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Cherry Tree Lane 2013 NR CC

A couple is held hostage in their own home by a group of teenagers who are looking for their son. While waiting for the son, the teenagers decide to kill time in some very brutal ways.

Starring:
Rachael Blake, Tom Butcher
Runtime:
1 hour, 17 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Horror
Director Paul Andrew Williams
Starring Rachael Blake, Tom Butcher
Supporting actors Jumayn Hunter, Ashley Chin, Sonny Muslim, Jennie Jacques, Corinne Douglas, Kieran Dooner, Tom Kane
Studio Image Entertainment
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By Carl Manes on January 31, 2013
Format: DVD
A simple night at home turns into a deadly game of survival for Christine and Michael when three of their son's low-life friends hold them hostage while waiting for him to return. Director Paul Andrew Williams of THE COTTAGE fame has digested the works of Wes Craven and Michael Haneke then placed an urban edge on them in the 2010 home invasion Horror story, CHERRY TREE LANE. A strict dichotomy is drawn between Britain's upper and lower classes, where Williams has the chance to explore the mutual exclusivity of each through the microcosm on screen. The same dark humor that we experienced in FUNNY GAMES creeps through these teens' bleak world view as well, proposing a life in which violence and crime have become accepted as a daily occurrence. Where CHERRY TREE LANE falters is in its inability to bring anything new to the table. We have seen this all before, it has simply been reprocessed to fit the current social climate that surrounds Britain's inner city youth. Williams does leave us with a brilliant closing shot, however, and one that intentionally provokes the viewer to choose between giving in to their insatiable blood lust and desire for revenge, or to maintain their last hold on civilization. CHERRY TREE LANE does show a marked improvement in style and form for the director.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
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Filmmakers love to exploit people's worst fears. Think about all the films made over the years about plane disasters, natural disasters, zombie outbreaks, airborne pathogens, serial killers, and any and everything else released in theaters or on DVD weekly. For some reason, we're all drawn to seeing what might happen in any of these situations and experience them from the outside looking in. "Cherry Tree Lane" gives us a "glass house" view of what many people would consider one of the most frightening horrors they could experience: the home invasion.

An ordinary middle-class couple named Christine (Rachel Blake) and Mike (Tom Butcher) arrive at home and settle in for an evening together. Their son, Sebastian (Tom Kane), hasn't arrived yet. You can tell the two have issues between them through awkward talk at the dinner table.

The evening takes a turn for the worse when Christine answers a knock at the door and returns to the dining area held captive by a thug with a knife to her throat. The couple soon find themselves bound, gagged, and beaten as their captors await their son's arrival. It seems Sebastian is running with a rough crowd and turned in one of the young delinquent's brothers.

"Cherry Tree Lane" is a slow-burning and tense movie that does its best to explore every aspect of a home invasion. However, instead of showing you everything, it leaves much to your imagination. It's not worse than seeing horrific actions onscreen, but creates a more stressful viewing experience.

Director / writer Paul Andrew Williams definitely knows how to pace a good suspense yarn. This has been referred to as a real-time thriller by some people. Let's just say a lot can happen in 77-minutes.
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The horror genre is notorious for implausible story lines. But Cherry Tree Lane side-stepped that landmine by writing a tight script that beautifully illustrates how unprepared the real-life average family is for something like a home invasion.

Unlike many boring American movies that show families tooled up to the eyeballs when it comes to dealing with a threat, this urban couple responded in a typical fashion. The shock, as in, I can't believe this is really happening. The casual nature of the violence of these young men, again, a lot more typical than we'd like to think. The rape scene, all the more realistic because we don't see it, yet we hear the muffled screams.

When the gangs girlfriends show up, they take in the scenes of violence without raising an eyebrow because they've seen so much of it in their own homes. The script is much sharper than other critics realise and it's more credit-worthy because of how real it really is.

This film has not been panned because it was bad, but rather because it was too real, making those who watched it just a little uncomfortable. If the writer had stayed in the realm of fantasy and implausible plot lines, he might have got better reviews. The fact is, he got it right. His finger is on the pulse and if he holds true to his principles, he can use his art and talent to keep revealing the truth about life that gives the rest of us pause.
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Michael (Tom Butcher) and Christine (Rachael Blake) have a strained relationship. He doesn't trust her after she confessed to an indiscretion. They also have an issue with their son Sebastien (Tom Kane) who have been hanging out with the wrong sort. Their conversation is low, so I needed to crank up the volume to hear what they were saying. What was with the still camera in the opening bedroom shot?

Soon some of Sebastien's mates break in looking for him in a bad sort of way. This becomes a home break-in film as our gang helps themselves to some cookies, DVDs, and the wife. Things get weird when the gang's girlfriends show up, one of which is dragging along her innocent pre-teen brother.

The break-in formula runs its course and rather quickly in this 77 minute film.

The acting was alright, the characters needed a little more developing. The home break-in terror was light compared to others in this genre. You might want to go watch "Mother's Day" or "Last House on the Left" again before seeing this one. Not really worth renting.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, off screen rape, discreet nudity. Wal Mart $9.96
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