Mayhem (2012)

By Brett Mullins

Released: 2012

Written and Directed by Richard Blake and A. I. Moore

Mayhem is a short message film that more or less says two things: “We need not kill people to create change” and “Rich people are people too”. The Fulbright’s are an affluent family filled with all of the affluent family stereotypes. The father doesn’t care about anything but money; the wife is a bit clueless but nice; the children are socially awkward. At his last night with the Fulbright family as onsite security, the house is sieged by a notorious group of vigilantes out to spill the blood of the rich.

This film is technically sound. The wardrobe, however, is especially excellent; this is not a common trait among horror/thrillers.

The story is unique enough and will make the audience think. This is despite the cliches and silliness of some of the news stories. This is a politically charged film, however heterodoxical the issue is, and asks one to consider that deep down perhaps wealthy people actually, maybe, (kinda) share the same values as common folk. This is likely a question for sociology but it made for an interesting and enjoyable film.

Rating: 6/10

This Film was screened at the 2012 Atlanta Horror Film Festival.

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