MOVIE REVIEWS

BETHANY

by Attila Gyula Balázs

” It’s nice to see a genre film implement a more believable story by creating intricate backstories which all interrelate to the horrors the characters presently face.”

I give this film

Bethany is a story that takes place over decades, James Cullen Bressack’s, Bethany, delivers horrors and revelations simultaneously.

Stefanie Estes delivers a powerful performance as a Claire, a tormented young woman who is faced with her past as she and her husband Aaron (played by Zach Ward) move into the house of her youth. We learn about her Claire’s abusive mother (Shannen Doherty), her suicidal tendencies, and her in and out relationship with psych-wards. All the while, the suspense builds between what is real and flawlessly and will twist ones expectations in entertaining ways. I was surprised to see Tom Green, not because he plays a straight character, but that I wasn’t sure what happened to him after the testicular cancer (I’m glad you’re still around!)

Overall, I thought Bethany is a unique story with the necessities of production covered. It’s nice to see a genre film implement a more believable story by creating intricate backstories which all interrelate to the horrors the characters presently face. This may give those who want pure slasher horror fans a reason to excuse this film and precisely why I liked the film. This points to a bigger problem which is that small budget films are so much smaller when compared to their blockbuster cousins.

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