In the 1960s and 1970s, an assortment of Exploitation films hit the screen, and throughout the years, I have enjoyed a variety of them, including modern ones like Devil’s Rejects. The most recent, for me, is Trespassers (2019) where Orson Oblowitz takes us on a journey pulling in elements from Sexploitation and Splatter.
The opening scene was intense, which helped keep me interested throughout the slower transition to the meat of the movie. The addition of soft-porn was strange at times, not because it was there, but what happens during one of those moments. Trespassers becomes moodier, crazier, and more frantic as the minutes go by, especially when Fairuza Balk arrives on the scene; yeah the crazy girl from The Craft, and she’s improved her craft making the crazy feel real.
Now, let’s throw in the Splatter; I love it so much. With so many movies lately that have turned to ethereal or psychological horror, it’s like I’ve been on a diet or in detox, missing some of my favorite snacks. Splatter makes me happy, even if it’s poorly done, which it is not in Trespassers. It is brutal and visceral, and best of all, it’s realistic.
I’ve seen several IFC Midnight films, and I’m always impressed with the level of actors they find for their movies. In addition to Fairuza, there’s Carlo Rota, who plays Sergeant Daniels with the usual power that I’ve come to expect from him. The other I want to mention is Jonathan Howard as Victor; his psychotic episodes are delightful and fun to watch, as were the naughty scenes (wink).
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I came across Trespassers, but I’m glad I chose to watch it, and I give the film 4 out of 5 Stars.