Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Super (2010)

Fear 1/5
Gore 4/5
Entertainment 3/5
Creepiness 2/5

George is owner and superintendent of a building that demands a lot of his attention. Despite his constant work to maintain it and complaints from his wife about retiring, the former war vet stays steadfast, taking pride in the fact that it's been in his family for years. What starts out as that 'nice old man' taking care of the place and being friendly to all, the film takes a sharp turn towards the dark as we learn that something isn't quite right with good ol' George.

Our film starts as George goes about his daily business, fixing things around the building, helping tenants with bags or boxes up the stairs and following up with slackers who haven't paid that month's rent. He immediately endears himself to a young couple who's just now moving in as he helps them with their belongings. He also offers to help them find a Christmas tree. After the kids deny his kind offer as they aren't much of the religious or holiday type, he barks at them for not having a sense of tradition. And after a confrontation at the local watering hole that night, we begin to suspect that there are more than a few screws loose with old man.

What starts as a creepy stalking of his neighbors, soon turns to violence and murder as George just loses it completely. Why exactly we do not know nor are we ever given a complete explanation. From dismemberment to necrophilia, George goes from nice old man to completely fucked up and psychotic.

Assisting him in his efforts and cover-up, is a Russian female tenant who has a penchant for filming snuff. She plays Robin to his Batman and assists him in the killings, recording them and also assisting with the cleanup. Just when they think that all is right in their sick and twisted little world, it all comes undone when a crooked cop shows up. At first, he agrees to help them get rid of the bodies but that plan is immediately compromised when he can't get George to stop his murderous ways and the body count continues to rise. As the film ends, we see George completely hit rock bottom and we learn that the life that he lead as a loving husband and father is not all as it seemed.

The problem with The Super was that there was no real rhyme or reason for any of the onscreen madness that was perpetrated. George was a bit kooky and may have had some screws loose already because he was a war vet. But we really didn't get a sense of any history of violence, post war syndrome or any other sort of mental sickness. The kills and gruesomeness of some of the scenes are enough to please the gorehounds. But there is very little here by way of substance or purpose. I won't say steer totally clear of this one. But there was just nothing here that I could get particularly excited about.

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The Super - Red Band Trailer from Alex Lugones on Vimeo.

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