Crazed, Offers A Throwback to Action Hero Films

Crazed Film Details

Original title; Fury: The Tales of Ronan Pierce Kevin A. McCarthy, Edward Payson Crazed

Director: Kevin A. McCarthy, Edward Payson

Writer:  Kevin A. McCarthy, Edward Payson

Release Date: October 4th, 2016 (VOD) November 11th (DVD)

Release Format: VOD, DVD

MPAA Rating:  N/A

Genre:  Action, Adventure, Horror

Running Time: 1h 38min


Inspired by our favorite dark & twisted graphic novels, CRAZED revolves around vigilante cop Ronan Pierce. He is fueled by a tragic past, and the recent abduction of his wife McKenzie has Ronan’s appetite for vengeance completely unbounded. Relentlessly searching for clues, Ronan systematically unchains his rage on a city full of psychopaths, gangs, corruption and the unrivaled evil-doings of the Luna Cartel. Responsible for both his daughter’s death and his wife’s abduction, the Luna Cartel enslaves thousands of young beautiful women from around the world and harvests organs from all of it’s other victims. Joined by his partner Rex and a young circus clown named Karina, Ronan ‘paints the town red’ in his search for bloody justice.


Cinephiles would make a parallel between Crazed and a certain Crime, Thriller released in 2005. While similarities to both films are evident,creative aesthetics are distinct. Crazed brings the concept of a graphic novel to the screen with epic proportions. The film pays homage to the tough guy action films of yesteryear. Fight scenes, shadowy villains and an impervious hero are compounds that support Crazed. Kevin A. McCarthy, Edward Payson Crazed


Crazed succeeded with the graphic novel visual approach. Presented in several scenes are eye-catching Illustrations.  Unlike the black, white and red color tone approach, renderings in this film are in full color. When presented the illustrations added a new dimension to Crazed.

Crazed presents a choreographed story structure that unfolds across Acts I to Act III. Intricate subplots and unforeseen twists are not articulated in this film. The narrative, although basic in the formula is entertaining. The film aims to be an action-driven experience. Thus, the writers  succeeded in accomplishing that goal.

The protagonist finds itself consumed with cliché overtones. Yet, this character has a composition the audience can consume with ease. The role played by Michael McCarthy. McCarthy’s voiceover resonates with anger and determination and becomes a highlight of the film. Every delivered word has an intensity that keeps the viewer’s interest armed.

Performances were as expected in reaching the graphic novel effect. The antagonist and associated evildoers derive from the pages of random comic books.  A strong female character becomes one appealing aspect to the film. Also, two horror icons make a defining cameo  Kane Hodder and R.A. Mihailoff.

Crazed shifts between an Action film to a Horror film. There are scenes that depict gore and torture. Yet, these scenes are not overpowering to the viewer. The practical effects were impressive. As a horror connoisseur, these scenes of carnage could have added more than accent for the film. Kevin A. McCarthy, Edward Payson Crazed


The illustrations should have had more presence throughout the film. Using these images in key scenes would have emphasized the graphic novel aesthetic.  Also, an animated effect to said illustrations would have opened the creative door wider.

The fight scenes needed more realism to its approach. The idea of over-the-top exchanges is expected genuine combat would have had added benefits.

The protagonist becomes a super man and is impervious to injury or death. Attributes are set too high for this character. How does on fight an onslaught of foes unscathed? Ronan Pierce needed spandex and a cape instead of a badge.

Rating Score:  0-10 Avoid | 11-20 Mediocre | 21-30 Good | 31-40  Average | 41-50 Satisfactory | 51-60 Stunning | 61-70 Terrific | 71-80 Must See | 81-90 Amazing | 91-100 Impressive

90 %
80 %
Originality / Redefining
90 %
80 %
Practical Effects
70 %
Scare Factor
5 %
Special Effects
5 %
Viewing Experience
90 %
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Ken Artuz is Co-Owner of Meca Ex Studios LLC. Artuz is a New York City Based Photographer with proficiency in Photoshop. His digital artwork was featured in exhibitions SOHO, NYC, twice. Artuz is a graduate of The Institute of Audio Research where he earned his degree in Audio Engineering and Record Production. He also earned certification in Television Production and Field Recording at Lehman College. For Horror Artuz Favors French Extremism and Indie productions. He is a novelist, and screenwriter listens to EBM, Industrial & Witch house and is an avid MMA sports fan. Ken Artuz will create a media empire built on the DecayMag Brand.


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