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Psychology student Abby Jones (Christine Evangelista) makes the mistake of locking eyes with a murderous patient named Harmon (Dominic Purcell) while on a class trip to the local mental institute. Unfortunately, Abby resembles Harmon's girlfriend that he brutally butchered. He escapes from the hospital and heads out in search of Abby, leaving a trail of dead bodies in his wake.
Director / writer Campion Murphy put together the right ingredients for "Escapee." The problem is the formula he concocts is overused. This would be a shocking and suspenseful film had it come out in 1980. The problem is, it's a by-the-book slasher / thriller with nothing to add to the mix. Many of these types of films at least give the viewer a sense of mystery by keeping the killer a secret to the end. Murphy tries to save "Escapee" about three-quarters of the way in with a bit of a twist that comes off as desperate and ill-conceived.
Dominic Purcell ("Prison Break") is perfect in the role of the towering and bulky killer Harmon. Christine Evangelista ("The Joneses") plays Abby with a perfect level of innocence and terror. Carly Chaikin ("Suburgatory") and Melissa Ordway ("90210") are perfect for Abby's stereotypical roommates. One is bratty and boy crazy while the other has a steady man and a decent life to conveniently lose to the killer.Read more ›
Once our criminal is caught and then escapes from a mental hospital 5 years later, the film focuses on three college girls. Abbey (Christine Evangelista) is the main character. She is serious and studious. She looks similar to the ex-girlfriend Harmon (Dominic Purcell) killed. Lynne (Carly Chaikin) is refreshing with personality, a character I wish would have been more utilized. Then there is Renee (Melissa Ordway) our blonde eye candy in bra and panties. In a different way, I wish they had utilized her more.
Yes, our criminal is headed toward Abbey and there is a twist which was rather meaningless. A twist for the sake of having a twist. I enjoyed the banter among the college girls, but the rest of the dialouge was boring. The slasher aspect was off camera. I would recommend watching " The Slumber Party Massacre" instead. A fairly boring slasher film.
Parental Guide: No f-bombs (I recall). No sex or nudity. Near sex.
Nicholas R.W. Henning - Australian Author
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This movie was produced by and featured one of my former students, Faith Ford. I went to see it in the theater and wanted a copy of my own because of my association with Faith. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dianne H. Lundy, Author of The Girl from Nip 'n' Tuck
Dominic Purcell plays a escaped mental patient terrorizing a young girl who mistakenly made eye contact with him in a class tour of the facility. Read morePublished 20 months ago by dhart
I like this movie. It was different than your usual thrillers. I'd say it's a modern "B" movie, but they're always the best.Published on January 9, 2014 by Renee M.