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Written by Richard Taylor   
Wednesday, 18 November 2015
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Directed by: James Cullen Bressack
Written by:
James Cullen Bressack, Jarret Cohen
Produced by:
James Cullen Bressack, Jarret Cohen
Cinematography by:
James Cullen Bressack
Editing by:
James Cullen Bressack
Jody Barton, Nicholas Adam Clark, Greg Depetro, Debbie Diesel, Tim Moran, Ian Roberts, Sloane Morgan Siegel, Maggie Wagner
1 h 13 min

Studio: Psykik Junky Pictures
Distributor: Unearthed Films

Hate Crime is Irish director, James Cullen Bressack's diatribe of home invasion terror. Bressack, at the ripe old age of 18 debuted with his low budget slasher My Pure JoyMy Pure Joy is a homage to underground horror fans featuring many references and visible movie covers of a bunch of cult underground horror releases. Hate Crime follows Bressack's mission in keeping things fresh, original, raw and viscerally devastating. Hate Crime is just what the title implies and nothing more -- a POV affair where a Jewish family are victimized in a brutal and relentless home invasion. The idea of making a movie to show this alone is enough to make the viewer say to themselves "do I really want to view this?" I asked myself the same question and then thought of my family and what if something like this happened to us. Is Hate Crime glorifying hate violence and suffering? To an extent I would say yes, but in the realm of underground horror, it brings to light modern day terror in society in a somewhat realistic fashion. No monsters, zombies or demons, just straight up modern day horror with a human face. For this I applaud Mr. Bressack, for which he is effective in this low budget outing.

Collecting different indie festival awards and making a name for himself with this film, Bressack has moved on to greener pastures.
Hate Crime is definitely his fuck you statement in modern horror but it does not come without its flaws. I appreciate the unflinching realism, but some points must be made about particular scenes that were overlooked in bringing forth such "realism," a statement that is probably just as sick and twisted as the content portrayed in the film.

This DVD released from the sicko's (a term which I use lovingly of course) at Unearthed Films features a commentary, some trailers of other unearthed stuff (where the dead go to die, vomit gore trilogy etc) and has an interesting behind the scenes feature which parts I found most fascinating were the actors rehearsing scenes not in costume, it just did not seem effective to me! 

The opening menus are effective in being disturbing to me by slowing down the audio and making it creepy and the ending features the victimized family in a normal scene of bonding in their car on the way to what was supposed to be a new start in a beautiful new home. Hate Crime has no plot. We get a Jewish family celebrating their younger son’s birthday and filming it until three masked nutcases storm in and take them hostage torturing and humiliating them relentlessly.

The three masked raving lunatics only refer to themselves as One, Two and Three. They are drugged up and ready to destroy this Jewish family in a fit of rage, donning swastika patches, tattoo's and in one case a swastika pendant. Not wanting to give much of the torture details away, I will mention a particularly disturbing scene where the older son is forced to rape his mother who was already previously raped by the bigger of the men who refers to himself as Three (Ian Roberts), a character who is over the top, to put it lightly, and wears this really disturbing black mask. The problem I have with this multiple rape scene (which occurs on a pool table by the way) is that Mom never gets her panties taken off and this distorts the realism and effect of a movie that really needs this no nonsense approach to make it convincing and get the go for the jugular mentality. Also, I don't know much about handguns (zero actually), but it seems like one of the pistols the perpetrators hold seems to be cocked forward suggesting its empty. Am I nitpicking? Yes, am I an asshole? Probably!

Those elements aside, I highly recommend underground horror buffs to check this one out. It’s a no nonsense ride of terror, even though it lacks a bit in the second half. The three neo nazi's lose their edge and start to let their guard down because they are tweaking out. They start taking off their masks, using their real names with one another, all while still filming with the family’s camcorder of course, or letting their dick do their thinking for them. As a whole Hate Crime one hell of a punch in the throat and not much of this has been done before. Yes, there are plenty of found footage films and shaky video cam style movies out there, but the idea of this style of racial home invasion is one nasty little endeavour.

Though it is not as gory as say, American Guinea Pig, it does exercise the same relentless nihilism, but just in a different sense of filmmaking and ideas. It is one disturbing piece of work. You know you want to see it -- I know I did, especially after reading about it and watching a couple trailers. The best line in the movie is from one of the gang members as he says the dark brooding piece of dialogue: "Things are not going to be get better!!!!" A lot of the dialogue from the bigger gang member, referred to as Three, is however muffled because of his mask, which makes it challenging to understand his raving lunatic rants.

Hate Crime is like one of those dark secrets, you don't want anyone to know you’re watching it, let alone that you enjoyed it. It is more of something to be witnessed and experienced so you can say you saw it.



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 Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
 Region: NTSC R1
 Audio: Dolby Digital

 – Group Commentary with Director and Cast
 – Behind the Scenes Featurette
 – Trailers

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