Movie Review: Muck – Directed by Steve Wolsh
Muck Overview: After narrowly escaping an ancient burial ground, long forgotten and buried underneath the marshes of Cape Cod, a group of friends emerge from the thick, marshy darkness, tattered and bloody, lucky to be alive. They stumble upon an empty vacation house and break in to take shelter. Something worse was lying in wait in the house. What happens next is unspeakable, horror that cannot be unseen. These unlucky travelers spend their St. Patrick’s Day trapped between two evils forcing them to fight, die, or go back the way they came.
Director: Steve Wolsh (Gavin’s Interview with Steve Wolsh)
Writer: Steve Wolsh
Starring: Lachlan Buchanan, Puja Mohindra, Bryce Draper, Stephanie Danielson, Kane Hodder
Gavin’s rating: 2.5 stars (out of 5)
Gavin’s Review: Muck
One thing needs to be addressed up front, because it is the one thing most viewers will notice…
Muck (affiliate link) seems obsessed with showing women topless. Throughout the opening credits, there are several shots of topless women. And not just topless, but with the scene framed to only show their chest, making it very obvious what the intent was. And the shower… While there is nothing wrong with showing people undressed (especially in horror films), it seems a shame to have such (presumably) talented people reduced to mere bodies. (The amount of nudity is so excessive that a whole review could be written just examining the gratuitous nature of it.)
One character (Billy, played by Grant Alan Ouzts) makes some meta-comments about who will die and who will get naked and why. While he never says anything a real person would not say, it is interesting how close he comes. He even mentions “it’s in your contract”, which really straddles the border of breaking the fourth wall.
Adding Kane Hodder (shirtless) to the mix was a nice touch, and the Creepers are a good villain/monster, even if their role ends up not being as big as we might like. The constant reference to some place called “West Craven” was more than a little strange. Although the reference is appreciated, it was anything but subtle.
Not a great film, not a terrible film. If some of the nudity was edited out, it might be a bit better. That would severely trim the running time (which is already padded by a very long closing credits), but may be for the best.