There's something wicked going on in Crescent Bay, a retirement community that is perhaps nestled a little too close to the woods.

Folks have moved into this gated community in hopes of enjoying their golden years. Instead, they are being murdered — in gruesome fashion.

Who -- or what -- is behind the killing? The carnage is so extreme that it doesn't appear to be the work of a man, or even any known animal. Whatever is doing the deadly deeds is certainly big, powerful and, well, mad as heck.

But Crescent Bay's newest resident is blind Vietnam War vet Ambrose McKinley (Nick Damici) -- and he won't be an easy target. Indeed, McKinley might just be the man who can finally put an end to these murders.

Director Adrian Garcia Bogliano's film is creepy, campy fun. The special effects remind one of early era Rick Baker, the Oscar-winning makeup artist known for such masterpieces as "An American Werewolf in London," Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video and, of course, "Harry and the Hendersons."

"Late Phases," which had its world premiere at the South by Southwest film festival, would make for a good way to spend a popcorn-fueled late Saturday night.

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