The Last Paradise by Kevin Wendell Crumb – A Review

Kevin Wendell Crumb

Kevin Wendell Crumb is an oddball comic relief character and the main antagonist of the three film trilogies, operating mainly as a psychologist in the majority of his appearances. He is also a psychiatrist working with Dr. David Storey, in all three films. He suffers from dissociative identity disorder (DIDs) and has many twenty-three different personalities residing inside his head. These personalities are the result of an accident that killed his wife while he was fourteen. He then dresses up as various different people to trick the authorities and become their therapist, friend, or even boyfriend/girlfriend. Wendell believes these various identities are a result of him being repeatedly killed and believes himself to be the ghost of his wife.

Kevin’s latest outing is called Under the Knife, and is directed by David Fincher. In it, we get to see how Kevin and his friend Vincent come to be roommates in a surgical clinic. Through the course of the movie, we learn more about the nature of Kevin’s multiple personalities, as well as what the role of Dr. David Storey is really all about. This is a great movie, but not quite as good as the first two films. The acting is pretty good, but the story is predictable.

In the first film, Kevin Wendell Crumb plays the title role of Dr. David Storey, a psychiatrist who must deal with the after death of his wife. There’s a science fiction twist at the start of the film involving a robotic dog that becomes a part of Storey’s life after his death. It all starts with an experimental drug that takes effect on Storey’s consciousness, transforming him into a sort of post-human android. Now this android has come to live in an apartment, and has various personalities running through it. In short, it’s more of a series than a character, and it’s somewhat confusing to follow.

In terms of character, there’s no other really significant character besides Storey. His two best friends, played by Jason Lee and Kay Panabaker, are each quite interesting additions to the group. There’s also another minor character, played by Maze Runner’s Dylan O’Brien, who has a significant relationship with Storey, developing a crush on him. Overall, Kevin Wendell Crumb’s characters aren’t developed enough to develop as real people, but the idea of having multiple personalities in one film is interesting enough to make up for it.

There’s also some interesting psychological elements to this movie involving the idea of multiple personality disorders. There’s the constant questioning whether or not everyone has an inner demon, and there are those who think that everyone does. These people, especially the psychiatrist that works with Storey, wonder if everyone has a different personality. Kevin Wendell Crumb makes sure that we get a lot of subplots within his novel, like how Storey might be going crazy, or maybe he’s just very confused.

The most horrifying aspect of “The Last Paradise” is the way it presents cannibalism as a cure for mental illness. As much as I love Kevin Wendell Crumb, I am not a fan of torture in general. I found that the way in which he presents cannibalism as a positive treatment for the characters in the novel was rather disturbing. Like with all horror stories, there are the good guys and the bad guys, and cannibalism isn’t always the good guy. For that reason, the novel can be a bit dark, even for Crumb’s taste.

In the end, I found that most of the characters in The Last Paradise had realistic personalities, even though the majority were interesting. There were different emotional journeys for each character, as they dealt with their own unique issues. There was a really great use of dissociative identity disorder in the novel, as the various personalities had all sort of hidden motivations for doing what they did. All of this added depth to the characters, making them more memorable than the primary antagonist, who by the way, was also a really interesting character himself.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Last Paradise. It was a fast paced book filled with enough action to keep the reader interested. Crumb uses many different themes in the novel, from a modern take on mental disorders to a look into the psychological underpinnings of a serial killer. While I don’t know if this novel is going to be able to take the place of The Necromancer, it did entertain me enough to keep me reading. Kevin Wendell Crumb’s writing has given me a lot to chew on the next time I read his novels.

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