(out of 5)
directed by: Dustin Mills
starring: Joni Durian, Brandon Salkil, Dave Parker, Dustin Mills, Reagan Root, Corella, Waring, Bambi Bodette, Circes Tate
format: Online Screener
The Movie: Well geez here we go. This nod to the giallo films of Argento and Bava by Dustin Mills is just a fantastic journey into the mind of psycho. Was it Andrew? Was it Agnes? As a lover of both Argento and Bava and basically all the giallo films of the 60's and 70's I was like a kid in a candy store while watching this movie. The phone voices, the colors, the close-ups, even the rain jacket all thrown together creating a perfect indie giallo exercise. And man did I love it. When Dustin posted he wanted reviews well I just couldn't pass it up and also I'm an addict for the man's artistic view.
The Script: Dustin is an excellent writer. His dialogue never falls flat and frankly he's getting a lot better. This movie not only reminded me of the old giallos but also a favorite of mine which most seem to hate on Patrick. Patrick was about a man in a coma using his mental powers to kill. Now it isn't the same movie by any means but Andrew is in a coma and well you'll just have to see the final outcome. Bit of a twist ending per usual with these kinds of movies. Definitely a well told story beginning to end.
The Gore: Wow. One word. The knife props by Bradley Brownfield were just well...wow. Great stabbings, great Hammer style blood even if that's not what Dustin went for that's how it was for me and I love Hammer style bright red blood. Another bonus with this one. A bit of cgi thrown in because that's what Dustin does and he does it well. Never took me out of the movie with any of the fx. Bravo Dustin Mills.
The Rating: Yeah I'm not much on beating around the bush with my reviews usually either I like it or I don't. Loved this. Watched it a total of three times last night if you include on my phone while playing Xbox waiting for the right moment to screenshot a picture. Watching Invalid was like a giallo playground and this kid climbed all the way to the top of the monkey bars and cheered arms up...victory. Thanks again to Dustin and all his crew Wes Allen and Matthew Goodfriend included.