Aren’t you supposed to cringe in terror watching a horror movie? “Bad Ben Benign” is the ninth film in the Bad Ben Series. I come to it initially with installment 9 so I may be missing some deep contextual concept. But on the other hand as a newbie I may bring a fresh and unbiased perspective.
I don’t think you’ll be cringing in terror while watching this film. You’ll meet Tom Riley who is not terrorized by ghouls and demons but refreshingly treats them as annoyances. He would rather drink pickle juice and eat a newly opened bag of potato chips than chase around ghosts in his house. In fact he is a cantankerous and overweight human. It is this a reality horror show! I like Tom as a far less perfect character. His somewhat bumbling and fearless attitude makes him a horror anti-hero. In closer analysis the film verges on comedy with the audience waiting for some big horror moments which never come except for the last few moments of the film which put any of the out of place items throughout the house make sense. One wonders is Tom a new ghost in town?
The film will be released on October 26th on iTunes/Apple TV, Google Play Xbox, VUDU, DVD and through some local cable and satellite providers. This American film is work of director Nigel Bach who faced years of rejection from producers and finally decided to go out on his own and like Frank Sinatra did it his way! You don’t go and create 9 installments without having success. I am looking forward to #10 already. Nigel Bach renders an immaculate performance as a very likeable and human Tom Riley.
You can catch the trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNU7L9t96-8