Actors: Annalynne McCord, Billy Zane, Viva Bianca
Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: ANCHOR BAY
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Run Time: 86 minutes
I’ve watched a lot of bad films in my time, and I can usually predict them before the opening credits have even begun to roll. Knowing that Annalynne McCord (“90210”) was the star of this film initiated immediate warning signs in my head, but I never could have guessed how much she would dominate this film and how devastating that poor casting decision would be to Scorned. In all fairness, McCord is not the only one showing her shortcomings as an actor. Not a single actor looks good by the end of the film, and much of that is due to a remarkably asinine screenplay by Mark Jones & Sadie Katz, not to mention the inept direction provided by Jones. Few bad films have so little of worth in their content and production values in such equal proportion.
Although all actors look bad saying these words under the direction of Jones, McCord is the only one who appears to be delusional enough to think that she is doing a good job. The rest of the actors either seem embarrassed to be participating or simply grateful to be onscreen at all. McCord also comes off the worst because she spends the most time onscreen, and this opportunity should be enough to solidify “90210” as the height of quickly declining her career.
Playing mentally unstable like a TV movie, McCord is jealous lover Sadie, who has just discovered that her boyfriend (Billy Zane) is having an affair with her best friend (Viva Blanca). Holding each of them captive during her romantic weekend getaway, Sadie slowly tortures each of them with no visible endgame or purpose. This pointless indulgence is only ended when an escaped convict suddenly enters the storyline in the third act, for no apparent reason other than to help the writers out of the corners they backed themselves into.
There are endless reasons to hate this film, but I am going to end with my personal favorite. Worse than the acting and the directing is the choice to have Sadie repeatedly refer to herself as “a woman scorned” in the screenplay. It is annoying enough when a screenwriter sloppily uses the title within the film’s dialogue, but Scorned does it at least three times in forced dialogue spoken by a painfully worthless actress.
Entertainment Value: 0/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 0/10
Historical Significance: 0/10
Disc Features: 0/10