fame (as well as Massimo Dallamano’s What Have You Done to Solange?; we’ve also reviewed her work in 1973’s Sex of the Witch, 1982’s Raw Force, and 2016’s The 6th Friend) is perfectly cast in this welcomed, ’70s retro-revenge flick as Marsha Kane, a lonely, grieving widow who strikes back at a trio of criminals who’ve invaded her rural home.

More thriller than horror film (pinching its title from the classic Lynyrd Skynyrd song of the same name from 1976’s Give Me Back My Bullets), the film’s Tarantinoesque antagonist-protagonist standoff is triggered when Kane rejects an offer from Bill MacMohan, a local tycoon-town hero who wants her stately country home. So his privileged sons (read: law-scoffing rednecks) Billy, Wayne and Derek begin a terror campaign to force her out. And since big bad Bill is cut from the Brad Wesley Roadhouse cloth, he owns the town and there’s no one to help her.

Do you feel lucky, punks?

Well, then . . . you’re idiots. Marsha Kane is ready for you—with extreme graphic violence. Never underestimate a female . . . or a senior citizen: for the bully is the true, scared weakling.

As you can see from the trailer, this is well-shot and tightly edited with the suspense moving along at appreciated, brisk 70-minute runtime—so this will easily drop into a two-hour programming block on the SyFy Channel, that is, after completing its streaming and PPV run. Screenwriter-director Sam Farmer knows we’ve been down this “rural revenge” road before, so he doesn’t bog the story in pesky plot set ups, and all of the characters are fully fleshed out with skilled actors backed by solid writing—so no boring character development is required.

Good things are in store for Sam Farmer, who made his debut with the 2013 horror-mystery Girl of My Dreams. (He’s been awarded the City of Jacksonville’s Film and Television Office “Rising Star” award and the Nevada Film Festival “Silver Screen Award” for past works.) And it’s nice to see Camille Keaton having a shot at a leading role. She’s still got it in spades, mainstream Hollywood. Give her a call.

Cry for the Bad Man is fresh off a successful festival run with double nominations for “Best Director” and “Best Feature” at Jacksonville’s Rendezvous Film Festival. It makes its U.S streaming and PPV debut on May 5 on all the usual platforms. You can learn more about the film on Facebook.

Update: November 2020: You can now watch Cry for the Bad Man as a free-with-ads stream on Tubi TV.

Disclaimer: This movie was sent to us by its PR department. As always: you know that has nothing to do with our feelings on the movie.

About the Author: You can read the music and film reviews of R.D Francis on Medium and learn more about his work on Facebook. He also writes for B&S About Movies.

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