As the old adage goes, some people just never learn. I guess I deserve to be included in the ‘unlearned’ category, because I keep giving Asylum films a chance. And (surprise, surprise), I keep getting burned. Despite the success of its SHARKNADO franchise and the hit TV show Z NATION, The Asylum cannot seem to replicate a winning formula for entertainment. LITTLE DEAD ROTTING HOOD continues this tradition of non-excellence, and even though I really wanted to like it, I’d really prefer to have the 90 minutes back I spent watching it.
If you are not familiar with LITTLE DEAD ROTTING HOOD, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Cinedigm:
The residents of a small town discover that something more sinister than killer wolves is lurking in the backwoods: first the wolves start turning up dead…then people.
The concept, or rather the concept that was pitched in the press release, has a lot of potential. It said, “Something sinister is lurking in the woods, and the residents of the small town nearby are falling victim to its bloodlust. When the town sheriff discovers that the wolves inhabiting the nearby forest are getting more aggressive and even deadly, he soon uncovers a danger beyond his imagination.” THIS is the movie I wanted to see…but instead, I got something else. The resulting product is an uninteresting film that makes no sense and offers little in entertainment value.
LITTLE DEAD ROTTING HOOD is actually shot well and does a good job of capturing the small-town atmosphere the script strives for. The scenery is lush and beautiful, and the location on which the film is shot looks very nice. Unfortunately, this is where the positives end.
The acting is very sub-par, even for “veterans” of the screen like Eric Balfour and Patrick Muldoon. The dialogue is clunky, and therefore the cast delivers their lines as if angry or sometimes confused.
And speaking of confusing, that brings us to the storyline of LITTLE DEAD ROTTING HOOD. The film tries to bring forth ideas and mesh them into a cohesive plot, but it fails…big time. The story has huge holes in it, and nothing is explained. There’s even a big “twist” towards the end that is surprising, yes, but also makes no sense. I don’t want to get into specifics for any of this in the event you decide to see this movie for yourself.
I wish I could say this movie is so bad that it’s good, but I would be lying if I did. Other than a decent cinematography job, the film contains no other redeeming value. As a result, I cannot recommend this one with a clear conscious.