Movie Review: TONE-DEAF

TONE-DEAF was written and directed by Richard Bates, Jr. and stars Robert Patrick, Amanda Crew, Hayley Marie Norman, Johnny Pemberton, Nancy Linehan Charles, AnnaLynne McCord, Keisha Castle-Hughes, with Ray Wise and Kim Delaney.

After losing her job and imploding her latest dysfunctional relationship, Olive (Amanda Crew) flees the city for the weekend, escaping to the countryside for some peace and self-reflection. She rents an ornate country house from an eccentric widower named Harvey (Robert Patrick). Soon two generations collide with terrifying results as Olive awakens Harvey’s homicidal tendencies and is plunged into a blood-soaked fight for her life. More than your average slasher film, TONE-DEAF provides a dark critique of the bizarre cultural and political climate that currently exists.

Olive loses her job and decides to get away from it all so she rents a really nice old house out in the country for the weekend. She also has a few friends and her hippy mother to console in whenever she feels the need to vent about her bad luck. Olive’s landlord for the weekend is Henry, a grieving widower who’s hiding a terrifying secret – he’s had it with the human race, especially disrespectful millennials and he wants to get some revenge and teach her a lesson. As soon as Olive gets settled in, Henry decides that he’s going to kill her because it’ll give him some kind of sick and twisted satisfaction for what all he’s gone through.

What Henry ends up finding out is that his new guest is going to be a hard person to murder. Henry sets up several traps during Olive’s stay but she survives each one like the Roadrunner does with the Coyote and this pushes the unhinged old man to even more extremeties that ultimately backfires on him in the end. Olive survives her terrifying stay at Henry’s old house, and even after the millennial gets the best of the deranged psychopath, there’s even one more slap in the face for the baby boomer as the credits begin to roll.

Bottom line is, Tone-Deaf ended up being a lot of twisted fun and I had a blast with it. The movie is more of a character driven rollercoaster ride with some dark humor added in throughout the watch. The dark humor is courtesy of certain characters, some torture, and even a little piano playing. I think Richard Bates, Jr. crafted an interesting story that wages war between this unsuspecting millennial and the psychopathic baby boomer who’s been driven over-the-edge. Tone-Deaf features great two great leads with Robert Patrick and Amanda Crew who deliver some wickedly entertaining performances. It’s almost like Roadrunner and Coyote where one character is trying to kill the other one but it always kind of backfires. Tone-Deaf will by playing in select theaters and On Demand on August 23rd. Put this one on you watch list!

Distributor: Saban Films

Run Time: 90 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

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