March 9, 2015

VOD Review: Muck (2015)
"The lucky ones are already dead."

I can guarantee you that at some point, at least one dissatisfied reviewer will work that tag-line into their review of Muck, to illustrate just how dreadful they feel the movie was. I won't do it, because for us, Muck wasn't a total lost cause, but someone will.

And they won't be wrong in doing so.

I'll give the producers of Muck this much: they've run one hell of an advertising campaign over the past year or so, hyping their movie up and making it look like a must see for anyone who loves sleazy slasher flicks.

It is sleazy, and it's probably more of a Backwoods Horror flick than it is a proper slasher, but the must see part... Well, I guess it's must see material if you like really hot chicks. Muck has plenty of those.

Muck begins with a girl traipsing through a swamp in her underwear, screaming for her friends. When she finds them, they all stand around talking about how they're lucky to be alive, having just escaped some mysterious incident in a swamp that left two of their friends dead, and another injured. After talking it out, they find a house, break in, and then proceed to chill while one of them decides to go for help.

While "Help Guy" is gone, the other four "survivors" tape naps and showers; search for liquor (because why not keep drinking); and explore the pitch-dark basement alone... all of which is perfectly normal behavior for a group of people that have just been attacked and traumatized. There's surely nothing lurking in or around the house that they should be concerned about, right?

While his friends are kickin' it at the house they broke into, Help Guy jogs to a local bar, cleans himself up, and then proceeds to chat up some chick while having a drink, because he's obviously really concerned about his situation. Instead of calling the Cops, like any non-retarded human being would do, Help Guy calls his cousin Trout (Troit?) to come "give them a ride," which Trout takes his sweet time getting around to, because he's got himself two slutty bimbos to try and bang beforehand.

There's really no point discussing the plot any further, because the plot is basically "A gaggle of gorgeous chicks run around in various stages of undress, and then die." Honestly, that's about it.

The absolute best part of this movie is that it features a ton of hot chicks that look sexy in their skimpy outfits, and the gore was plentiful and fun in spots. If those are things that please you, then Muck will surely please you, at least on some level.

The production is also actually pretty solid for a lower budget flick, as the movie's slick visuals rose far above its tepid story to at least keep us visually engaged. Also, the guy who played Billy was pretty funny, as was the guy who played Troit

The big problem with Muck is that it's full of cool ideas and pleasing visuals, but they never amount to much more than a bunch of super hot chicks running around in various stages of undress, in-between random gore scenes. It's almost like they thought up a bunch of ideas for scenes that involved gore & nudity, and then tried to build a story around it, but had not idea how to make it all work.

The way the movie was edited made it play choppy, as the story jumps back and forth in time in what we're guessing is an effort to come off as more artistic, but instead it just makes everything feel confused and jumbled. Linear is better, especially when you're talking about a low-budget flick like this one.

And then there's the story...
  • With two friends already (presumably) dead, and another injured and bleeding to death, the guy that goes for help jogs to a bar, washes his hands and cleans up, buys a girl a drink and chats her up for a bit, and THEN he borrows her phone to call for help?!?
  • He doesn't call the Cops for help, because that makes too much sense...
  • ...instead he calls his cousin to come and pick he and his friends up. That phone call takes 20 minutes to even begin, because his cousin chats up two sluts before even saying hello or asking what's up.
  • And when the guy finally does acknowledge his cousin on the phone, there's no "We need help, two of us are dead, and Billy is bleeding to death!" No, it's just "Hey man, I need a ride, ok? Thanks." You know, the way you'd call someone for help if your car broke down or something.
  • And naming a town Wes Craven, and then having one of your characters say things like "Wes Craven? That place used to be pretty cool, but now, meh" or "If this is going to be some boring Wes Craven shit..." is pretty pathetic. This movie has no business taking potshots at Wes Craven, or any of his films, whatsoever. At least make a movie that's better than Wes Craven's worst effort (which this isn't) before you take a swipe at the guy.
  • Then, 20 minutes after a guy sees his loving girlfriend brutally murdered, he and the other idiots that hes with stand around and talk and joke like nothing has happened.
  • The fractured beginning and the sudden ending are sure to make sense once the prequel and sequel are released, but should we have to see two other movies to be able to understand what's going on in this one? 

Poor story elements like ones above that made it very hard to enjoy the parts of this movie that were actually good; it's choppy, nonsensical, and we have no idea why what's happening is actually happening. Muck also tries to be funny, and at times it is, but for the most part, the "funny" bits fall flat and just make the whole thing feel off-kilter.

Did you know that Muck is the 2nd movie in a trilogy, the other two parts of which have yet to be made?

Maybe instead of worrying about making this movie a part of a trilogy, the creative forces behind Muck should have concentrated more on making this a solid movie that would beg for a sequel, because it was really good and deserved one. Running a Kickstarter campaign to fund sequels for a movie that hasn't even seen the light of day yet feels like a pretty fucking audacious move to us.

Because of this, Muck plays more like a Demo Reel for "what could be" if only they had enough money to make it happen.

Writer/Director Steve Wolsh should spend some of that Kickstarter money and bring in someone to write a bit of a tighter script, and concentrate on making the next two Muck movies coherent and focused. I know that's an easy thing for us to say from the sidelines, but it's also wholly true.

There's a decent amount of gore in this one.

This movie is nothing but naked and half-naked chicks running around all wet, sweaty, and bloody. Muck truly spared no expense in that department.

Sometimes, hot chicks are just not enough. Also... no, that's pretty much it.

If you like hot chicks, then Muck is definitely a movie for you to rent. If you like well-made movies with coherent stories that don't drag on for too long, then Muck is probably one that you should skip. We're not saying that it wasn't enjoyable on some level, just that if you are going to watch it, go into it knowing that it's the kind of movie that feels like the story was an afterthought. 


Muck is available now on VOD, and will hit Blu-ray and DVD on March 17th.

If nothing else, Muck is populated with a bevy of Playboy-quality Hotties, so be sure to check out our Girls of Muck post HERE, if you'd like to ogle them for a while.

1 comment :

  1. I had the 'pleasure' of seeing this. I agree with your review as it was a bit 'meh'. I did get a bit of a Feast vibe whilst watching it (I imagine you've seen that crazy series) and after a quick Wiki trip I read that Muck is actually number 2 in a trilogy with the first coming next. Could be interesting as the film didn't explain anything.