Home invasion and the perps are waiting for your kid to come home for some revenge – what do you do?  That’s what is facing the proud parents in the new to DVD thriller "Cherry Tree Lane" out now from Image Home Entertainment.  Review of the life saving options below. 




   Title: "Cherry Tree Lane"

   Grade: 2 1/2

   Cast: Rachael Blake, Tom Butcher, Jumayn Hunter

   Director: Paul Andrew Williams

   Rating: Not Rated

   Runtime: 77 minutes

   Release Company: Image Home Entertainment

   Website: www.watchimage.com


The Flick: Good news – Director Paul Andrew Williams certainly proves he's the master of the build up.  Meaning the first part of "Cherry Tree Lane" where a peaceful household goes from quiet to crazy in a twisted home invasion is quite effective indeed.  (Especially "Attack the Block’s" Jumayn Hunter!)  I would even put Williams on par with the likes of Wes Craven for "Last House on the Left" and Michael Haneke for "Funny Games," as he does create one sinister environment that has you itching to see the inevitable reversal.  Bad News – William’s second half (aka the reversal) is a seriously short, unsatisfying and utterly disappointing display that’s hardly worth the wait.  It’s as if he spent so much time making evil nuanced work up front and then simply ran out of time – thus the cherry juice from this tree is hardly worth the squeeze.

Best Feature: Again not one damn feature. (Is this a new thing for Image Entertainment?!)

Best Hidden Gem: Did love the sick quiet menace of a pot boiling previously mentioned Jumayn Hunter – he’s got the scary going on!

Worth the Moola: Don’t really know if this can be recommended.  A good opening but lame ending – can a flick be turned off half way?