and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
were to inbreed, this would be their spawn. Writer-director Stevan Mena's latest splatterfest is a prequel to his 2004 debut Malevolence
, which takes place 10 years after the kidnapping of youngster-turned-psycho killer Martin Bristol. The new film backtracks five years in order to wallow in Martin's grisly apprenticeship under his gonzo captor, Sutter. For reasons that are never explained, Sutter has also been abducting and butchering young women for years without arousing any suspicions. Indeed, when 17-year-old Allison (Alexandra Daddario) moves to town to live with her uncle and aunt, they make nary a mention of the dwindling maiden population before Allison takes up jogging alone down secondary highways. The audacious finale sates the audience's bloodlust. But, no horror trope goes unexploited, from the derelict slaughterhouse to the comely damsel in distress whose articles of clothing are inversely related to the buckets of Kensington Gore being sloshed about.