All God's Creatures

If you are the squeamish sort and prefer Disney to Dracula, All God’s Creatures is probably not your cup of tea, or blood in this case; this is a horror film, no doubt about it.  However, it is also a horror film that has depth and even insight, with enough plot twists to make it original and ultimately compelling.

Directed by Ryan Cummings and Frank Licata, All God’s Creatures is a showcase for the unarguable talent of those two enthusiasts of the genre.  The film was directed by Ryan Charles and Frank Licata and written and produced by Josh Folan, who is also the star; you’ve probably seen him before if you are a fan of American soaps like  All My Children or As the World Turns, but he’s a quite different character here.

In this film Josh is Jon Smith, a clean cut barista at a Starbucks-style New York cafe in the daytime, and a dedicated murderer of available women at night.  He has a rationale for this pastime, of course, and it is revealed in his interior dialogue, where he explains to himself and the audience that women are evil, not to be trusted and ought to be killed, and he’s the man for the job.

Jon is utterly remorseless; he shows no feeling in his savage attacks and even keeps souvenirs from his victims.  Then he meets Delia (Jessica Kaye) and somehow she gets to him to the extent that he not only refrains from killing her but experiences a major crack in his killer persona.

Jessica may be the saving grace of both Jon and the film; she is outstanding as the prostitute with a background of abuse and a natural beauty that shines through whether she’s made up to the max or in complete dishabille.

As well as an unusually ‘good’ horror flick, All God’s Creatures is a character study of two dysfunctional humans who may be able to save both themselves and each other.