Phoenix Film Festival Review: Billy Club

Phoenix Film Festival Review: Billy Club

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Batter up! Ok, I just keep using that phrase because it’s baseball-related, and I don’t necessarily know all that much about baseball. Probably just enough to be dangerous. But, apparently that’s all it takes in this movie.

Billy Club is about a group of now adults that grew up together playing baseball in Little League. Their Little League experience turned traumatic after one of the players winds up in a mental hospital after killing two other players and the coach. Years later, four players meet back up in the town they’re all from and decide to have a memorial on the fifteenth anniversary. They visit their old coach’s cabin, and tragedy strikes as they learn that the past is not necessarily all in the past.

This was a good classic horror film. It takes the Friday the 13th style killer and places him (or her? you never know until you know for sure!) into a baseball setting. The characters are well-developed, especially for a horror movie, and I hope it isn’t giving too much away to say that you even somewhat start to sympathize with the killer, which is unusual for a horror flick.

I wasn’t sure if I’d like this one, but I did. It’s worth checking out if you’re a horror buff. Good entertainment, and definitely adds to the variety of films I’m catching this weekend. I’m hoping some of these films will win awards tonight so I can point you to some to see next week. If you can, try to make it to at least one or two films before the Phoenix Film Festival closes on Thursday!