Directed by David DeCoteau
Expectations: Hope it’s not like the 3rd one.
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On the B-movie scale:
On one hand, The Brotherhood IV: The Complex is derivative of the original film, albeit with less interesting characters and milder sexual energy. But on the other hand, it hits all the notes I want out of a Brotherhood sequel, and it does it with style, methodical pacing and a healthy dose of dudes running around in their underwear. DeCoteau may have been off his game for The Brotherhood III, but he came back with a vengeance for the 4th entry. The Brotherhood IV: The Complex is a solid, well-told film about homoerotic Naval cadets, and who doesn’t want to see a film like that?
As is standard for the Brotherhood films, a new kid comes to school and is immediately singled out by the resident brotherhood: the Black Skulls. They are a long-running secret society founded at Port Nathan Naval Academy (AKA The Complex) and rumored to exist in small groups around the world. I’m not sure how true these rumors are, though, since we see a list of the group’s alumni and it’s literally no more than 8–10 people. 🙂 Anyway, Lee Hanlon (Sebastian Gacki) arrives at school a few days after a student has gone missing. The faculty can’t explain his disappearance, but it is the subject of the film’s prologue, so we know that he was consumed in a flurry of lightning while pledging the Black Skulls.
The Brotherhood films are definitely not going to satisfy all viewers, but The Brotherhood IV: The Complex is easily one of the best entries. It’s not quite as entertaining as the original, and it doesn’t have anything close to the pool scene of the sequel, but it does have a great mythology for the Black Skulls and some very enjoyable lightning. I try to stay away from any real spoilers, especially for this sort of thing, but anyway, there’s a reveal as to where the lightning has been coming from throughout the film and it had me in tears of laughter. One of the best B-Movie ideas I’ve seen in some time; I can’t say that it makes much sense, but it was definitely a lot of fun!
If you consider yourself a fan of David DeCoteau, this is a must-see.
Next time I get around to a Full Moon movie I’ll be watching the Moonbeam flick The Werewolf Reborn! See ya then!