October 24th: Deadbeat at Dawn Following the murder of his girlfriend by members of a rival gang, former gang leader Goose goes on a quest for revenge and, ultimately, redemption. Not a horror movie but pretty horrific in its use of graphic violence and depiction of urban decay. I'd probably lump it with The Exterminator, Exterminator 2, and Vigilante in the way it shows the ugly underbelly of the big city. What sets Deadbeat apart, though, is that even though I felt kinda sympathetic towards our hero, Goose, who shows a gentle side towards his girlfriend, we also see him attack and murder individuals with no apparent ties to his gang war (simply because they have something he wants), selling drugs, and coming close to forcing himself on a woman. No doubt about it, Goose is damaged, and he's a dangerous individual. There is the forced perspective in that some of the other characters in the same environment are even more evil, but that doesn't really excuse Goose of some of the despicable acts he commits. I felt like Goose's girlfriend - I like him, but he's a fuck-up. As for the movie itself, I liked that as well - quite a bit, actually. It's seedy, energetic, and raw. There are some spirited action/stunt scenes, and the gore is pretty good: Spoiler In one scene, Goose imagines his dead girlfriend walking across the cemetery, her mutilated body wrapped in a bloody white cloth. When the cloth comes off, it's even worse. Good stuff - I'm just glad I don't know the kind of people this movie is about in real life.