Film Review: THE BAD BATCH (USA 2016)

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the bad batch.jpgA dystopian love story in a Texas wasteland and set in a community of cannibals.

Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
Writer: Ana Lily Amirpour
Stars: Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Jayda Fink

Review by Gilbert Seah
 
Writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour is best remembered for her breakout animated vampire feature A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT that featured strong visuals. She returns with another female protagonist sort-of vampire horror feature, this time set in a land of cannibals.

The BAD BATCH is a gruesome watch especially in its first 15 minutes. The film is tamed down after that, fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how one looks at it. In its first 15 minutes, Arlen (British model Suki Waterhouse) leaves Texas, U.S. and enters a no man’s land of toxic waste and odd communities. One is cannibal community where…

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