I had never heard of CHERRY TREE LANE until I got it in the mail a while back, but the DVD cover immediately piqued my curiosity. And I have to say: the cover art definitely does the film justice. Image Entertainment has a reputation for putting out some excellent horror, and this film is no exception. This film is brutal and uncompromising, a true jaunt into suburban horror.
If you are not familiar with CHERRY TREE LANE, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Image Entertainment:
A young family is pushed to the very edge of terror and brutality in Paul Andrew Williams’ horror-thriller, CHERRY TREE LANE. Mike, Christine, and their son Sebastian have always felt safe in their peaceful suburban neighborhood, but a savage home invasion changes everything, pushing the family into a hellish fight for survival. As their nightmare unfolds, they learn the shocking cruelty that strangers can inflict…and what they’ll have to do to save themselves.
This film is a lot of fun but it is intense and sometimes disturbing to watch. While a lot of the violence is implied, there’s still enough of it to get the point across and then some. But if you can get past it, there’s a lot of entertainment to be had.
CHERRY TREE LANE is a complex mix of psychological and physical torment. I have to commend filmmaker Paul Andrew Williams on his ability to combine both into a crafty albeit fierce presentation. The result is a taut, unrefined journey.
This film is shot well and the acting is actually impressive. I have to be honest and admit I wasn’t expecting much after seeing the first few opening scenes. But when the movie picks up, so does the quality of the characters. I enjoyed seeing the whole cast onscreen and will be looking for them in future projects.
The special effects in CHERRY TREE LANE are good, although there’s not really much gore to speak of; we get to see blood and what-not, but I was looking for more carnage. This in no way detracts from the film, but I do feel it’s worth mentioning to the gore-hounds who read my reviews.
Although this film doesn’t break any new ground as far as storyline goes, it is engaging and a great way to spend 77 minutes. Fans of revenge flicks will definitely want to give this one a look, as well as those who simply enjoy horror. The film is already on store shelves, so give it a look.