I caught the Fantasia Film Festival‘s world premiere of For the Sake of Vicious (IMDb) last night.  Because of the pandemic, the festival has moved online and I was able to watch the carnage unfold in the safety of my own home.

This motion picture is an intense, brutally violent thriller from directors Gabriel Carrer (The Demolisher, Death on Scenic Drive) and Reese Eveneshen (Dead Genesis, Defective). For all of the lean 80-minute runtime, I could not take my eyes off the screen.

For the Sake of Vicious takes me back to John Carpenter‘s “Assault on Precinct 13” and “Halloween” — only more savage in its violence. An edge-of-your-seat thriller that explores issues of vigilante justice, economic disparity, and social power dynamics. 


Gabriel Carrer’s music sets the tone for this potent picture. The music throbs and pulsates with ominous ferocity. It’s unrelenting, even in the quiet moments. It can’t help but evoke John Carpenter.

The score is available to review and purchase from Carrer’s Bandcamp page.

Fantasia Film Festival’s Filmmaker Q&A

After the world premiere at Fantasia, Justin Langlois moderated a Q&A with key crew and cast:


Here are some of the reviews from last night’s world premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival:

Fantasia 2020 review: ‘For the Sake of Vicious’ is 80 minutes of pure brutality

FANTASIA FEST: ‘For The Sake of Vicious’ is the best home invasion film in years

FOR THE SAKE OF VICIOUS is a kick-your-teeth-in thriller for FF festival 2020 closing weekend

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