Movies I Quit: RED MIST

Posted by Peter Hall - February 10th 2009 @ 10:27 pm

RED MIST, Directed by Paddy Breathnach, 2008
Quitting time: About 35 minutes in.

I set out to see RED MIST purely because I wanted to know if Paddy Breathnach’s bumbling of the potentially kick ass SHROOMS was a fluke.  A movie about twenty-something’s who go out into a swamp to chew down some brain magic only to soon lose the ability to differentiate between the trip and the murderous events around them is loaded with potential.  All those avenues for iconic imagery were squandered, however. I thought perhaps it may have been the poor script.

Nope, not the script.  Having attempted to sit through RED MIST I’ve realized the connection is undoubtedly Breathnach, a man that should get out of the horror business.  RED MIST opens with a (clearly) mentally disadvantaged guy filming a dead body inter-cut with a scene from his childhood of his hooker mother being severely beaten, as if this one act is the only explanation for his behavior.  Breathnach leaves the unnecessary and wholly unpleasant flashback to return to our necrophiliac still in the morgue, only now he is filming with one hand and cutting himself with a blade held in the other.  Classy.

At this point RED MIST should have gotten the axe (less than five minutes in, mind you), but an effort was made to wait out any improvement.  After all, it does star Arielle Kebbel and Sarah Carter, two talented and attractive actresses who have never really gotten huge breaks despite multiple key roles, leading me to wonder what the expiration date is on the phrase ‘upcoming young starlet’. Thirty minutes in was more than enough time to make the call to ditch.  We’d been introduced to the main set of characters, all despicable, uninteresting, one-sided cutouts.  We’d been introduced to the plot, which cobbled together the worst bits of PATHOLOGY, I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, ALTERED STATES and SHOCKER to no grand aspirations.  It was game over once it was clear the movie was about moronic med students who put a psychologically disturbed handicapped person into a coma, cover it up, only to later have him kill them by possessing the people around his comatose body due to an untested drug put into his system by Kebbel.

I’ve got nothing wrong with a plot like that.  In the right hands, that could make for a wild story, but those hands are not attached to Paddy Breathnach.  He has no talent for establishing a scene whatsoever.  No ability to raise suspense.  No eye for shots, which makes his shot on consumer HD flick look like a high school production.  There’s just no meat to it, no motivation to waste further time on its hollow carcass.

Boring, unoriginal, uninspired.  Not falling for the Paddy Breathnach curse again.

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  1. Birdy
    February 11th, 2009 | 1:08 pm | #1

    You know, the whole psychological disturbed guy possessing those around him was also very much done in Incubus. And done decently I thought, for a movie with it’s main star being Tara Reid. It really just sounds like they were ripping as much as they could from as many different horror movies as they could, throwing them together, and hoping for a good movie.

    Under a good director, it might have been. Stranger things have certainly happened, and it seems as though they had some elements that could potentially produce a good movie. I’ll definitely be avoiding Breathnach–thanks for the warning!

  2. james smith
    February 11th, 2009 | 10:25 pm | #2

    i just got done watching red mist i
    think it was great the plot held up
    the actors were great
    a four star movie

  3. February 11th, 2009 | 11:17 pm | #3

    Four stars? Do plants smoke crack?

  4. Aspen Dillon
    December 28th, 2009 | 7:24 pm | #4

    I thought it was a pretty-well film. I think Andrew Lee Potts played his part well, and was able to make his character a socially disadvantaged man-not mentally handicap one-so I’m not sure why you would think that..

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