From the recesses of a film director we know little about called Makinov, a horror film named "Come Out And Play" was delivered to the masses. This is a movie that had a lot of promise in the premise, but ultimately fell short on delivering the goods. In this review, we are going to talk about good elements, as well as, areas that we felt were in dire need of improvement. Before reading this review, you can watch Makinov's cloaked manifesto to the world of film, which discusses some of his views on the current state of cinema. Well, without further delay, Let's Unhinge "Come Out And Play".
When looking at the cover on the left, what do you expect the film to be about? If you said something along the lines of children killing without remorse, then you may
have had the same thoughts as we did, initially. After watching this film, you realize that the epic slaughterhouse that you thought you were going to view is no where to be found, we are only left with unfulfilled expectations. As far as having the key elements in place for a great horror, they were all there: deserted island, limited resources and a group of seemingly mindless kids. One would think that with this awesome setup Makinov couldn't fudge hitting a home-run, but somehow, he merely bunted if not miss the ball completely.
The film begins with two adults, Beth and Francis, who have decided to take a trip south of the border in search of relaxation, one could assume. Of course, the true reason could have been discussed in Spanish, but since we are not provided with adequate subtitles for the first few minutes, most of us are left in the dark. So you have your basic parents with kids back home and a child on the way looking to curl their toes in the sands of a deserted island off the coast of Mexico, ultimately. There is nothing exciting or even sinister about the beginning of the movie, so we'll just skip to where the action should have begun.
Francis(Bachrach) and his wife, Beth(Shaw) find themselves on an island that is largely populated with giggling children and dead adults. Okay, so most people would abort the planet if not the island upon encountering a situation such as this right? It's only common sense to get out of town when murder is without consequence and your wife's safety is in jeopardy but oh no, not Francis. This guy has to obtain proof that what he thinks is happening is actually happening, Stupidity reigns supreme throughout this film. This element alone is one of the reasons that this movie never truly takes off for a lot of people. We all understand that in horror, the characters need to be a little naive, but to be just plain ignorant, that s overkill.
Even after aggression and hostility from the children is witnessed, these two idiots continue to bumble around like 2yr-olds in wet diapers needing their mommies to wipe their arse. Now we could understand if these kids were assassins or teenagers like 16-17, but no, these kids aren't even 5yrs off the tricycle. So how does a grown man and a pregnant woman get their lives flipped upside down by a bunch of navel to shoulder-high kids? If anyone can answer that then you freaking rock because obviously your seeing something that no one else is. It's not even like these kids are organized or specialized in the arts of war, they are just giggling kids wielding sharp objects.
The whole time you watch this movie, you are just floored by epic stupidity displayed in Beth and Francis's character and if you make it to the conclusion, your just like "WTF". So we'll give it to Makinov for capturing our interest long enough to even sit down and watch this rubbish, but overall this film is garbage. Now, of course even in the trash you can still find items that are worth a second look before totally discarding and "Come Out And Play" isn't any different.
Here's a few edible pieces of content we were able to find in Makinov's steaming pile of mud, to say the least.
1. Creepy kid on the island dock giving off evil vibes-check
2. Dead bodies and gleeful appreciation for dismemberment shown by kids- check
3. Making a bad situation worse by not listening to viewers yell at the screen- check
4. Giving fans an action-packed scene of gratuitous violence- check
There may be one or two more moments that squeeze out an "Eh" rather than a "GTFOH" moment from viewers, but let's just say, "Come Out And Play" isn't one of our faves. Do we recommend this movie, yeah, if you just need to have something on the tele and the "Looney Tunes" marathon isn't on. Other than that you'd have to be an adventurer of film, as Unhinged Readers and staff are, to even be able to sit through Makinov's film and find something of value in it.
If you've seen this movie, do you agree or disagree with the review?