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Rust Belt Driller (2021) Review

Image credit: DP Bill Schweikert

A metaphorical film which has you entering the mind of a brutal killer, as his life deteriorates in front of our eyes in this somewhat thrilling, yet very confusing, horror.

Aaron Krygier takes the lead in his role as the menacing killer Renn, a talented artist who uses his vengeance on those who play upon his paranoid.

Krygier does a brilliant job at capturing the madness of Renn's character. The beginning of the film makes you emphasise with an artist who is struggling to cope with the challenges in life as he begins to lose his mind.

The exploration into Renn's character is complex, yet necessary. A reocurring theme is misogyny and how Renn fuels his hatred towards his own mind by having sex for his own sanity and in contrast, his targeting of primarily female victims.

Image credit: DP: Bill Schweikert

Another aspect of the film which stands out is the mysterious Pamela who reappears throughout, intriguing the viewer as to her true origin.

"Fascinating... but missing a lack of flavour to the overall plot"

While a clear sub-plot interest, the true origin is never fully explained and the character constantly reappearing in scenes, then disappearing and coming again when not needed, just makes the overall story even more complex - and not in a compelling way.

Even if Pamela's character adds some mystery to the plot, the confusing dialogue and misplaced scenes just make her character seem 'filler'.

In the final edit, several scenes had some production issues relating to audio. There are instances where some scenes were extremely loud out of nowhere. An example is in one of the reappearing TV adverts, where Benji Marks (Andy Rich) is drilling the victim in the chair; the extreme, unnecessary sound leads to the point of having to quickly turn the TV down.

One time is understandable, but this repeats again where parts of the extreme audio impact watching the film; when Renn and Carol are talking while scenes of the protest. This further leads to having to quickly turn the TV down again and makes starts to make the film slightly unwatchable.

Nevertheless, the deeper meaning within the film of exploring a killer's mental health is fascinating to watch unravel, but what's missing is a lack of flavour to the overall plot, in terms of consistency.

The idea behind a rust belt killer driven by his own insanity is a great idea, yet in this instance it's poorly executed in the final edit.

This film has incredible amounts of potential, with the story reminiscing a true classic horror. However, the lack of overall story structure ultimately lets the film down.

Rating: 4/10

Rust Belt Driller has featured as part of the Dances with Films Festival.