This movie is the Bad News Bears of film making. You can't help but root for it. It was obviously made on a small budget, but you'd never know by judging my the story or the performances. It wasn't very long into the movie before I found myself thinking, 'Wow, this is actually pretty good.' It only got better as it when on. The pace of the movie was great. There's tons of great scenes and you totally root for Kyle and Annie. There's even humor most of it intended throughout the movie. Oh, and there's some pretty hot sex scenes. They definitely play up the <more>
sexuality. Danielle Harris and Jennifer Blanc Biehn do a great job playing 'bad girls'. The writing is smart, Michael Biehn's performance actually everyone's and there's very cool ending. This may not be everybody's cup of tea, but if you like a good grindhouse picture you'll love this.
Michael Biehn did an amazing job on his very first directorial project. It had all the aspects of a great thriller, sex, drugs, suspense, and killing. I loved it and hope he continues to make more amazing projects in the future. AMAZING WORK!I loved the use of the RED CAMERA in this film. I also liked that he shot it day for night. It made the night time scenes much easier to see. Cant wait until he makes the sequel to this movie. Jennifer Blanc, Denny Kirkwood, and Ryan Honey were just terrific as a cast. Jennifer gave such good work and nailed the roll. Ryan Honey was very convincing in his <more>
Recent screening at the Fright Night Film Fest... (by xphile66)
Just tonight, I had the opportunity and pleasure to see this independent film by actor/director Michael Biehn. It was great from beginning to end. Considering there was a shoe string budget, this film packs a punch in just about every aspect...writing, directing, even the film quality is top notch. Having been told before the screening that it was shot during the day, even for the night shots, it was amazing to see this "film trickery" transpire. Had I not been told, I would have never known. I've seen other movies where they try this, but never make it work. It works here. I <more>
throughly enjoyed the dark humor which was well placed and executed, quite perfectly by Michael Biehn. As for the rest of the cast...Jennifer Blanc-Biehn also Producer , Danielle Harris, Ryan Honey & Denny Kirkwood, they were top notch. Each character was perfectly cast and they made the role their own. You usually don't see this level of acting and dedication on such a low budget, but in this you do. I couldn't tell you how many times I've seen a movie big budget where the actors seem like they are just going through the motions. You can tell that all involved felt a wave of pride in what they did and ultimately accomplished.
The Victim, the first product of Blacnbiehn productions, turned out exactly the way they intended. Meant to be a take or tribute if you will to the old 'grindhouse' type movies. Michael Biehn's first official attempt at writing and second at directing, inspired by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's own Grindhouse collaboration, used or exploited as Michael like to say all the typical grindhouse venues; sex, drugs, murder, serial killer, suspense. Before the premier Michael made sure to point out "don't be afraid to laugh, its not meant to be all serious". <more>
After all, didn't we all laugh at those weekend grindhouse movies in the 60's and 70's and their corniness? Its a fun movie to be seen again and again.
Does Exactly What It Says On The Tin (by joeodonohoe)
There is nothing like going to the cinema with a few friends, hoping for some deliciously, indulgent exploitation action and having all your expectations viciously answered with a solid gut punch of grindhouse film making.Even with its sultry, unashamedly grindhouse style of film making, The actors all do a great job, there's some real tension, and an underlying quality to the movie that is not often seen in such low budget film making.Directed, written and starring Michael Biehn and produced by his wife Jennifer Blanc Biehn, The Victim is an instant entry to your favourite exploitation <more>
movies.Check it out at the cinema if you can, I believe Michael and Jennifer Biehn are currently touring the movie to festivals,I got a chance to see it in Dublin, if you cant get it at the cinema, definitely pick it up on DVD/Blu-Ray.You wont be disappointed.
When I went to Fright Fest weekend I expected to spend lots of money gladly on merch and autographs, but what I did not expect was to see a film with well established actors that was so obviously a labor of love."The Victim"- Michael Beihns directorial debut hit all the marks for me. I don't know if Mr. Beihn had a love of grind house films before working in Robert Rodriguez's "Planet Terror" but it shows that he walked away with one. In his first shot out in the big chair he wears almost all of the hats and they fit him well. He got some really good performances <more>
from his co-stars. Something that is usually a bit of a thin line in genre homages like this one. The actors played off each other well. There was great chemistry between the leads. Beihn was dark and also funny. Jennifer Blanc Beihns wife who played the character of Annie, played vulnerable and strong well with equal measure. Seeing them together makes you want to see what would happen in a sequel. They also got maximum effect from the budget. The movie looks good. Kudos to the whole cast and crew. I hope this film gets the attention it deserves.
I am by no means a film critic, more of a novice film watcher. I do know what's good and what sucks! I watched this movie at a special screening during Scarefest in Lexington, Kentucky. We were all lucky enough to have Mr. Michael Biehn, his beautiful wife Jennifer Blanc and the amazing Danielle Harris on hand to intro the movie for us. This movie is very well written and the camera work is well done. One of the best things about this movie is the way the story has you in the middle of an incredibly serious scene then just enough humor is thrown in to give you a chuckle without taking <more>
away all the drama. That's a fine line to walk, and this movie does it quite well. The acting has you drawn to the characters, very believable and you tend to find a bit of yourself in them. And any movie in which you find yourself thinking "what would I do in that situation?" when your in the middle of watching it, at least to me says it has a very realistic feel to it. to many movies have you just staring blankly at the screen because now days the quality of a script doesn't seem to be a big deal as long as enough special effects and cgi are thrown in to it. So it's nice to see a movie that goes back to the traditional style of movie making, the special effects should enhance the movie but they shouldn't be used to make it. This movie got it right, a strong story line with characters you care about and just enough details are given to keep you guessing all the way through, and then some. all in all this movie is the best indie type movie I've seen, I won't give any real details as to the plot or certain scenes and the ending? go see for yourself, you won't be disappointed. Can't wait to get a copy of it for myself and I'll be waiting hopefully for a part 2!!! And the end credits are a nice touch! not often do the people behind the scenes get to be seen, makes you see just how much of a team effort this really was! And Danielle Harris is AWESOME, as always! Nice job to all involved!
An excellent movie for fans of B-movies and grind house styles (by ibesooner)
The Victim is a tight, well thought out thriller filled with shady characters and plot twists throughout. I had the pleasure of seeing this film in Kansas City at a film festival. The film was actually still being finished and did not have all the special effects and what not completed at the time. Even so, the movie was excellent. Michael Biehn turns in a wonderful performance. His portrayal of a man out of touch with the world is spot on and the creepiness is perfect. Jennifer Blanc-Beihn does well also as a "bad girl" if you will. She finds a balance between the rebellious nature <more>
of the character and an innocent side scared for her life. Smaller performances though just as good by Ryan Honey and Danielle Harris are also believable as a corrupt cop and a woman with no morals, respectively.The film itself is very tightly constructed. The pacing feels just right and the movie has a good narrative that helps tie everything together. While the film itself is a drama filled with tension and moments of pure anxiety, it also has a dark humor throughout. The grind house feel that permeates the movie tends to make what could be an average film exceed to higher planes. At every corner you can tell the crew worked very hard and poured their heart and souls in the movie. With a very small budget and a very short time span, Michael Biehn hit a home run with his directorial debut. Being in the initial screening I also got face time with the man himself, and just from his voice you could tell how proud he was of the movie. In conclusion, if you like movie that is heavy in suspense and has cheap grind house thrills, you owe it to yourself to see this film. It may not ever win an Oscar, but with terrific performances by all and several compelling twists and turns, it will win some fans hearts.
Hard to classify into a particular sub-genre of exploitation film Biehnxploitation? Blanxploitation? , opting to take elements from several sex, violence, revenge but not fully committing to any single type. My personal impression was of a westernised chanbara.The characters themselves are multi-dimensional, presented "as is". You'll understand why they are in the current situation, but for the most part you won't get a life history. The cast's appearance is very appropriate to the genre, with the performances largely solid in this respect also.The plot is <more>
genre-appropriate, boiled down to having the characters in a situation and how they react to that situation. The execution is unpretentious, and engaging enough to sustain interest.Overall it's a film that an audience may find divisive. It's biggest criticisms are also it's biggest strengths. It IS an exploitation film, with all that that implies. I personally felt it to be a reinvention rather than a homage, an example of the historical exploitation method made on modern technology.My belief in reinvention over homage leads to my only real gripe - Some of the delivery seemed to waver between "acting" and "acting like someone acting in an exploitation film".In conclusion, a film best enjoyed by fans of exploitation who will appreciate for what it is, at the cinema with like minded people.I look forward to future productions, and if I could suggest one thing it would be to bundle an extensive "making of" onto or alongside the home release, as the story behind the production/philosophy would doubtless be of educational/academic interest compare "Beowulf & Grendel" with "Wrath of Gods" .