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My early career was in teaching, writing, producing and directing for theatre, comedy and impro shows. Now I'm a professional creative person. Mostly high-end branding, strategy, writing, editing and digital content creation.
Published September 8th 2020
Nasty Nazis get their Comeuppance
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Nazis don't stand a chance against Becky.


If you ever wished Home Alone was a bit more brutal and vengeful, Becky could be the film of your dreams. It's a wonderfully realised action/horror/thriller that's about to hit cinemas nationwide. The casting and acting in Becky are superb, even in the minor roles. You'll be surprised to see comedy favourites Joel McHale and Kevin James rocking some serious material. While Lulu Wilson in the title role is scarily believable.

Becky is a teenage girl still reeling a year after the death of her beloved mother. She wears her bad attitude and her pain on her sleeve. She is refusing to connect with her patient dad Jeff (Joel McHale). So he pulls her out of school one day and drives her to the idyllically remote family getaway home for some quality time together. Of course, dad ruins it all by inviting the new girlfriend Kayla (Amanda Brugel), who Becky predictably hates, and Ty (Isaiah Rockliffe), Kayla's young son.

While you do feel for her, it's kind of cool that the filmmakers are brave enough to present a heroine with flaws. She's pouty, rash and impolite. You sense Becky has a mean streak a mile long and your senses are about to be proven right.

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This Nazi isn't the king of the hill anymore.


Four dangerous criminals have escaped a nearby jail, and they're headed straight for Becky and her family. This group of neo-Nazis, led by the ruthless Dominick (Kevin James), are determined to get their hands on a key that leads to a mysterious bounty of significance to white supremacists. To make matters worse, guess who has the key? It's Becky.

Unfortunately for Jeff, Kayla and Ty, they don't know the location of the key or of Becky when the convicts arrive. They're soon submitted to horrors that inspire Becky ambush the baddies and fight back.



"Becky is a twisted coming of age film, featuring a 13-year-old girl channelling her teen angst to kick some serious ass as she engineers a brutal revenge against the neo-nazi prison escapees," directors Cary Murnion and Jon Milott (Cooties, Bushwick) say.

"It's the kind of bloody escapist insanity we want to watch. Becky is ultimately confronted with a fork in the road at the climax. The unexpected decision she makes and the moral and ethical ambiguity it expresses is at the heart of what makes this film so unique."

Some sensitive moviegoers will find the graphic violence difficult to watch.

"We wanted to explore the challenge of executing a contradictory tone, walking a fine line of making visuals that you can't take your eyes off, and simultaneously creating viscerally murderous scenes that force you to involuntarily look away," the directors say.

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Cute but deadly, Becky is on the warpath.


There's some wonderfully brilliant dialogue in the script by Ruckus Skye, Lane Skye and Nick Morris. A few quips are deeply dark, yet you may find yourself laughing at the gallows humour. This is great for breaking the tension in the movie.

An analysis of the subtext could read Becky as an allegory for the United States and its current battles between the left-wing and encroaching right-wing supremacy. However, it's not necessary to delve so deeply in order to appreciate the movie.

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Being in Becky's family is torture!


The film also boasts some wonderful cinematography and lighting. The location is perfect for an 'isolated cabin in the woods' scenario. Directing is outstanding and the special effects stomach-turningly gore-iffic. Becky is one of the most compelling and well-made films with a mix of action, horror and thriller, that you'll see this year.

BECKY IS IN CINEMAS NATIONALLY SEPTEMBER 10 with Victoria to follow post-lockdown.
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Why? Enjoy some edge of your seat entertainment
When: From 10 Sept with Victoria to follow lockdown
Where: In cinemas nationally
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