Tone-Deaf – USA, 2019

Tone-Deaf is a 2019 American horror feature film written and directed by Richard Bates Jr. (Trash Fire; Suburban Gothic; Excision). The Best Medicine Productions- Circle of Confusion movie stars Amanda Crew, Robert Patrick, AnnaLynne McCord and Kim Delaney.

Plot:

After losing her job and imploding her latest dysfunctional relationship, Olive (Amanda Crew) wonders if she’s dealing with typical millennial angst or something more disastrous. Deciding it’s time for a change, Olive leaves her apartment in the city for a relaxing weekend in the country.

She rents a house from Harvey (Robert Patrick), an old-fashioned widower who’s struggling to hide his psychopathic tendencies. Olive was hoping for a therapeutic trip to resolve her emotional problems, but her focus soon shifts to survival…

Tone-Def has its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, on March 10, 2019. In the meantime, Saban Films has announced that they have acquired North American distribution rights.

Reviews:

“The tone of the film is all over the place. It feels like tiny 15-minute chunks from entirely different movies pieced together at random times, as you never know exactly what the film is trying to say or how you’re supposed to react. If you don’t like what you’re seeing on screen, just wait a little longer and it will change into a different film.” Rafael Motomayor, Dread Central

“Despite some decent work by Crew and Patrick, and Bates’ strong eye as a director, it’s all over the map—sometimes asking us to laugh at Patrick’s insanity and sometimes asking us to be scared of it. Gender commentary, class commentary, slasher horror, broad comedy, even family drama—none of the several films buried within “Tone-Deaf” work.” Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

“The film is competently made, the acting is perfectly fine if appropriately arched for the content, and it will likely find a home with a genre distributor without too much trouble. However, knowing what I know about Ricky Bates’ talent and ability to take these concepts and deliver a thesis without going to such extremes to make sure the audience is in on the joke, I was sorely disappointed.” J Hurtado, Screen Anarchy

” …the film overestimates its wit, with too much emphasis on dialogue for even a jokey genre-hybrid film. The satire of a bitchy, shallow Millennial and a curmudgeonly, conservative boomer itself comes off tritely misanthropic, cornering the actors into strenuous one-dimensional turns that aren’t nearly as entertaining as intended.” Dennis Harvey, Variety

Cast and characters:

  • Amanda Crew … Olive – Isabelle; FreaksThe Haunting in Connecticut
  • Robert Patrick … Harvey – Skeletons in the Closet; Eloise; AutopsyTerminator 2: Judgment Day; et al
  • AnnaLynne McCord … TBC
  • Kim Delaney … Crystal
  • Keisha Castle-Hughes … Wyatt
  • Ray Wise … Michael – Halloweed; Night of the Living Deb; Dead Still; Big Ass Spider!; Dead End; et al
  • Hayley Marie Norman … Lenore
  • Nelson Franklin … York
  • Johnny Pemberton … Uriah
  • Ray Santiago … Asher
  • Tate Ellington
  • Ronnie Gene Blevins … David
  • Nancy Linehan Charles … Agnes
  • Danny Ramirez … Rodrigo
  • Pia Shah … Riki
  • Christian Calloway … Abraham
  • Dianna Miranda … Mona
  • Shane Brady … Ethan
  • Gigi Zumbado … Frankie
  • Heidi Kaufman … Edith
  • Scott Douglas MacLachlan … Bar patron
  • Alec Van Bibber … Junkie
  • Hailey Harris … Orange Juice Girl
  • Gina Brown … Recital Attendee
  • Stacey Machelle … Kayla

Image credits: Lightning Entertainment / Alex Worman

Related:

Trash Fire – USA, 2016

Suburban Gothic – USA, 2014

Excision – USA, 2012

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