The Bad Man – USA, 2018: now with reviews

‘How long can you hold onto your humanity?’

The Bad Man is a 2018 American horror film written and directed by Scott Schirmer (Plank Face; Found). The movie stars Ellie Church, Jason Crowe, and Arthur Cullipher.


A young couple, Mary (Ellie Church) and PJ (Jason Crowe), are kidnapped in their own home by a sadistic clown (Arthur Cullipher) who wants to break their spirits and sell them into servitude to a cult of wealthy deviants. Mary holds onto her humanity through trial after trial, desperately looking for a way to escape her torment and rescue PJ from his own madness…


“Scott is no stranger to sex and violence, having created Plank Face and Harvest Lake, but something truly sinister lies within The Bad Man.  Like he was able to tap into a vein of untainted psychological and sexual malice.  Adding an additional layer of unease felt throughout is the eclectic, thoughtful score Justin Burning delivers.” Morbidly Beautiful

“Keeping much the violence off-screen, even in the final act takes away some of the impact, one death in particular really needed to be shown and wasn’t. Also, the interview/flashback style of the film hurt it for me. It spoils a lot of a film’s suspense right from the start. But then again, shock and suspense may not have been the aim here.” Jim Morazzini, Voices from the Balcony

Cast and characters:

  • Ellie Church … Mary / The Doll – Skeletons in the ClosetFrankenstein Created Bikers; Harvest Lake; Mania; Headless; et al
  • Jason Crowe … PJ / The Dog – Hooker with a Hacksaw; Cannibal Cop; Volumes of Blood; The Zombie MovieKill, Granny, Kill!
  • Arthur Cullipher … The Clown
  • Brian Papandrea
  • Dave Parker … The Henchman
  • David Hancock

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