DreadWorld Review: 'Kristy' (2015)


So it's the end of the year and I've go quite a few films that I need to review but haven't had the time to do so. So with that in mind, we are going to breeze through a coupe sort of truncated reviews of films that may or may not show up on the much anticipated DreadWorld top 8 of 2015. The first of those films, Kristy, comes from Donkey Punch director Oliver Blackburn and stars Haley Bennett and "The Twilight Saga's" Ashley Greene.

Bennett is Justine, a beautiful young coed with a devoted cover boy boyfriend (Lucas Till), who despite owning a pretty sweet looking late model BMW, can't afford a plane ticket to come home for Thanksgiving break. Much like the abundance of gold in the Lonely Mountain attracted the dragon Smaug in The Hobbit, Justine's seemingly perfect existence attracts a covert cult of miscreants set out to destroy those of her ilk. Eliminating those that fill what they feel is the "Kristy" stereotype drives members of the group and inspires others to take up their cause. But when they set out to destroy Justine; their latest "Kristy," they find that their latest target is much more than what she appears.

When it comes to plot Kristy is pretty paint by numbers. It's half an hour of set up and an hour of chase. Justine consistently outwits her would be killers in increasingly contrived ways before realizing that what she needs to do is to take the fight to them in order to survive. It's something we've all seen executed to various levels of success over the history of the stalk and slash genre. The one thing that Kristy has that could have set it apart from those other generic damsel in distress films, the cult angle, is grossly underdeveloped.

That being said, Kristy is actually a pretty damn good film. Director Oli Blackburn infuses the predicable action sequences with enough visually interesting material to make the film aesthetically worthwhile. The other thing that separates Kristy from your run of the mill thriller is the performances of both Bennett as Justine and Ashley Greene as the films main antagonist. Greene in particular has had a difficult road to hoe in shaking the Twilight stink off of her. But her performances in both this film and Joe Dante's Burying The Ex (review HERE) have both gone a long way gentrifying her name in the minds of horror fans.

Kristy is not a perfect film. Some folks will find the paint by numbers plot familiar and unimaginative. But if you can push that aside and lose yourself in a couple really good performances and the work of a talented director, you will find a film that is both satisfying and terrifying. Score one for the pretty girls with Kristy.

*** 1/2 stars out of *****

You can catch Kristy on Netflix for the time being. I am too lazy to research any other methods of viewing the film, but am confident you can operate Google just as well as I can.

That's it for me. As always: Thanks for reading and "enjoy every sandwich."


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