Plot: A delusional, sadistic serial killer known as The Savior preyed upon countless women, but his reign of terror was brought to an end when Sam (Emily Albright) was able to survive his attack. The police showed up and took The Savior to prison and while she was shaken up by the horrific trauma she suffered, Sam has tried to move on and she even helps other who have suffered. Her support group brings together those who have to cope with tragic pasts and while she loves to help others, the group also offers her immense help as well. She also struggles to let herself get close to anyone, including her new boyfriend, but she’s working dealing with those issues. But when it becomes clear that someone is killing people around her, including some connected to her support group, Sam is horrified that her past has returned once again.
Entertainment Value: This is a strange one, a super low rent serial killer thriller that has an appearance from Robert Z’Dar, so there’s that. I have no issue with movies of this kind, where it seems like a group of friends made a movie with little to no resources, in fact, this formula sometimes leads to b movie magic. In this case, there isn’t much magic, but When Heaven Comes Down is a quirky, interesting curio that shows some ambition, even with such limited circumstances. The narrative is passable, with a religious obsessed killer on the loose and while it isn’t that original, the movie does weave in a couple of nice twists. A blend of horror and thriller elements, with a little humor mixed in, the movie doesn’t build much suspense or deliver scares, but it is able to conjure up some passable atmosphere. One issue is the pace, which can drag on at times, though I have to think lack of funds might have contributed to the multitude of basic, dialogue driven sequences. But hey, Z’Dar is fun to watch as always as there is some b movie curio value here, so don’t write off When Heaven Comes Down.
The movie has one nude scene, with a woman baring her breasts for a brief shot, but that’s all the sleaze in this one. As for bloodshed, there is some light red stuff here and there, but nothing graphic or over the top. This is probably due to budget limitations however, as the movie certainly has room for such violence to unfold, what with a sadistic killer running rampant and all. So there is a little blood, cheaply done and no real gore, so don’t expect a bloodbath in this case. The dialogue is likely the main draw of When Heaven Comes Down, as it has some awkward, humorous exchanges and a nice selection of wooden, dialed up, and just oddball performances. Robert Z’Dar is likely why most movie fans will seek out this one and while he doesn’t have much screen time, he is fun to watch. He is given some just awful lines, which he delivers with admirable effort, but he can’t salvage these stinkers. I think Z’Dar telling bad jokes is a positive however, so I didn’t mind at all. The craziness scale tilts a touch, with Z’Dar’s jokes, the ridiculous killer’s getup, and the general low rent b movie vibes, but this one just never goes that far off the rails.
Overall Insanity: 3/10