Director - Curt Wiser (Clowning Around)
Starring - Erin Cline (Joe Vampire), Joe Coffey (Undead Apocalypse), and Dominiqua Alexis (Tales from the Grave, Volume 2: Happy Holidays)
Release Date - 2012
Genre - Horror/Thriller
Tagline - "One phone call will turn this stripper into one bad mother"
Format - Streaming (Online Screener)
Rating (out of 5):
Several months back I was able to check out the flick Sanctuary: Quite a Conundrum. The film starred the lovely Erin Cline who was also in another film that I thoroughly enjoyed, Joe Vampire which starred Mike Christopher who was the hare krishna zombie in Romero's classic Dawn of the Dead. Erin is as talented as she is sexy and when I was working on my review for Sanctuary I saw that in 2012 Erin was in a horor thriller titled Cam-Girl. This was a film I had to see so I reached out to film's Facebook page about checking the film out. They were kind enough to send an online screener link my way to check out. Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to check this one out!
The film follows Gessica (Cline) who makes a living stripping on web-cam. She is a single mother but seems to find herself toying with men and being a tease. There has been a string of murders recently where the victims were working girls and their throats were slit open. One day while in the middle of a show a random guy shows up in her chat room and harasses her. She soon learns that her mother has been getting harassing calls as well from a man asking questions about her and her secret career. A few days later, after a show, she receives a strange phone call and when she tries to hang up with him he fires a shot through the window to prove his point. He then begins a moral campaign to have her make right all the men she teased and used over the years to get her way before she realizes that the killer is someone close to home.
I knew very little about Cam-Girl when I requested to review it other than it was formerly known as Web-Cam. Now I will admit, I went full guy mode when I requested to check this one out. I mean, come on. Who doesn't get a little excited thinking about the lovely Erin Cline in the role of a cam model? Once I was able to actually check the film out I was very surprised by what I saw. The acting in this one is great. The few films I have seen Erin Cline in she was phenomenal. She is an amazing actress that I hope to see more in the future. Her role is fairly simple but she does dominate the film with most of the flick revolving around her talking on the phone. The remainder of the film does have a few cast members but their screen time is minuscule. However, each actor and actress makes the most of their time and deliver some great performances. The story for this one was rather surprising. I was expecting more of a sleazy horror film and what I got was a Scream inspired thriller set in the backdrop of modern technology. This was fun but the film did move slowly due to this and most of the film was, in fact, a one woman show. The film really needed something during the middle portion of the film that helped the film along and to give the viewer a little action to keep them awake. Finally, the film does have a few on screen kills but they are nothing that special nor are they noteworthy. They are bloody but the excitement of the kill is just not there. With that being said, the practical effects are minimal but they do work very well to pull the gag off. Overall, Cam-Girl is a thriller that relies heavily on atmosphere and not action. The film is fun but if you are expecting a blood bath then you will not be happy with this slow burning thriller. Check it out, it is well worth a watch.