The Horror Honeys: Crazy People Don't Play By the Rules...

Crazy People Don't Play By the Rules...

A Revenge Honey "Why Haven't More People Seen This?" Review by Linnie

The Scribbler (2014)

With all the press given to big budget spectacles, most of which are crap, it's always interesting when a film that doesn't bite gets throw by the wayside. Last summer, there was some considerable trailer buzz over John Suits's The Scribbler, a film adaptation of a 2006 graphic novel by Daniel Schaffer. Many of us were excited to see this edgy female-fronted superhero film, but then... nothing. The movie seemed to just disappear. So imagine my surprise when The Scribbler popped up on my Netflix "Hey Linnie, We Think You Might Like This and We're Not Being Paid to Say So" recommendations. And I'm happy to say that, despite some critical and fanboy whining, I thoroughly enjoyed Suits's version of Schaffer's novel.

And for the first 30 minutes, I thought I hated it.

The Plot: Suki (Katie Cassidy), a young woman with multiple personality disorder, agrees to undergo an experimental medical treatment known as "The Siamese Burn," which will eliminate her excess personalities one at a time. While she undergoes the treatment, she is sent to Juniper Towers, an apartment building that houses only those with psychological disorders. As soon as she arrives, people in the building begin to die, and the question becomes: When only Suki and her last alter, a supposed killer called The Scribbler, are left, which personality will be the one to survive the final burn?

As I mentioned, in those first 30 minutes of The Scribbler, I found that visuals were beautiful but the story was completely incoherent. If I hadn't read Schaffer's graphic novel when it first came out, I wouldn't have known where the plot was headed or what it was trying to say. The introduction of Eliza Dushku as criminal psychologist Jennifer Silk didn't help. I've never been a fan and find that she is pretty much just playing the same character all the time. But then, I let myself relax into the film and I found myself utterly blown away by Katie Cassidy. The Cassidy we see in The Scribbler is not the one we get on Arrow. She is fierce and wild: I never could have imagined her as Suki before but now I can't imagine anyone else playing her.

Can I dress like that? Is that... is that allowed?
The supporting cast in The Scribbler is brilliant as well, and a genre fan's dream. Michelle Trachtenberg as "Alice," Gina Gershon as nympho bipolar snake handler Cleo, Billy Campbell as Dr. Sinclair (nerd alert: Sinclair was the last name of Timothy Dalton's villain in The Rocketeer starring BILLY CAMPBELL! Sorry... I said I was a nerd), and my personal favorite, Garret Dillahunt as "rooster in the hen house," Hogan: whatever the movie is lacking in solid script-writing it makes up for in gonzo performances from a more-than-game cast. Bonus points for a truly epic sex scene between Cassidy and Dillahunt, that ends with Cassidy punching Dillahunt in the face.

As any proper sexual escapade SHOULD end, obviously.

Sooo, writing backwards on walls is NOT normal? Asking for a friend.
But what I loved most about The Scribbler (movie version) is the same thing I loved about the graphic novel. In Suki's world, all "superheroes" are just regular people suffering from multiple personality disorder, but who have learned to live in a state of symbiosis with their alter. It is only when they are needed that the alternate hero (or in some cases, villain) personality comes to the surface and takes over. Most of the other reviews blasted the film for being "too low budget" to be a proper super hero film. My rant about the idiocy of that statement can be saved for another post. While The Scribbler may not have the mega-budget effects of your Avengers and your Man of Steels, I think it did a beautiful job on portraying the alters. Most of this is based on performances, but the effects are just enough to add to the moment without overwhelming the actors.

It took me an hour to realize who that was. Well done, hair and makeup.
Here was have another case of critics and marketing people wasting their time on commercial films when there are more interesting things happening in indies, especially where it comes to the comics-to-film world. The Scribbler is just a start. Here's hoping a film adaptation of Bitch Planet isn't far behind.

Revenge Honey Rating: 4 Siamese Burns out of 5

The Scribbler is available on Netflix Streaming, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube Download, Google Play, & blu-ray/DVD