Revenge In Kind
Revenge In Kind is an American thriller feature film produced by Pono Productions], LLC. The film was shot in 2016 in Dallas, Texas and released in December 2017 via video on demand and on DVD and Blu-Ray. Film-maker K.C. Bailey was the screenplay writer, producer, and post-production director. Revenge In Kind was directed by Roger Lindley and produced by Angel Vasquez. Leading roles were played by Chad Halbrook, Sasha Higgins, Chester Gayao, Abel Becerra, Amanda Erickson, and Tom Heard. Original score was by Kays Al-Atrakchi. Sound design was by Johnny Marshall and editing by Charles E. Willis. Production design was by D.R. Garrett and the cinematographer was Terra Gutmann-Gonzalez. The Revenge In Kind trailer and poster were by Wheelhouse Creative.
Revenge In Kind is a detective procedural that explores the grey area when victim becomes victimizer and how morality judgments change depending on the experiences of the individual. Although the movie's production preceded the #MeToo Movement, its theme is consonant with the phenomenon: the central character has reached the breaking point in tolerating sexual abuse and takes it upon herself to mete out justice.
George Lehman, a serial rapist/murderer, evades capture by meticulously leaving no forensic evidence and changing towns if he feels any heat. He's recently arrived in Dallas, where he kills Maria De La Cruz. Detectives Chris Coxon and Sam Kang are clueless as they seek to solve Maria's murder. Coxon, an unmarried ladies' man, decides to consult with police psychologist Sarah Scott for insights. As they work the case, they become romantically involved. Meanwhile, yet another sex crime occurs, this time involving the murder and mutilation of a male, who is himself a known sex criminal. The audience is aware of both killers' identities, the literary device of foreshadowing. The mutilation crime was committed by Sarah Scott, who has had enough of rapists getting away with their crimes and is meting out justice on her own. And she is now on the hunt for Lehman. But she must mislead Coxon and Kang to avoid her own capture. Yet she makes several missteps that raise Coxon's suspicions. When he confronts Scott, she confirms her guilt, but is unrepentant. Coxon, who strongly believes in enforcement of the law, now grapples with prosecuting the woman with whom he's fallen in love. Kang learns of the quandary and urges Coxon to let Scott go, arguing that she's stepped in only when justice has failed. Before Coxon can resolve his dilemma, Scott kills Lehman and is herself mortally wounded in the fight. She dies in Coxon's arms.
Sasha Higgins as Sarah Scott
Chad Halbrook as Chris Coxon
Chester Gayao as Sam Kang
Abel Becerra as Raul Garcia
Amanda Erickson as Marilyn Cummins
Tom Heard as George Lehman
Ada Perez as Maria De La Cruz
Matt Bailey as Mark Mannon
Mindy Neuendorff as Judy Wallace
Melissa Henderson as Gina
Tony Herbert as Bruce Brown
Guinn Powell as Chief Conrad
Sophia Knolton as June
Jesse Cole as Buddy
Amin Hafsi as Romeo Lombardi
Stephen Crandall as Attorney Thornton
Michelle Mays as Cecilia
Jim Anderson as Gun Store Clerk
Paul Taylor as Tim
The idea for Revenge In Kind was conceived when K.C. Bailey left the room, unable to watch a scene in a film that involved a scene in which a woman was being attacked. When Bailey returned, she asked her husband why there seemed to be no films featuring a woman who fights back and gets even. He responded, "Well, why don't you write that screenplay." So she did. When it was completed, she sent it to her cousin, a screenwriter, Frederick Bailey, for comment. He suggested she contact Angel Vasquez for a top sheet to estimate the costs of production. Vasquez later teamed with K.C. Bailey to produce the film.
After Roger Lindley was hired to direct the production, he and K.C. Bailey cast the film. Vasquez set up a casting call to audition as many Texas-based actors as possible. Lindley and Bailey agreed that both of them had to support the casting choices or they'd continue their search. Most roles were successfully filled with Texas-based actors, with only three being chosen from out-of-state.
Kays Al-Atrakchi was K.C. Bailey's first choice to score the film. Among the pieces Al-Atrakchi composed was music to lyrics Bailey wrote for a song, Can You See Your Way, designed to give voice to the character Chris Coxon's emotions. The song was sung for the movie by Andrew Capra. In addition to the score, Bailey and Al-Atrakchi worked to include diverse music from a variety of artists as source music. The source music includes Mariachi, blues, country & western, classical, and Hawaiian.
A review by Cinapse noted, "For fans of grindhouse and exploitation films, Revenge in Kind offers a small indie version of those genres. Filmmaker KC Bailey and director Roger Lindley have woven together a dark tale about the menace of modern life." A review by Buzz Magazine in ''The Daily Illini'', which ranked the movie as four stars out of five, said, "Role reversal is central to the film. Victims become victimizers, and perpetrators are perpetrated. Fans of Quentin Tarantino will quickly identify with other revenge films like ''Inglorious Bastards'' and ''Death Proof''. But unlike Tarantino’s style, Revenge in Kind does not present bloody carnage just for the fun of it. The violence in the film is raw, necessary."
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- Rod Machen, https://cinapse.co/revenge-in-kind-murder-in-big-d-70f7dc0904cf, Cineapse, February 2, 2018.
- Mark Toledano, http://readbuzz.com/2018/04/19/revenge-in-kind-turns-a-critical-eye-to-hot-topics/, Buzz Magazine, April 19, 2018.