Starring - Chris Piatt, Breanna Principato, and Wendy Ramer
Release Date - 2015
Genre - Horror/Thriller
Format - Streaming (Online Screener)
Rating (out of 5):
It is so easy for the horror scene to become stale. A filmmaker sees a horror flick that does well and wants to duplicate that film's success. People tend to be lazy and the same can be said about directors. They want to make a quick buck and follow fads. I know this is something shitty to say about someone who works hard at something that can be labeled as art but it is the hard truth. With that being said, not all filmmakers are lazy or try to rehash a popular story to make a profit. However, that is not all directors. Some filmmakers offer up some rather unique films that make you think. One such director is Luke Ramer who brought us The White Faced Man and Under the Rainbow. He recently reached out to me about a a new short titled deadbeat. I jumped at the chance to check out another Ramer film. Thanks Luke for reaching out to me.
The film begins with a young man sitting with a beautiful young woman playing guitar. He sings her a song and before you know it her panties hit the floor. He has his way with her and the two fall asleep. Sometime later she awakes to him arguing with someone outside of the bedroom. She leaves the room to find him having words with a woman who reveals that she had a child with him and he refuses to do the right thing by her and the baby. The girl becomes disgusted with the man and leaves. Several months go by and she pays him a visit to inform him that she is pregnant with his child. He refuses to accept responsibility for his actions. She gently rubs his belly and leaves. He soon falls ill and emotional. His baby's mother is moving out of the state soon and taking his daughter with her and this puts him in a deep depression. His health starts to deteriorate and soon finds himself in his bed as he becomes overwhelmed with pain. Soon he brings life into this world in an unexpected way.
Director Luke Ramer is a unique filmmaker. Ramer's films are always unconventional movies with horror elements scattered throughout. The films are never straight forward horror but bold stories that are surprisingly fun. deadbeat is no different. The acting in this one is typical of most indie films. The cast tries their best and their hearts are in the right place but the experience is just not there. The story for this one is wild and one of the strangest I have seen in a short. We have seen so many films that follow an asshole who gets what he deserves. This film is no different. It is slow to the buildup but once the viewer realizes what is going on it becomes a very interesting film that is impossible to look away from. Finally, those of you looking for blood and guts will be very disappointed. However, if you want to see a fucked up death that is unlike any other horror film before it then look no further. The film only has the one death but it is fucking amazing and so is the practical effects for it. Overall, deadbeat is a breath of fresh air and originality in a world full of Walking Dead rip offs. The film is intriguing and worth every minute. Check it out.