Thursday, February 23, 2017

Confessions of a Homicidal Prostitute

Director - Emir Skolonja (The Butcher, The Plague)
Starring - Kay Baun (The Butcher, The Plague), Michael Balch (Flesh of My Flesh, A Grim Becoming), and Adam Litton (The Plague)
Release Date - 2017
Genre - Horror
Tagline - "She is about to go down on you - as deep as the drill will go"
Format - Streaming (Online Screener)

Rating (out of 5):

     Emir Skolonja is one busy man.  Most indie directors are able to release one full feature length film a year.  It takes a lot of time to make a movie which is something a lot of people don't understand.  With that being said, it seems like Skolonja releases a new film every 6 months and is an accomplished author with several novels under his belt.  Not long ago Emir asked me to check out his film The Plague.  I did and thoroughly enjoyed it.  A short time has passed since then and Emir has once again asked me to check out his newest endeavor, Confessions of a Homicidal Prostitute.  Thank you Emir for allowing Horror Society and myself the opportunity to see your new project!
     The film follows prostitute Lilith (Baun) who is sitting down with a young man who is interviewing her about her profession.  She thoroughly goes over how her abusive pimp would beat the shit on her on a daily basis, constantly struggling for money, and how all of her Johns were married.  She then proceeds to discuss how she started killing and why starting with a John that liked it a little too rough before making her way to the abusive pimp.  After she has spilled the beans to the young man she then learns he is not what he seems and a new struggle presents itself before her.
     Emir Skolonja has proven himself to be a very versatile filmmaker.  The first few films I saw of his were dark, bleak, and very savage.  However, his films have taken a more social turn and deals with the social commentary among different demographics.  His film Flesh of My Flesh began that journey away from the brutal and more to the horror living within us.  The Plague then put real people in an uncontrollable setting to see how they act with others not from their way of life.  Confessions of a Homicidal Prostitute further explores the depraved and wicked who have hit rock bottom before revealing true depravity.  The acting in this one is solid.  The entire cast shows a tremendous amount of dedication to their role but inexperience does rear its ugly head.  Most of the scenes are solid but a few of them were awkward to watch.  Once again, this is nothing bad on the cast but there was a few times where the conversations did not feel genuine and forced.  The story for this one reminded me a lot of one of those early 90s horror films that you would find in the video store or late at night on Skinamax.  Those are the kind of movies I grew up on and this one brought me back.  It was fun for the most part but was a rather slow burn.  There wasn't a lot of character development which makes it hard for the viewers to get into the characters but the unpredictability of the story is enough to hold your attention.  Finally, the kills in this one are typical for most torture porn, or as I like to call them "chair horror," but they fit with the style of the film.  The kills we get have some great effects and are executed very well.  They may not be that original but they still look good.  Overall, Confessions of a Homicidal Prostitute is a no budget horror film with a lot of heart.  It may not be perfect but it entertains which is all we can ask from any movie.  With films like this I hope to see Skolonja make movies for years to come.

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