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Unofficial Horror Movie A–Z: Villains

Villains

Year: 2019
Runtime: 1h 30m
Rated: R

Directors: Dan Berk, Robert Olsen

Writers: Dan Berk, Robert Olsen

Stars: Bill Skarsgård, Maika Monroe, Blake Baumgartner

Double Feature Fodder:
Parents (1989)

Initial: Didn’t know much about this film. It’s on Hulu, the title starts with V, and it isn’t a vampire film. Third Bill Skarsgård film this month.

What Did I Think:
Bad guys encountering bad guys is always a fun plot and Villains is quirky enough to be entertaining.

Setting-wise, we spend the most time in Gloria and George’s house. They are obviously trying to live in some wholesome fantasy world and that gets short-handed as a vaguely 50s aesthetic, which also implies some level of derangement.

The performances by all four main actors (Jeffrey Donovan and Kyra Sedgwick playing the older couple; Bill Skarsgård and Maika Monroe, the younger) are good, but there was an unevenness to how competent our protagonists were at any given time. Are Mickey and Jules half-baked, small-time criminals, or are they savvy enough to manipulate George and Gloria? Depends on the situation. Of course, if this were a Cohen brothers movie, Mickey and Jules would only ever be dim. Dumb luck would be the only way out of their situation. It would be more realistic, but they’d be less likeable characters too. Your mileage may vary.