by Patrick Bromley
Ricky Bates Jr. is one of the most unique and interesting voices making horror movies these days, probably because he's not really making horror movies. Excision, sure, was horror, but Suburban Gothic was much more of a comedy and Trash Fire was...well, I don't know what the fuck Trash Fire is. I mean that in the best way possible. His work is difficult to categorize because it transcends singular genre categorization, radically shifts tones, and almost always refuses to compromise and give audiences what they think they want from a movie. I'm a huge fan of all of his past films, but even if I wasn't I know I would always be curious to see what he's going to do next. He's too original and exciting to ever ignore.
Amanda Crew stars as Olive, a twentysomething hipster who's recently lost her job and her boyfriend in the span of about a day. Looking to get away from it all, Olive takes the advice of her hippie mother (Kim Delaney) and gets out of the city for a few days, renting a house from Harvey, a widower played by the great Robert Patrick. Unfortunately, he's come to the realization of late that he's experienced everything in life except knowing what it's like to kill someone, sending him on a murderous rampage, with the girl occupying his house as the main target.
Tone-Deaf is available in limited release and on VOD platforms beginning today.