Hate Crime (Tommy Stovall). 104 minutes. A Paradox release. For venues and times, see Movies, page 92. Rating: NN Rating: NN
Two nice young gay men ( Seth Peterson , Brian J. Smith) in the Dallas suburbs are planning a commitment ceremony, so they're happy if a little nervous. But the creepy, beady-eyed, brush-cut Baptist guy ( Chad Donella ) who moves in next door just smells like trouble - and probably Old Spice.
When one of the young men turns up dead, the other insists that it's the neighbour, and we'd all agree with him if he weren't such a flaming red herring. He's so obviously the bad guy that it must be someone else, and the cast is so small that it's pretty easy to figure out the real culprit.
Ultra low-budget and rather slow-moving - I suspect the Law & Order crew could have been through this one by lunch - Hate Crime does feature a strikingly good supporting cast. Giancarlo Esposito , Bruce Davison and Farrelly Brothers regular Lin Shaye all contribute memorably.
At the same time, I have to note that American movies too often present revenge as an appropriate response to grief.
The really interesting story here starts at the very end of movie and is abandoned, no doubt for the sake of a sequel.