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Disappointing horror release
on October 14, 2013
*I received an advance review copy of this movie from the distribution company.
Have you ever seen a company do something so out of character that you wondered what the true motives behind the action were? I am wondering that very thing in regard to why Lionsgate picked up RED CLOVER to distribute. I have seen some really bad movies in my time, but RED CLOVER ranks way up towards the top of the list.
The first glaring error to me about this film is that the plot synopsis pretty much has nothing to do with the movie. The town in which the film is set is not Irish Channel, nor is it in Louisiana. It's actually a town called Kenning in Massachusetts. There's never a mention of a massacre or a storm, nor is there any talk about St. Patrick's Day festivities being banned. So, pretty much omit the synopsis above. The film is about an evil leprechaun that curses a girl and then kills all of her friends.
Yup, that's pretty much it. Why is she cursed? I don't know...the film never says. But she has a clover burned into her palm and the leprechaun hunts her for unknown reasons, although he doesn't kill her when he catches her and instead decides to hunt down other townsfolk. Make sense? Nope, not to me, either.
RED CLOVER is shot well, although that is one of only two positive points about the film. The second is the gore; while not excellent, it is still well done and looks good onscreen. But those two positives certainly cannot save this masterpiece of a mess.
One aspect that bugged me the most is the dialogue. It is atrocious. At one point, one of the characters talks about "pimp-slapping that leprechaun" until it's dead. I don't know if it was a serious comment or an attempt to inject humor into the scene, but it did not work either way. It actually made me angry.
Another big negative for me is when the leprechaun actually gets into a guy's car and runs him over with it to kill him. Keep in mind the creature looks like Pumpkinhead, so imagine it behind the wheel of a car. Driving. To run over someone. Then it puts the car in reverse and backs up.
REALLY?? Are you serious? A hideous creature with fangs and claws that has been disemboweling and dismembering people decides to drive a car to kill someone? I almost shut the movie off at this point but instead I drudged on.
For the past decade, Lionsgate has pumped out a massive list of hit titles, and they still continue to do so. But I seriously cannot believe they put their name on this one; RED CLOVER is not worth watching, even when it was on the Syfy Channel. As much as I wanted to like it, I cannot recommend it at all. It's not even so-bad-it's-good.
The movie hits shelves next week if you want to give it a look.