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Deadly Revenge

Monarch Home Entertainment // 2013 // 92 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Appellate Judge Daryl Loomis (Retired) // July 2nd, 2014

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All Rise...

Judge Daryl Loomis never cleans his pool.

The Charge

Jealousy can drive you off the deep end.

The Case

Cate (Alicia Ziegler, Lake Placid 2), a lonely young architect, has been sent across the country on a special assignment from her firm. Her partner for the project is Harrison (Mark Hapka), who is young, single, handsome, and has a great relationship with his mother (Donna Mills, Knots Landing). By the end of the week she spends with him, they fall in love and she decides to pack her life up and move in with him. Things start off well, but Cate soon gets jealous of a woman Harrison works with and, soon after, starts to feel very sick. When a disturbing fact about his past comes to light, she starts to think Harrison is trying to kill her.

I didn't expect much from Deadly Revenge. The bland title suggests a bland movie, but you never know. I didn't realize how little I was actually going to get from it, though. The way it begins, this easily could have wound up being a romantic comedy; its lighthearted and typically cloying with its characters. The title sort of spoils the idea of that, so right at the moment, had it been a romcom, when the guy does something stupid and it almost causes them to break up, that's when Cate becomes convinced that something is really wrong with him. Most of the rest of the plot points still apply, however.

It surprises me a little that the movie is so soft, given director Michael Feifer's penchant for making movies like Boston Strangler: The Untold Story and Drifter: Henry Lee Lucas. Until, that is, you look a little harder and see things like The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation and Gabe the Cupid Dog. I guess Deadly Revenge is actually a distillation of all the themes that the director has struggled with over his career.

Really, it's not that bad, necessarily; it's just really boring and predictable. It looks and feels like a Lifetime movie, because it was made for TV (though never picked up as far as I can tell), but there's nothing glaringly awful about it. There's little to no violence, no sex, and no real action. The only thing of note is Donna Mills as the mom, who isn't as nice as she first seems. I don't know if even her devotees could sit through this, though.

Deadly Revenge receives a bare-bones DVD release from Monarch. The 1.78:1 image looks fine for a low budget television production, with average color and detail. The 5.1 surround sound is perfectly average, with clear dialog and little dynamic range. There are no extras on the disc.

Unless you're some kind of hardcore Donna Mills completist, there is absolutely no good reason to watch Deadly Revenge. A bloodless, sexless thriller with no thrills or suspense is not a good way to spend time on any level.

The Verdict


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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 65

Perp Profile

Studio: Monarch Home Entertainment
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
• English (SDH)
Running Time: 92 Minutes
Release Year: 2013
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Drama
• Romance
• Suspense
• Television
• Thriller

Distinguishing Marks

• None


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