Cassidy Way (2016)

REVIEW BY: Cameron Popplestone

When a film student and her two friends go to Kern County to shoot a documentary, they stumble upon a mysterious family and learn why Pandora's box should never have been opened. 

REVIEW: Cassidy Way tells the story of three film students who get lost after stumbling across something they shouldn't have as they film a documentary. They end up meeting a family who initially offer to help them find their car, but turn out to have more devious motives than initially realized. This is tied to a corporation who is trying to buy up the land in the town, and this strange family turn out to be the only holdouts, due to an incident that happened between them and some of the employees of the corporation several years prior to the events of the film.

Cassidy Way is not a very good movie. It's problems stem from a pretty uninspiring concept that's already been seen many times before, as well as pretty poor acting overall from just about everyone involved. The Dad character especially is by far the worst of the performances. You do sort of buy that he's crazy, but it's also obvious that he's trying way too hard, and it comes off as a farce and doesn't fit in with any of the other actors at all.

In addition, it moves along at a snail's pace, and very little actually really happens to justify a full length film runtime, especially one at over 90 minutes. Honestly, this movie feels like the type of story that would have worked better as a 20-minute segment in a horror anthology film, and tightened up a bit. Even the most fanatical of horror fans will probably have a hard time sitting through this one. Then one of the few actual interesting points in the movie - finding out what the corporation trying to buy up all the land in the town is really up to - is barely even touched on, feeling more like a brief afterthought, and it leaves you feeling like it was pointless to have that as a subplot to begin with.

I can see what they were trying to do here, but it sadly didn't work. At all. It was a boring, poorly made, uninspired, and badly-acted mess of a film.

1/10 Rooms in the Psych Ward


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