David(Nick Marino) is looking for a new ride. In particular, he’s in the market for a motorcycle. While visiting the local gas station David strikes gold. The gas station owner(Jeff Evans) has a bike for sale. He tells David, “If you get her started, she’s yours.” To David’s surprise the motorcycle starts right up. Despite his girlfriend Tonya’s(Faith Knapp) misgivings, David believes he’s the luckiest guy in the world. He also remembers the strange conversation at the gas station with the owner. Something about the bike and a violent serial killer.
Murdercycle is a short horror film directed and written by Tyler Turner. Within the first few moments of Murdercycle it is clear this is an homage to Stephen King’s Christine. Murdercycle nails the look and style of this cult horror classic. You get cool leather jackets, a jealous ex-boyfriend(Justin Shakeri), a popular local bar, and buckets of blood. Basically everything that makes those early horror films so nostalgic to revisit. The care and detail put into the cinematography, wardrobe, and special effects to make this happen really shows.
Unfortunately, the plot doesn’t seem to have as much polish. A lot of moments in Murdercycle introduce elements that are never explained. In some instances, the elements never need added at all. For example, there is the introduction of a “bully” character. I have no problem with this troupe as long as it advances and enhances the plot. This addition seemed like it just marked off a checklist.
Although the story comes up short, Murdercycle is a well made film honoring those that came before it. Everything from the acting to the overall style harkens back on vintage 80’s horror. If you’re looking for an easy watch that will put a smile on your face remembering the past, then Murdercycle is for you. Murdercycle is now available to watch on YouTube.
I give Murdercycle 3 out of 6 reels.
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