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SXSW 2022: ‘Bitch Ass’ Doesn’t Take Itself Too Seriously and That is Part of the Charm

Bitch Ass SXSW
Credit: Shane Brown // SXSW Press

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“Do you wanna play a game?” Sound familiar? If it does and you are a fan, then you will love ‘Bitch Ass.’ Directed by Bill Posely, ‘Bitch Ass’ is about a gang initiation gone terribly wrong when new recruits break into the game house of cinema’s first masked black serial killer. In the 1980’s young Cecil was bullied by the 6th street gang for being fat, shy and always playing board games. Twenty years later the leader of the 6th street gang and Cecil’s childhood bully get a taste of what Cecil has become all of these years later.

We’re introduced to the teens going through the initiation. Tuck (Kelsey Caesar), Moo (A-F-R-O), Cricket (Belle Guillroy) and Q played by Teon Kelley. In order to become part of the 6th Street Gang they have to break into a house on 666 night. The urban legend goes, on 666 night the black masked serial killer is on the hunt looking for victims. Unbeknownst to the teens, the house belongs to Cecil/ Bitch Ass and his grandmother.

In the flashbacks of young Cecil we get glimpses of what it was like growing up with his grandmother. A religious fanatic, Cecil would be shamed and beaten for anything that wasn’t godly. His upbringing was the source of his bullying. He was misunderstood and different so he was an easy target. Spade (Sheaun McKinney), leader of the 6th Street gang is relentless in his abuse and bullying towards Cecil in their youth. This film is as much about bullying and the devastating effects it has on people as it is about the blood and gore. Q, one of the recruits has dreams of going to college and becoming a doctor. He doesn’t really fit in with the other crew members but he shows up on 666 night to break into the home. As his friends ruthlessly meet Bitch Ass one by one, Q starts to discover who Bitch Ass is and the ties he has to Spade and Q’s mother.

Cecil, played by Tunde Laleye turns the entire house into a board game from hell. Each game is more gruesome than the next. A literal house of horrors. Some childhood favorites make their way onto screen from Operation to Connect Four and Battleship. Ask yourself, “How good were you at these games when you were younger?” Now are you confident enough to play those games if losing meant your life? Even an innocent game of Rock, Paper, Scissors can turn deadly.

‘Bitch Ass’ doesn’t take itself seriously and that is part of the charm. It’s intense, funny and gory. Set up like a ‘Tales from Crypt’ episode, Tony Todd, the narrator will give any horror fan a jolt of nostalgia and excitement. Be not the lookout for Bitch Ass at the end of this year. If you are looking for a new refreshing tap of scary movie this is it. It’s a fun ride that won’t disappoint.

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