The horror satire film Tone-Deaf written and directed by Richard Bates Jr. tells a thrilling yet hysterical narrative centered around the growing gap between baby boomers and millennials. Amanda Crew plays young millennial Olive, who breaks up with her boyfriend and gets laid off from her job at an L.A. fashion studio all in one day. Olive decides she needs a break from her life in the city and rents out a home in rural California to relax for the weekend. Little does she know, the homeowner, who is an elderly man named Harvey (Robert Patrick), has other plans for her.
Haunted by the recent death of his wife and his son abandoning him, Harvey loses it and plans to kill Olive during her stay at his home because he’s always wanted to know what murdering someone feels like — also because he just really hates her generation. The film takes a gory twist as the two go back and forth, violently attacking each other to stay alive in the battle of boomers vs. millennials.
Amanda Crew does a phenomenal job at portraying the witty and independent Olive. Her smart mouth and attitude add humor to the film and show that she is unafraid to stick up for herself as a woman. Her character embodies everything Robert Patrick’s character hates, a feminist that is unafraid to stand up to the patriarchy. Robert Patrick is always good at playing the villain, so naturally, he put on a great performance as the dark and sinister Harvey.
Richard Bates Jr. combines the perfect amount of suspense and humor to create this film. It’s not serious enough to completely be a horror film, but it definitely has some cringe-worthy scenes that will have you covering your eyes.
In Theaters and On Demand: August 23, 2019
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ABOUT: After losing her job and imploding her latest dysfunctional relationship, Olive (Amanda Crew) flees the city for the weekend, escaping to the countryside for some peace and self-reflection. She rents an ornate country house from an eccentric widower named Harvey (Robert Patrick). Soon two generations collide with terrifying results as Olive awakens Harvey’s homicidal tendencies and is plunged into a blood-soaked fight for her life. More than your average slasher film, TONE-DEAF provides a dark critique of the bizarre cultural and political climate that currently exists.
Starring: Robert Patrick, Amanda Crew, Hayley Marie Norman, Johnny Pemberton, Nancy Linehan Charles, AnnaLynne McCord, with Ray Wise and Kim Delaney.
Directed and Written by: Richard Bates, Jr.
Rated: R for violence, language throughout, sexual content and some drug use.
Runtime: 87 minutes