Deviant Behavior 2017
A masked self-made transgender, on a twisted mission to become the most beautiful women in town, is interrupted by Charlie Reese, a sleazy private detective who has discovered her world of torture and depravity.
John Dugan, Ed Guinn, and Michael Cristian
Just because I didn’t like Deviant Behavior doesn’t mean that you won’t. Think of it as a poor man’s Se7en, a gritty procedural horror that takes place in a nameless city that could be Anywhere and Nowhere USA. It’s a world of bathroom blowjobs for cocaine, hookers and pimps and no-tell hotels. Deviant Behavior is a hard-boiled crime thriller where the search for a missing girl takes us to the darkest corners of suburban hell & the mean streets; we mingle with the dregs of humanity, the cockroaches and the discarded, the hopeless and the heartless.
Our hero is a washed-up Dick for hire, the kind of booze-drenched detective you’d find slumming it up in a Raymond Chandler novel. He’s a man who’s seen it all, and it’s cost him dearly; he’s lost all faith in mankind, faith in inherent goodness—even simple acts of kindness. He’s good at what he does because he’s learned to think like the deviants he hunts down; it’s made him a skilled practitioner, but a soulless shell of a man. Life is a slow suicide of binge drinking and dangerous living; his sights are set so low he can’t even see love when it’s staring him in the face. Deviant Behavior includes your archetypal hooker with a heart of gold; she and our down-and-out antihero could find happiness if only they could shake the shackles of the wicked city. Alas, their demons keep them bound, suckling at the neon teat of vice, self-indulgence, and depravity.
Our villain is actually a twosome, a dastardly duo consisting of a master and a slave. The servant is a masked gimp, and extreme submissive whose is part Jame Gumb/Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs and part Leatherface; he’s got the swagger of 8MM’s Machine with scarred body of the Bride of Frankenstein. He keeps his dick in a jar to remind him of who he was, and how far he’s come; proof of his dedication to pleasing his/her master, becoming the epitome of beauty. The master is an invisible scumbag, one of a million Johns who roam the streets looking for a victim to abuse, a prostitute or another piece of human refuse; a piece of trash no one will miss. Once chosen, this poor soul becomes a plaything for the depraved; her pain becomes their pleasure; her screams are music to the sick couple’s ears.
Official Synopsis: A masked self-made transgender, on a twisted mission to become the most beautiful women in town, is interrupted by Charlie Reese, a sleazy private detective who has discovered her world of torture and depravity.
“Deviant Behavior”, Directed by Jacob Grim and written by Executive Producer Sal Hernandez, is the second feature film for STX Media. The film stars Eric Rodrigue, Tania Monroy, Alex Heatherley and L.G. Koruptore. “Deviant Behavior” also features John Dugan and Ed Guinn, who are cast members of the 1974 classic “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre “. “Deviant Behavior” is currently playing film festivals around the world and has already been acquired by SGL Entertainment for worldwide distribution and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in stores across the nation and on various internet streaming formats in late 2018.
Deviant Behavior succeeds at creating some nightmarish moments through the juxtaposition of music and violence. While the gore is often accompanied by abrasive techno pulsations, other moments are set against ironically happy, jaunty tunes. At its best, there are echoes of Reservoir Dogs with the humorless brutality of The Poughkeepsie Tapes. The film becomes an homage to Texas Chainsaw Massacre, not just with major cast members, but with the mannerisms of the most violent antagonist.
The film suffers most from a poor script, one that feels as though it was penned by someone who knows nothing of actual procedural investigations beyond the stereotypical maneuvers recycled in countless movies and TV. The top brass don’t want the public to know there’s a serial killer on the loose because that’s how it usually goes, not because the film gives a reason. I mean, why wouldn’t they want the press to help, unless someone on the inside is involved? I’m not setting up a spoiler because the explanations are never given. If I were to advise the scribe, I’d impress the importance of reaching out to script consultants, real investigators perhaps, when looking for details. Today’s horror moviegoers expect more.
Bottom Line: I didn’t want to shoot myself while watching it, but I wasn’t exactly thrilled either. It’s wasn’t even the type of film smoking excessive weed could improve (believe me, I tried). This low-budget procedural horror can’t blast past the humdrum of familiar tropes and an uninspired storyline. It’s most likely to find an audience among gorehounds, fans of torture porn, and those obsessed with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.