Hey folks, Jesse here, I just watched a really weird horror movie called, Residue. It was a combination of film noir detective story, comedy, and Lovecraftian nightmare. It was creepy at times but also had some pretty well-used sight gags that kept me laughing while still horrified. I was a bit reminded of movies like Re-animator and From Beyond. I had a few problems with the film but I’ll get into that in a bit. For the most part, though I really enjoyed it. Want to hear more about it? Ok. Let’s talk about the movie.
The movie takes place in a not distant future. It centers around Luke, a private detective. Like a lot of stories about private detectives, Luke is a bit of a loser. He’s not very successful at life and even the private eye stuff isn’t working out that great. He mostly works for a shady guy named Mr. Fairweather.
Mr. Fairweather is played by character actor Matt Frewer, who I hadn’t seen in a movie in awhile but he still knows how to steal a scene. His character remains memorable throughout the movie, although part of it is voiceover due to having his head being blown off. Needless to say, Luke gets wrapped up in some bad business when he is supposed to deliver a mysterious book for Mr. Fairweather. A rival mobster comes looking for the book and upon finding out Fairweather doesn’t have it proceeds to… you guessed it… blow half his head off. Meanwhile, the delivery of the book has gone horribly wrong and Luke rushes home with the strange book everyone is going crazy over.
The movie takes a turn here. Luke receives a call from Mr. Fairweather. He explains some of the mystery of the book and tells him he has to read the entire book. Luke is, of course, full of questions but the voice on the other line only gives confusing answers. When it cuts to Mr. Fairweather on the other line all you see is a partial head holding the phone up to its half a jaw. It’s humorous in a way but it’s a gory sight. It works well as a set up into the Lovecraft like tones.
Suddenly this book represents something otherworldly. This is truer by that fact that it has stuck itself to Luke’s table with a black residue. He sits down to read the book and records his thoughts while reading. His phone suddenly beeps that the memory is low and he has been recording for hours what he thought were only minutes. He checks the recording to see himself in various states he can’t remember while reading. Later after finding out how far he is into the book, Mr. Lamont, the rival mobster decides to see if he can finish the story.
I’ll let you discover that for yourself when you check out the movie because I would end up spoiling all the fun. Residue keeps up a steady pace with some pretty gruesome and hilarious scenes. I liked the cinematography and it reminded me a little of early 90s cinema. Even the opening credits give that vibe. There were some cool shots and certain things took on a noir feel. I think this part fell flat. Mostly because of the narration the lead actor did. He was the weakest part of the movie for me. Not because his acting was bad but I feel like he didn’t fit the character type. Without the voice over I would have maybe liked him more. It felt like his “gumshoe” voice was maybe overly rehearsed.
The music and score added to the movie a certain noir feel as well. It was fitting and sometimes had a 90’s sound. I guess it’s more like a 2017’s version of what 90’s inspired noir music sounds like. Does that make sense? Hopefully, I don’t think I can explain it much better. There were some cool sound effects here and there too. Otherworldly creatures eventually appear and they have great little disturbing insect sounds. It’s nothing new but works great for the movie.
The special effects are the practical kind. No CGI here which is good because it’s one of the things I liked most. The movie was pretty bloody along with having different creatures and monsters. The creature effects remind me a lot of Lovecraftian horrors as I mentioned. Lots of tentacles and weird eyeballs. I talked about the Re-animator movies and From Beyond earlier because if you like those movies you should definitely give this movie a watch. If talking bloody head stumps and man-eating tentacle monsters are your thing then you’ll be in the right place.
Well, that’s it for that. Go check out Residue streaming on Netflix. It’s great for any fan of horror and it’s good for some laughs. I enjoyed this one and I think I might like it more after another viewing. Stick around because I’ve got some more movies to watch and I want to tell you about those ones too.