Psycho Storm Chaser (2021 Lifetime)

Psycho Storm Chaser (2021 Lifetime)

Cast: Tara Erickson, Rib Hillis, Mary O’Neil, Ivan Djurovic, Clarke Wolfe, Ali Zahiri

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Synopsis (via Lifetime)

When a Class-3 Hurricane hits the Brody Peninsula, nurse Abby Fields has a decision to make: attempt to move the comatose Hannah Banks out of her family home or stay and weather the storm. Abby decides the safer of the two options is to stay. Abby, Tony, the other nurse, and Ella Banks, Hannah’s sister and Abby’s less-than-sweet employer, decide to hunker down with supplies and s’mores to wait out the storm. What none of them realize is that there’s somebody else on the peninsula with them: Dr. Carl the Storm Chaser, a TV celebrity and secret serial killer that uses storms to cover up his heinous crimes. (2021)

Thoughts

The movie begins with a… surprise surprise, storm. Cutie Anna is locked in a basement, or maybe she is hiding in the basement. Either way, she has a Yankee Candle and seems to be chillin. Except for the yellow raincoat killer, I mean “storm chaser,” Dr. Carl. He is irate because Anna ignored his warnings on the weather channel. (Rib Hills, unfortunately, doesn’t go into his Bostonian accent. He is still hot, TBH.) He kills her with a shard of glass.

A woman with Courtney Cox Scream 3 bangs, Abby Field, talks to the news and says that she won’t evacuate for a hurricane because she is a health care provider and wants to help those in need. Dr. Carl has his next victim. 

Abby is going through a breakup and has no friends. She works for a rude ass woman named Ella Banks, whose sister Hannah is in a coma or something. A category three storm rolls in, and Abby and her co-worker agree to stay and help Ella take care of Hannah. There is a backup generator with no gas, so Abby runs into town and calls her ex-boyfriend, Jack. Jack is a cop trying to clear out residence before the storm. He tells Abby to get out while she can and calls a wellness check.

Jack isn’t the only one concerned. Dr. Carl spooks Abby in the parking lot and tells her she reminds him of someone who passed away in a storm just like this one. (Which isn’t the best pickup line.) Abby calls him a creep and heads back to her job. (Which includes making Tony smores for some reason.) 

Dr. Carl films segments in his car for his weather channel show. Then he finds a horny young couple who chose to wait out the storm and kills them while wearing his yellow raincoat and calling himself “nature.”

The wellness check doesn’t go… well; the Redheaded Officer finds Dr. Carl in the basement and is electrocuted, cutting out the power grid. 

Abby and Jack have a STUPID coded phone call about their breakup mixed with storm talk. Jack’s car breaks down, and he walks to save Abby from the storm AND the Psycho Storm Chaser.

Speaking of the psycho storm chaser, he makes his way up from the basement and finds Hannah. Dr. Carl pets her face and tells her that she will be the easiest one to kill, blaming the irresponsible caretakers who did not develop an evacuation plan. He takes out her IV and lurks around the house, watching everyone sleep. 

Tony wakes up and is ready to change shifts with Abby. She asks him to refill the generator and then notices wet footprints coming from the basement. Abby knows something is off. She is right and hears Hannah’s monitors going off. She rushes to help Hannah and is too busy to notice that Tony never came back from the generator. Tony is busy helping Dr. Carl film another TV segment during the eye of the storm until Tony drowns in a puddle. 

The power goes out as Abby and Ella are reviving Hannah. Abby cautiously heads downstairs and checks out the generator. She finds Tony face down in the puddle and performs CPR on him. He doesn’t make it, and sad music plays, like over-the-top sad music. Abby can’t save him and cries in the rain. Then she refills the generator, NBD! Her ex-boyfreind Jack shows up, but Dr. Carl knocks him out. 

Meanwhile, Ella watches Hannah and is attacked by Dr. Carl and strangles her to death?

Dr. Carl walks around the house talking about his wife, “Sandy Beaches,” and tells Abby that she reminds him of her. His wife died in a storm, not because of the storm itself, but because Dr. Carl found her cheating on him with the neighbor. He killed her because he IS the storm. Abby jumps up from behind a couch and stabs Dr. Carl in the middle of his speech because screw that guy!

Abby helps an injured Jack in from out of the storm. Damn it if Dr. Carl doesn’t stab him with some marshmallow skewers. Ella wakes up and throws a literal book at Dr. Carl. She screams, “GET OUT OF MY HOUSE!”

The women grab a lamp and a tennis rackett to defend themselves. The weapons aren’t needed because Hannah wakes up from her coma and kills Dr. Carl. Abby says, “Storms over.” BUT IT ISN’T. Dr. Carl isn’t dead. Jack isn’t either; Jack takes the psycho storm chaser into custody. 

Cut to Ella and Hannah sharing pancakes and catching up on everything she missed while Hannah was in a coma. Abby realizes that Jack is hot. (I mean Ivan Djurovic in a tank top, wow.) They kiss, and he is wheeled away injured in a stretcher, and now I’m not so sure this ISN’T Scream 3.

Dr. Carl listens to the weather in the ambulance while he picks his handcuffs with a paperclip. Dun Dun Dun! See you next storm!

Side Note

Minority Report: Tony, Police Officer, EMT

The movie reminded me of the Twilight Zone episode where the woman is stuck in the house with an escaped convict crossed with I STILL Know What You Did Last Summer. (Except no Brandy.)

I wouldn’t say I liked this movie, but I also couldn’t stop watching it. IDK!

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*** I’ve updated the rating system moving forward start 7/26/2021. Knives represent # of kills. Wine is over enjoyment (NOT a value judgment) on a 1-5 scale.

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Overall rating

Number of Kills: 🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪 (5 Knives)

Enjoyment Level: 🍷 (1 glasses of wine)

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