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Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word (2016)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 21 April 2017 (Poland)
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When a young man is executed for committing murder, he leaves behind a curse letter, promising vengeance for all those connected to his unfair trial.

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Simon Rumley

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Ben Ketai (screenplay), Tony Giglio (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sean Patrick Flanery ... Danny Hill
Erin Cummings ... Lara Redman
Mike Doyle ... Adam Redman
Mike Gassaway ... Harold Pinkman
Sue Rock ... Harmony
Cassie Shea Watson ... Kathy Jones
Holt Boggs ... Impassioned Man
Jon Michael Davis ... Doctor Andrews
Gregory Fountain ... Amarillo Police Officer
Julia Lashae ... Juror #3
Dodge Prince ... Sam
Chip Joslin ... Attendant
Devin Bonnée ... Johnny Frank Garrett
Bill Stinchcomb ... Prison Guard
Allyn Carrell ... Novella Sumner
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When a young man is executed for committing murder, he leaves behind a curse letter, promising vengeance for all those connected to his unfair trial.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 2017 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Word See more »

Filming Locations:

Shreveport, Louisiana, USA

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A7SLE Films, Boss Media See more »
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2.35 : 1
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West Coast Premiere - 2016 San Diego Film Festival - Sept. 30, 2016. See more »

Crazy Credits

After the last scene a title card names those with connections to the case who died under mysterious circumstances. See more »

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Referenced in Frightfest 2016: In Conversation With (2016) See more »

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Horror or Extreme Drama?
10 March 2017 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

According to the prosecution, on the morning of October 31, 1981, Johnny Frank Garrett raped, strangled, and killed 76-year-old Sister Tadea Benz in the St. Francis Convent of Amarillo, Texas. This film asks: what if he was innocent, and what is he was able to affect his accusers from beyond the grave?

The concept behind this film is an interesting one. The case is real, and was the subject of a documentary from director Jesse Quackenbush. What the writers did here was take the documentary as inspiration and a jumping-off point, and in the process gave the ghost of Garrett a voice.

For genre fans, the first thing that will be obvious is the inclusion of a few choice names. We have an ambitious district attorney played by Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock Saints). We have director Simon Rumley, who shocked viewers with "P is for Pressure". Perhaps most interesting, though, is the composer: Simon Boswell, a prolific musician who got his start with movies thanks to Dario Argento.

Rumley came on board with the script already written, but he was a wise choice if the producers wanted someone to put their own stamp on the material. Rumley prefers to see his work as "extreme drama" rather than horror, and this project gives him plenty of opportunity for social commentary: the Texas death penalty, a miscarriage of justice, strong religious overtones… there is a message under the veneer of a revenge story.

Some critics have complained of "schlocky, bad acting", and Curt McCarl specifically said it's "shameful that an opportunity to tell an honest story was wasted on this schlock." Yes, multiple reviews have used the word schlock. And, sure, some of the acting is a bit over-the-top. But the film has a style all its own and some practical touches (including the lethal injection needle and the teacher's makeup) that should be applauded for their authenticity. Even the effort to get 90s-era computers and whatnot was probably no small task.

"Last Word" is not going to be the must-see horror film of 2017, but it certainly has its merits and is worth a look. If nothing else, it might bring increased attention to the documentary and original court case. And with Simon Rumley being a rising star, it never hurts to get acquainted with his work now (if you haven't already).


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