There’s nothing more exciting for a horror fanatic to watch a film from an undiscovered talent who has a new and original vision for the horror genre. What Ellison and Cripps do is prefer to explore the recesses of the mind and how violence can psychologically alter what we view in our world, and how we view it. Thus, “The Insane” covers some interesting ground in only twelve minutes, and presents a gruesome view of the underworld of crime, while John Vincent goes on the hunt for the maniacs who took his life away.
John Vincent is a cop who is on the hunt for the group of maniacs who killed his wife and unborn child, armed only with a crowbar and his wits, and as we explore more and more of his journey into the darkness and confrontations with weapon wielding psychos who seem almost numerous. Most refreshing is the obvious effort and time invested in the production from the duo who wrote, directed, and edited the entire film. Technically it’s an incredibly above par production, with some fantastic direction and camera angles that often create a searing sense of tension and chaos.
All the while, the story is consistently kept simple and low key, but works in such an epic manner that it would work as a much longer film if the budget ever worked in the filmmakers favor. James Spofforth gives a stellar performance as this multi-dimensional avenging angel who is haunted by his own flashbacks, and sees fit to murder the maniacs on his own time. As the film progresses, Spofforth’s acting becomes much stronger, and the duo thankfully pull in a stand out performance from a man given the task of lead.
Though narration is usually a caveat for me, the inner dialogue’s from Vincent help the story reach its final hook, and what a hook it is. It’s always exciting exploring new talent, and “The Insane” is the glimpse at new talent that could bring something fresh and original to the horror genre. With an exceptional performance, tight writing, and fantastic direction, “The Insane” is remarkable.