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Burning Bright (2010)


August 28, 2010 - 6:35pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: Briana Evigan, burning bright, Carlos Brooks, DVD, Garret Dillahunt, Ravenous, suspense, tiger

Your rating: None Average: 6.8 (5 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
6
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Rating #: 
6/10
Director: 
Carlos Brooks
Cast: 
Briana Evigan, Garret Dillahunt, Charlie Tahan, Mary Rachel Dudley, Peggy Sheffield


A young woman (Briana Evigan) and her autistic little brother are trapped inside their boarded up home during a hurricane, and the only other company they have is an F'n murderous Bengal tiger! That's the basic premise for Burning Bright, and as ludicrous as it sounds, the film itself is actually fairly decent, especially for a straight-to-DVD effort.

The movie manages to deliver a good amount of suspense, especially in the beginning of the ordeal, but one-too-many coincidences that extend the life of the woman and her brother when facing the tiger hurt the pic a little, but then again we wouldn't have a full length feature if they died off too early, now would we?

The fact that Briana's character has to not only deal with the flesh-hungry tiger, but also her autistic brother, who doesn't quite understand the predicament he's in, makes things more challenging than they already are and adds to the silly, but intriguing situation.

There's also actor Garret Dillahunt playing the slimy step-father, who's the whole reason for the tiger being in the house in the first place, as he hopes to start up a small local exotic zoo, or so it would seem.. The tiger makes for a good villain and the filmmakers luckily opted to use the real thing throughout most of the flick (minus a couple cheesy, but quick CG sequences).

Plot-holes aside, Burning Bright is a surprisingly decent straight-to-DVD flick, despite its ridiculous premise. Thanks to the intriguing situation our leads find themselves in, the use of an uncommon foe, and given a good amount of suspense, this all equals to a film that stands out in the long line of crap in the straight-to-DVD market. Not a bad effort, and worthy of a rent.

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