The Crooked Man online movie review - A fun film that rips off Lights Out, Nosferatu, and The Babadook.....
At a slumber party, twelve-year-old Olivia is blamed for the horrific and mysterious death of her friend after singing a song, created by a recluse called Milo, which summons the titular demonic figure.
Returning home six years later, a string of unusual deaths lead Olivia to believe that she's still being haunted by whatever she saw that night.
Once the rhyme is sung, everyone in the house is cursed to die by his hands.......
For a straight to TV horror movie, particularly one aired on the SyFy channel, this has really good production values, and harks back to the slew of cheap but successful horror films that were released thanks to the success of Scream.
It's a simple premise, sing a song and you will eventually die at the hands of the titular demon, who looks like a cross between The Babadook and Nosferatu, on. A jumping video tape.
And it's nothing more than your atypical horror film that ticks every box in the correct order, and it's all the better for not trying to be anything else.
More or less every friend from her past she bumps into ends up having a visit from The Crooked Man, and thanks to the success of Lights Out, he can only attack you in the dark, and only you can see him.
The origin story of The Crooked Man is nothing more than having an excuse to have someone fairly famous appear in the film, and this time it's martial arts star Michael Jai Whit who gets top billing here, but appears for about five minutes in total.
It doesn't matter though because the rest of the cast are fine, and it's surprisingly nasty for a TV movie.
So all in all, it's nothing special, but because it doesn't try to be anything more than what it is, it's all the better for it.