Director: David Rountree
Starring: Sam Scarber, Dahlia Salem, and David Banks
Running Time: 104 min
So, I'm excited to watch this movie because it has some killer credentials. This film has won four awards at the 2014 Independent Film & Television Festival, including Best Director, Best Leading Actor and Best Film overall, which is pretty awesome. Also, it was one of the top 5 horror movies of 2014 according to Movie Rankings, which is another feather in it's cap. So, I'm going to sit down and see what all the hub bub is about, bub.
Lane Hayes is a young ex-con with a bad habit of beating up hookers. Luckily, his buddy Travis was able to get him a job at the film equipment rental place where he is the manager. Lane rolls in late again from another night of sex, drugs and violence and is unbelievably obnoxious to his co-workers and the customers but Lane doesn't give a fuck because this business is closing it's doors at the end of the month and he'll be out of job anyway. However, Lane's shitty attitude inspires Travis, who is an aspiring film maker and suggests to Lane that before the business goes under that they borrow and use the film equipment during the night to make their own low budget horror film. Lane loves the idea and suggests that they scare the bevy of hookers that he likes to use as punching bags. So, Travis writes up a loose script and they decide to head out to shoot their masterpiece.
Unfortunately, they run into some complications with their "Talent", with one lady of the night getting pissed off because she didn't know she was being taped and an then later an encounter with an angry pimp. However at the end of the night, they meet a sexy German call girl and hire her for a scene the next night. That night Travis realizes that the need a menacing villain to make their picture good and asks Lane to see if he can find any scary dudes hanging around the lot, looking for some extra work, while he sets up the camera. Frustrated Lane goes out and brings back the only dude he can find, which is a larger, crazy looking black homeless guy. Travis says that he'll have to do and leaves Lane at the monitor outside the studio with the homeless dude, while he goes in with the camera to shoot his scene with the hooker.
While Travis is getting all sexy, Lane is trying his hardest to explain to the homeless man what they want him to do. Over and over Lane tells him to go in and just scare the girl, but when he sends him in for the scene, the homeless man goes crazy and the camera cuts out and Lane can hear screams coming from the studio. He runs down the hall and finds that the homeless man has gone crazy and killed the hooker. Damn it! So, Travis and Lane calmly ask the homeless man to leave and Travis cleans up the body while Lane waits in the truck. Travis dumps the body in his truck and then they dispose of the body in the ocean. However, this incident gives Lane a new idea and suggests to Travis that they just kill people on camera for their movie because it will make it look more authentic. Has Lane gone off the deep end and will he start murdering people for their art and bring back the "snuff" genre or will one of them come to their senses in time to realize how distrubed they have gotten?
This was a good movie and it had some really good twists that I didn't see coming. Director/Co-writer David Rountree and co-writer David Banks create a very smart, dark and twisted film that will keep you glued to the screen. I don't want to give anything away but they have created a very thrilling conclusion that will put depraved grin on your face.
Also, David Rountree tempers the violence through out the picture and creates excellent collection violent vignettes, which grows and gets more sadistic as the films goes on. And although, it's not excessively gory at times, there are plenty of scenes that will send shivers down your spine.
However, there are a few things that I wasn't that crazy about. I wish David Banks (Coffin, Halloween Party), who plays Lane would have toned it down in a couple of scenes at the beginning. Most of the film, he nails the character but some of the initial scenes in the equipment rental place were just so over the top that I think it was too much. I understand, where they were going with it but if they were going to have that, then I think David Rountree character, Travis should have been tougher on the Lane character for his actions because it was a little too unbelievable.
Also I found the ending too tight. I like the ending but I just found that things happened a little too quickly and it leaves the viewer feeling a little overwhelmed. If they would have stretched it out a little bit, then it would have added a more to an already good film.
Even with that said, I really enjoyed the film and thought that the story that David Rountree and
David Banks created really translated well into film. This is a different twist on a horror film and there are some interesting elements that even people outside of horror genre can appreciate. So, if you're looking for a good independent film that have some devious twists and turns, then this will etch a terrifying memory for years to come.