She (Emily Sweet) is a small fry reporter who smells her big chance
when she manages to capture a rare chance to interview The Voyeur
(Richard Tyson), a serialkiller in hiding who has just made it to the
FBI's top ten list of wanted men. Now the Voyeur sees himself as an
artist, who has just created his latest masterpiece, where he lured a
bunch of actors - to be brutally tortured and slaughtered by his in-house
slasher Havoc, an unstoppable killing machine wearing a grotesque mask.
Suffice to say he hasn't lured our heroine to have her interview him but
to add her to his gallery of victims.
He (Robert Bronzi) is a police
detective who has never really overcome falling out with his daughter
(Spring InÚs Pena) - but then the girl disappeared and now he has tracked
her down to Havoc's favourite slaughtering grounds deep deep in the woods.
Problem is, the area is guarded by the Voyeur's gunmen, and once inside,
the best guide he can find is our reporter - problem is, Havoc's already
after her, and while our cop is plenty tough, going up against Havoc is a
very different kind of battle ...
What's not to love about this
movie? Sure it's neither arthouse cinema nor Academy Awards material - but
it's pulpy genre fun, and welcomely unapologetic about it. So there are
plenty of shoot-outs and violence, gory killings and a groteque villain,
and while the film's narrative may not have too much fat on its bones, it
moves ahead at a very steady pace with rarely a dull moment. At the same
time, Cry Havoc is also a very well-crafted film that's heavy on
atmosphere with many a macabre detail, but also contains very competently
staged action setpieces with the blood flowing freely. And a certain retro
vibe (not only but also thanks to Charles Bronson-lookalike Robert Bronzi)
should really win over most genre fans to this very enjoyable ride!