The haunting premise of this movie, the death and supposed unlikely return of a loathed and evil grandmother, is an interesting one. Forris Day JR does a credible job as Geno McGee, a hack reporter with the Springfield Herald Newspaper. He takes us on a roller coaster journey that as it evolves, reveals several layers of intrigue; the violent deaths of several extended family members and a reunion with an estranged grandfather that serves to add context and scope on just who Phyliss McGee was to those once closest to her.
The array of characters in this film are varied; from Gerald Carmichael (Tim Pieciak), McGee’s over-the-top boss and abusive Chief Editor, Detective Dwyer (Brent Northup), the intent investigator tasked with putting the increasingly suggestive pieces of the puzzle together, to Gary Vershon (Alex Pierpaoli), a veritable powder keg of laughable backwoods volatility.
The farther we are taken down the beaten back path in this film the more it seems that the walls are closing in on McGee, and along the way we learn that there are several that harbor disdain and motive towards our protagonist.
As the body count increases, certain assumed aspects of the murders suggest the impossible, and it is precisely at this point in the tale that we are suddenly taken down and unexpected and chilling path. Complex in its simplicity and effectively terrifying in its delivery, Family Secret hits the mark for those looking for fright a level or two beyond the obvious. This is a film that needs to be seen to be fully appreciated and at the very core, it is a fun worthwhile labor of love by those that obviously have an affinity and appreciation for the genre.
I highly recommend it.