FOR THE SAKE OF VICIOUS on Shudder is a new horror movie with some amazing fight scenes. It’s a truly brutal low-budget horror movie that might be a bit too long, but it’s certainly entertaining. Read our full For the Sake of Vicious movie review here!

FOR THE SAKE OF VICIOUS is a new Shudder horror movie. The story is essentially simple, but it’s told with some twists and turns along the way. To be completely honest, the story isn’t the strongest part of this new horror movie addition on Shudder.

Don’t get me wrong, it definitely has some good story elements, but the brutal fight scenes are what impressed me. Specifically, I absolutely adored Lora Burke in this movie. I both laughed, squirmed, and cheered when it came to her character’s actions in this movie.

Continue reading our For the Sake of Vicious movie review below and find it on Shudder from January 6.

A bloody mess – but in a good way!

Obviously, when I call something “a bloody mess”, it doesn’t sound positive. However, in this case, what I mean to say is that the brutal fight scenes are very bloody and realistic. The realism element means they’re quite messy since “real” fighting looks messier and less choreographed than in most action movies.

Again, don’t get me wrong, I have no doubt that these scenes are very choreographed.

The actors do their own stunts and would be hospitalized if this wasn’t carefully planned out. It just looks like it’s all more random and crazy, which works perfectly for realism. Another thing that works for realism is reaction shots. Both from the people inflicting pain and those receiving.

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More Lora Burke, please!

As already stated, I adored Lora Burke in this movie and could easily watch an entire movie with her character. She was the human touch in a caring and reasonable sense. Of course, having her character, Romina, be a nurse made this even more obvious.

Lora Burke was absolutely a kick-ass action star in those brutal fight scenes. Again, in a realistic and somewhat clumsy way, but also extremely brutal. There’s a scene with a hammer, where she winces so perfectly. I just related to this character in so many ways.


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Also, I was very happy to see that she has quite a few things on her IMDb resume after this movie. I’ll be looking out for those projects.

Watch For the Sake of Vicious on Shudder

Gabriel Carrer and Reese Eveneshen co-directed this movie. In fact, they did a lot of the “behind the camera” work on this project. Reese Eveneshen also wrote the screenplay while Gabriel Carrer came up with the story. Of course, they are also producers of this horror movie and Reese Eveneshen edited it while Gabriel Carrer took part in the music.

For the record, I was not a fan of the sound when it came to music. It was way too wild and loud compared to the dialogue, which is often an issue with low-budget. You can almost always recognize budget restraint by the quality of sound. Or, of course, the quality of the sound engineer by how well the sound works.

For the Sake of Vicious is an entertaining and very brutal low-budget horror movie. And yes, it’s too long and the story could have been better (especially with more background on Romina), but it still works. Be sure to check it out on Shudder… if you can stomach all the blood!

For the Sake of Vicious is out on Shudder on January 6, 2022.


Directors: Gabriel Carrer & Reese Eveneshen
Writers: Gabriel Carrer & Reese Eveneshen
Stars: Lora Burke, Colin Paradine, Nick Smyth, James Fler


Romina, an overworked nurse and single mother, returns home from her late shift on Halloween night to find a maniac hiding out with a bruised and beaten hostage. When an unexpected wave of violent intruders descends upon her home, the trio realize the only way out of the situation is to work together and fight for their survival.

I write reviews and recaps on Heaven of Horror. And yes, it does happen that I find myself screaming, when watching a good horror movie. I love psychological horror, survival horror and kick-ass women. Also, I have a huge soft spot for a good horror-comedy. Oh yeah, and I absolutely HATE when animals are harmed in movies, so I will immediately think less of any movie, where animals are harmed for entertainment (even if the animals are just really good actors). Fortunately, horror doesn't use this nearly as much as comedy. And people assume horror lovers are the messed up ones. Go figure!
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