Produced by David J Phillips and Douglas Spain and directed by April Mullen.
BADSVILLE is a Rockabilly-tinted crime drama where Wink (Ian McLaren) the leader of a greaser gang decides to leave the life and the town behind for good when he falls in love with Suzy (Tamara Duarte). As it usually goes for criminals who try to retire from "the life" they often find themselves drawn deeper by the unsavory members of the local criminal underworld who still want a piece of him and the harrowing situations that arise when involved in gang violence.
BADSVILLE is harrowing and raw in its depiction of gang-life in a dead-end town where the prospects of a life well-lived are low. But it's also darkly romantic at heart and brimming with moments of human levity. Mullen's direction fully immerse us in the setting by turning the town of Badsville into a character of its own; a living entity that won't allow Wink to ride into the sunset and live happily ever after. Wink, as played by McLaren, is a noble brute capable of violence in the name of his gang, but also possesses a kind heart and noble spirit. McLaren lets us see the vulnerability in Wink and the repressed intelligence bellow his rough surface.
BADSVILLE is a gritty crime tale about the hopes of a gang leader that knows he could be so much more if he had not been born in the town that will try to kill him and his dreams. Mullen's film reminds us of Coppola's "Rumble Fish" and "The Outsiders" by becoming a worthy entry in the gang sub-genre of crime films.
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