Written & Directed by Kevin Barker
Starring: Brad Dourif, Spencer Daniels, and Alexia Fast
17-year-old Eli has just moved with his family deep into the backwoods of Kentucky to work on the isolated farm of a local recluse. Inexplicably drawn into the strange forest that lies beyond the farm, Eli encounters the beautiful, sweet and mysterious Amanda.
Last Kind Words isn’t bringing any new ideas to the table, but it is a decent ghost story with a nice twist at the end. Ghost stories aren’t exactly setting the world on fire; it’s a classic, but done to death genre that rarely gets new updates to keep it fresh. I wouldn’t call this film a trope-buster by any means, but the sum of its parts deliver a clever story that’s beautiful to look at. Combine that with some above average acting at times, film it in my backyard, and I’m sold. I should warn that while this film has a lot of horror elements, in the end, it’s a southern-Gothic tale of tragedy and love. The supernatural side helps to even things out and adds welcome layers to Kevin Barker’s beautifully filmed Kentucky tale of discontent teens and historical trauma.
Last Kind Words relies on some typical fodder like misguided religious zeal, an abusive father figure, a complacent mother, alcoholism, and dark history to paint a tale of sorrow in the beautiful woods of Hudson, KY. The cinematography is excellent, painting a familiar picture of my Bluegrass state. It implies a sense of isolation from filming on the old country home that also serves as a wellspring of historic trauma and injustice. You’ll find no drawn out CG moments in this film, just earnest movie making that’s extremely effective at times. You can find this on Amazon VOD. Give it a shot if you like late summer in Kentucky, The sights and sounds are very authentic – worth the 4 bucks.