As we come into port from the high seas! Movies Galore takes a look at Disney director’s Joachim Ronning and Espen Sander’s feature “Pirates of The Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” for 2017!

Written by David Strege

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Kon Tiki remake Director’s Joachim Ronning and Espen Sanders take on this high seas further adventure from Disney and though reviews of the film were not a high note we say differently just that I think this cow has been milked as much as it can…

Dead Men’s Tell No Tales begins with a small boy rowing away to sea, as he ties rocks to his body and jumps only to be caught by the ship that holds his father William Turner (Bloom).

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Will Turner has been cursed and has had his heart in Davy Jones Chest for several years it seems but his son has heard of this treasure called the Tridant of Poseidon that no man can ever find and has set his mind on finding Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) which Will Turner his father tries to pursuance is a fools journey and that it’s impossible…

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Mean while as the Mayor of St. Martins is celebrating a new bank vault, a young lady Carina Smyth (Scoldelerio) that studies the stars has been labeled a witch and sentence to be hung, young Henry turner has been cast as a traitor for only trying to warn his captain of the doom ahead, and Captain Jack Sparrow has fallen asleep with the mayors wife inside the vault as part of a plan to steal the loot…

After escaping custody thanks to Carina, Henry puts up Sparrow’s bail money but as due to his failed robbery his crew left him as they were tired of his shit… he did the one thing he was told never to do when Sparrow’d become captain and been handed the compass… he betrayed the compass by bartering it for rum…

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Now interesting as it may seem the dreaded Captain Salazar and his cursed crew were exactly what Henry’s crew had run into as he was the man that Salazar left alive to tell the tale whom had noticed the wanted ads of Sparrow on Henry’s person… Salazar told Henry to Steal the compass from Sparrow or lead him to him.

After the compass had landed in the wrong hands though it had released the Dreaded Spanish Captain Salazar upon the high seas destroying Hector Barbosa’s Fleet which once it had reached his ear, Barbosa went in search of a local witch whom was known for gossip, who in turn gave him the compass which had come into his possession.

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That with Catrina Smith’s fathers book of having a bloodstone to map the stars ultimately the treasure and Jacks crew came around for one more adventure not to mention of course the British army Captains involvement as always after the same treasure.

I don’t want to tell it all but there is a surprise for hector and a happy ending of sorts not for all but I feel they were tying up loose ends they hadn’t before…

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I think the creatures that were Salazar’s Skeleton Crew were more what you’d see in a sci-fi Chanel movie I just think that they could have been imaged better missing pieces  was kinda evident and seemed like it was again like I said cheaply maid this time.  There was definitely some humor but I believe the humor was half hearted… I think that Johnny Depp is getting rather old for the role but I think the drunken pirate does still somewhat hold a style but I almost heard The Hatter in his voice as he was running through  St. Martin’s.

Ultimately I hope I don’t see another pirates it’s run it’s course.  I enjoyed the film for what it was but I saw it’s errors too so I’m on the fence of thinking it’s up to par I think it’s lost its energy, it’s spunk but to each their own.. and does Keira Knoghtly have an eating disorder she’s not as hot as she once was in the original Pirates… disappointing… enjoy!

Starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, Javier Bardem as Captain Salazar, Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa, Brenton Thwaites as Henry Turner, Kaya Scodelario as Carina Smyth, Kevin McNally as Gibbs, Golshifteh Farahani as Shansa, David Wenham as
Scarfield, Stephen Graham as Scrum, Angus Barnett as Mullroy, Martin Klebba as Marty, Adam Brown as Cremble, Giles New as Murtogg, Orlando Bloom as
Will Turner, Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swann, Paul McCartney as Uncle Jack, Delroy Atkinson as Pike, Danny Kirrane as
Bollard, Juan Carlos Vellido as Lieutenant Lesaro, Rodney Afif as Officer Madga, Rupert Raineri as Officer Santos, Stephen Lopez as Officer Moss, Nico Cortez as Spanish Officer, Mahesh Jadu as
Spanish Soldier, Bruce Spence as Mayor Dix, Justin Smith as Mr. Krill, John Leary as Mr. Swift, Anthony De La Torre as
Young Jack Sparrow, Finn Ireland as
Young Pirate Jeff (as Finn McLeod Ireland), James Mackay as Maddox, Bryan Probets as Bowen, Will Ward as Pirate (Flashback), Lewis McGowan as
Henry Turner (12 Yrs Old), Alexander Scheer as Young Teague, Richard Piper as
Captain Toms, Michael Dorman as First Officer Wade, Rohan Nichol as Officer Cole, Paul Armstrong as Old Pirate, Robert Morgan as Grimes, Andreas Sobik as Pirate Captain, Goran D. Kleut as Pirate with Broom, Scott Anderson as British Officer, Travis Jeffery as British Soldier, Andrew Fraser as British Soldier, Akos Armont as British Soldier, Sean Lynch as
British Soldier, Ben O’Toole as British Soldier, Dakota Askew as Young Monarch Soldier, Jamie Carter as Young Monarch Soldier, Joe Klocek as Monarch Soldier, Derani Scarr as Woman, Zoe Ventoura as
Mayor’s Wife, Lenny Firth as Fisherman, Akshay Caplash as CG Ghost Soldier, Jordan Fulleylove as CG Ghost Soldier, Mivon Prince-Leyva as CG Ghost Soldier, Rafael Torrijos as CG Ghost Soldier (as Rafael Soler Torrijos), Pablo as Jack the Monkey, Chiquita as Jack the Monkey, James Fraser as Young Greenhorn, Ken Radley as Pig Kelly, Hannah Walters as
Beatrice, Jonathan Elsom as Priest, K. Todd Freeman as Captain Morgan, Matthew Walker as Confessional Priest, Darcy Laurie as Uncle Jack’s Cellmate, James Lawson as Jail Guard, James Lawson as Jail Guard, Chris Adams as
Spanish Officer (uncredited), Anousha Alamian as Spanish Soldier (uncredited), Charnstar Anderson as Barbossa Pirate (uncredited), Maria Arnott as Washer Woman (uncredited), Oscar Bailey as
Townschild (uncredited), Martin Ballantyne as Townsman (uncredited), Michael Bardach as Pirate Prisoner (uncredited), Donnie Baxter as Townsperson (uncredited), Bland Brifkani as Spanish Soldier (uncredited), Christie-Lee Britten as Greenwich Village Upper Class Lady (uncredited), Austin Caffin as
Livery (uncredited), Leo Camacho as
Townsman (uncredited), Alexander Canton as Upperclass Man (uncredited), Brooke Chamberlain as Upper Class Lady (uncredited), Jon Christopher as Sailor (uncredited), Matt Clayton as Monarch Sailor (uncredited), Linda Marie Curry as
Witch (uncredited), Todd Davis as Pirate (uncredited), Suzanne Dervish-Ali as
Townsperson (uncredited), Miles Ellis as
Black Pearl Pirate (uncredited), Josh Farah as Pirate (uncredited), Helder Fernandes as Sailor (uncredited), Sean Edward Frazer as Barbossa Pirate (uncredited), Kiara Freeman as Townschild (uncredited), Jesse Michael Fullington as
British Soldier (uncredited), Tighe Gill as
Calico (uncredited), Fernando Gonzalez as
Pirate (uncredited), Asabi Goodman as
Maid (uncredited), Jessica Gould as
Townswoman (uncredited), Karen Gould as Witch (uncredited), Jessica Green as
Townswoman (uncredited), Madison Haley as Townswoman (uncredited), Stephen Hall as Beggar (uncredited), Ryan Hance as Townsmen (uncredited), Dylan Kai Harris as Lower Class Townsman (uncredited), Kelly Hetherington as
Barbossa Pirate (uncredited), Matt Hurley as Monarch Marine (uncredited), Lakota Johnson as Towns Child (uncredited), Luke Johnson as Townsman (uncredited), John Jumane as Townsman (uncredited), Cale Kampers as Royal Marine (uncredited), Baz Karbouris as Pirate (uncredited), Tony Chris Kazoleas as
Black Pearl Pirate (uncredited), Kris Keevers as Monarch Officer (uncredited), Rylan Kindness as Beggar Boy (uncredited), Joel Knights as Livery (uncredited), Rachael Lorenz as Dorothy (uncredited), Shaun McCallum as
St. Martin Marine (uncredited), Mollie McGregor as Twin Middle Class Lady (uncredited), Sophia McGregor as Twin Middle Class Lady (uncredited), Declan McMurray as Upper Class Man (uncredited), Jenaya McMurray as
Upper Class Girl (uncredited), Abhishek Mehta as Townsman (uncredited), Salvatore Merenda as Tier 2 Ghost (uncredited), Valiant Michael as
Pirate (uncredited), Anthony Miller as
Barbossa Pirate (uncredited), Paris Moletti as Townsman (uncredited), Winnie Mzembe as Maid (uncredited), Piper Nairn as Townschild (uncredited), Joseph Oliveira as Pirate (uncredited), Anna Patch as Townswomen (uncredited), Toby Potter as Townschild (uncredited), Jon Quested as Band Member (uncredited), Christian Radford as Monarch Marine (uncredited), John Reynolds as Hangman Executioner (uncredited), Daniel Sims as
Townschild (uncredited), Ben Damian Thomas as Middle Class Merchant (uncredited), Rhiannon Watson as
Townswoman (uncredited), Tony S White as Middle Class Townsperson (uncredited), Korey Williams as Middle Class Towns Person (uncredited).

 

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Take a journey with us as Movies Galore looks at director Eric D. Howard’s feature “Voice From The Stone” for 2017!

Written by David Strege

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In a mouthfull, from Momentum in association with Producer Capital Fund in co-production with Code 39 Films as well as being a Zanuck Independent Film director Eric D. Howard brings to us a beautifully crafted film with excellent cinematography in my mind as well as a gothic tale of love…

Voice begins as the boy in our story Jakob (Dring) is speaking to his dying mother as she tells him another woman will come along you will know her by the love she shows you so listen to my voice in the stones in the walls…

Enter Verena (Clarke) is a woman who is like a nanny whose works with children by staying with family’s as a way of living a sort of companion. Seven months Jakob has not spoken so Verena leaves one position to apply for the job of trying to get the boy to Speak.

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Upon arriving Verena is greeted by a caretaker/ butler of the grounds as well as  Jacob and his father Klaus (Csokas) well refined and reserved Klaus thinks that she’s exactly like the others soon Verena realizes both boy and father are haunted by mother and wife…

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To make matters even weirder Verena is visited by an old woman named Lillia (Gastoni) whom turns out to having been a spirit and as well becomes the naked muse of Klaus as he is a sculptor and had begun sculpting the body of his wife before her late death…

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As the puzzle grows deeper as much as deep as the quarry that Jakob keeps disappearing to Verena realizes that the mother is speaking to the boy as well as trying to speak to her to look out for her family but will she be able to make the boy speak before she befell’ the same fate…

I think this is a very original story as I think the area location was extremely beautiful and had something to do with the quaintness and the antiquity of the film which placed it in the 50’s,  I think as well the person involved with the clothing of the cast should be recognized as well making it a time piece.  I think this is the best film I’ve seen this year.

Its not that it’s scary or really that horrifying it’s romantic and haunting in the best way possible.  I really enjoyed this film it’ll definitely be remembered by myself and I recommend the film to horror fans. Cheers!

Starring Emilia Clarke as Verena, Marton Csokas as Klaus, Caterina Murino as Malvina, Kate Linder as LaVecchia, Remo Girone as Alessio, Lisa Gastoni as Lilia, Edward Dring as Jakob, Giampiero Judica as Carlotta’s Father, Antonella Britti as
Carlotta’s Mother, Nicole Cadeddu as Carlotta.

 

They’re In The Woods! As Movies Galore takes a look at 80’s Throwback Monster debut Feature “Gnawbone” from director Darrin Means for 2016!

Written by David Strege

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So I now take a look at a successfully kickstarted project directed by Darrin Means with Banana Jar Productions and lo and behold this little film has a gut clenching feel of the 80s with some flair…

First off I like that his lead actor is an African American named Tony Bartele playing Tommy this shows the diversity at which this film maker will allow.  Tommy has lost his mother to a car accident, a father who left early and as the beginning of the film portrays a grandfather that was killed before his eyes by a grizzly or so the cops think but never really find out exactly what happened…

So to find some closure his therapist and freinds want Tommy to go back to the woods to face his fears only… his fears are all to real as the blood begins to spill…

I totally think the music written by James Thompson totally went with the 80s hair metal scene packed with the tape deck and the boom box I’m already in love with this film paying tribute to the 80s with style.  The acting of all the actors and actresses were decent too even Charlie Bruce playing Scott a total bully of sorts the jokester of the group? I got used to and could deal with his shannagans.

The characters were believable, human I felt very sympathetic towards Tommy (Tony) was very expressive and showed a lot of emotion. As well as the girlfriend of his best freind Matt…

Certainly enough of heads that rolled and guts that spewed to make it a cult classic in the making. I’m digging the Gnawbone Creature and the music behind I definitely recommend this creature film for all you horror fiends!

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Starring Tony Bartele as Tommy, Scott Blake as Crazy Old Man, Charlie Bruce as
Scott, Peyton Cunningham as Girl on Campus, Dave as Worker at 13th Floor, Holly Deckert as Customer at Bar, Ryan Fennell as Boy on Campus, Jonathan Garlinghouse as Gnawbone, Daniel Grube as Customer at 13th Floor, Heather Schwartz Grube as extra at 13th Floor, Katie Harbridge as Julie, Alex Jorck as
Gnawbone, Daylan Konkle as Young Tommy, Derek Kunzman as Matt, Coty Lawson as Customer at shop, Jensen Riley Lynch as Gnawbone hand / bar extra, Mindy Mannix Thompson as extra at 13th Floor, Dakota McIntosh as Crazy Young Man, Darrin Means as Gnawbone, Haiden Means as Gnawbone, Kiah Means as Customer at shop, Katy O’Brian as Lisa, Trent Persinger as Gnawbone, Micah Petersen as Gas Station Worker, Ransom Pugh as Professor Davis, David Stover as
Professor on Campus, Ron Wells as Tommy’s Grandpa, Kassey Worcester as
Customer at shop.

 

They’re back with more Blood! As Movies Galore takes a look at director Emir Skolanja’s sequel feature “The Plague 2: Biohazard Blood” for 2017!

Written by David Strege

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Coming to us from Fox Trot Productions once again is a sequel to a laid back Zombie Epidemic film that was definitely politically inspired called “The Plague.”

In September look out for a VHS retro looking dvd with Underground Gorellector films!

So the first seven minutes or so are kind of a replay of events that transpired….

Here we have several groups of survivors, some dressed in military Dermot and Peggy along with a trigger happy gunman, many foraging for food and supplies…. evidently having gone on for several years we are watching as a group surveys some abandoned buildings running into the occasional Zombie…

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Meanwhile Becky (Skolanja) and Jill (Metzger) have survived and are traveling together Becky haunted by her brother and Jill haunted by her Jack… having become scavengers I think that this time they are definitely getting into their roles.

I’m beginning to appreciate the first film a little more because of this sequel for I feel the characters have grown a bit since the first film as this really is about keeping going and surviving at least the spirit of the film.

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I think that there’s another factor at play here though as with Dermot as he goes after Jim and his daughter for trying to escape their group there are cliques that have risen in this apocalyptic world that you almost feel more sorrier for the undead because you should be able to go where you want at the end of the world.

More of a reflective atmosphere this isn’t a great film but it definitely has better acting and I enjoyed this film better than it’s predecessor again I get that obsessed atmosphere with Dermot’s group funny how they were talking people would come when they forced some of their own to return not a very welcoming atmosphere…

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Ultimately I enjoyed the film definitely recommend it to horror enthusiasts it’s not a fast paced film again but I feel it works to set the story line and certainly enough for the gore enthusiast so well done!

I’m looking forward to future projects from Emir so hopefully you’ll be bringing a third installment I’d be interested in seeing if you could certainly pick up the speed I do like you do have an edge. Enjoy!

Starring Mirela Ajdimovski as Zombie, Michael Balch as Dermot, Rob Bickert III as Zombie, Linda Bickert as Zombie, Madelyn Bruno as Survivor, Tyler Cheman as Leland, Mitch Cochran as
Nick, Jamie Colby as Zombie, Nicholas Duerr as Marlow, Katherine Fudge as Survivor, Leah Glendenning as Zombie, Michelina Houlihan as Survivor, John Karyus as Zombie, Amira Keeton as
Alissa, Damien Keeton as Jim, Kain Kinsley as Zombie, Bethann Kosowski as
Zombie, Robin Lalisse as Zombie, Justin Majderich as Lyle, Joshua McDonald as
Jack, Devon Metzger as Jill, Lori Dolan Meyer as Peggy, Jose Rivera as Steve, Rich Ruiz as Tom, Krystal Shenk as Miranda, Nicole Skalonja as Becky, Bill Smith as
Zombie, Amy Walek as Cecilia, Joshua Weir as Zombie, Zachary Weir as Zombie, Nathaniel William Wilkins as Father.

 

Things get even stranger as Movies Galore checks out director Stuart Wheeldon’s Short film sequel to “In Limbo” called “The Telephone” from 2017!

Written by David Strege

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In 2014 director Stuart Wheeldon from the U.K. of Nine Ladies Films began a trilogy of short films that introduced us to a strange creature called the “beck” in the first film “In Limbo.”

Returning to this world that he’s created is Nigel Barber as Max… Max appears to be involved in creating a form of a painting using splatter art… while obviously being a little in his own world almost mad I would say…

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I would also say we are introduced to another man Richard (Deegan) who has apparently returned to some rooms that appear to be haunted by the spirit of a woman he’s lost…

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Both men have an agenda, both are insane.  Both have a connection to a constantly ringing telephone… and one will pay a price but whom…

I think that Stuart Wheeldon has definitely pulled through on this sequel as I helped contribute to it so maybe I may be a little biased but I still wanted to write something up about this.

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I think that Nigel Barber was a great choice to play Max as his performance was eerily creepy and spot on insane as well as the darkly played Journalist Richard played by Bernard Deegon.

I think the story line is intriguing and will make the audience wonder where it is going. I enjoyed the film and recommend it for horror fans.

I’m extremely proud to know this director and look forward to future efforts!

Starring Nigel Barber as Max, James Cullen as Newspaper Victim 1, Rachel Prince as Jane, Bernard Deegan as Richard, Magnus William Hansen as
Newspaper Victim 3, Elizabeth Matterson as Newspaper Victim 2.

 

In a post-apocalyptic world Movies Galore takes a look at Director Trey Shults feature “It Comes At Night” from 2017!

Written by David Strege

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Brought to us by distribution company A24 and directed by Animal Kingdom productions director Trey Edwards Shults is a somewhat post apocalyptic world set in a some what plagued world although you don’t exactly find out what “It” really is…

I’ll explain… the film begins with a death I’m assuming a grandfather of the family living in this somewhat abandoned looking property all boarded up…

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Only one way in or out was th limited food supply Paul (Edgerton) provides and protects his family.  Now not that I’m trying to be racial or anything but there is a woman and her teenage son, Sarah (Eljogo) and Travis (Harrison Jr.)  whom are African American and Paul is white but that’s not really part of the story line just something I noticed….

I think the actor that stands out to me was  Kelvin Harrison Jr. He pulled off a vulnerability and an innocence that for much of his life must have been locked up  inside this house away from this plague for sometime…

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This is also a home invasion-like film as a man named Will (Abbott) attempts to break in… as it turns out after tying Will up over night and questioning him we find out the Will has a wife and Son, Kim (Keough) and Andrew (Faulkner) so Paul ventures out agreed upon between Sarah and himself to invite the family into their home as they have food that they don’t have…

As with most films these days it was very slow in the telling of its story… there is an event that happens which separates the two families emotionally and ultimately I think and feel this film boils down to trust…

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Once you trust someone you stick together you don’t just pull away to deal with the situation that way but I also think that the point of the film was missed by myself was it about the drama, was it about the plague? Did Travis survive?

Im in the middle on this one on the one hand I was really enjoying the story but the end kinda went quickly choppy and confused the heck out of me so I’m not sure I’d recommend seeing this film as it was and seemed unfinished and choppy.

I guess I enjoyed it but I was left feeling that it was only part of a movie….

Starring Joel Edgerton as Paul, Christopher Abbott as Will, Carmen Ejogo as Sarah, Riley Keough as Kim, Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Travis, Griffin Robert Faulkner as Andrew, David Pendleton as
Bud, Mikey as Stanley, Chase Joliet as
Man #1, Mick O’Rourke as Man #2.

 

In The City That Never Sleeps… Movies Galore takes a look at director J. Antonio’s debut “Night Job” from 2017!

Written by David Strege

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In November from Sacred 9 Film director J. Antonio from New York decided to make a film based on some true life stories in the life of doormen… coming from his own experiences as well…

The film starts out with James (Torres) as a young man on his first night as night watchmen of a high rise.

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The first thing I enjoyed about the film is that the majority of the film was in black n White the second is how many of the people acting seemed like real people.

There were certainly some odd characters coming and going including one actor “Timothy Cox” I knew of whose played in a short film called “Here Lies Joe” I’d seen and written about before….

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I also think this film is all about the hopes and dreams of the many people whom either notice James or do not as there are many people in these types of positions that never get credit for what they do….

Just like your local bartender and you r dentist become your therapist in a sence so can your door man… with as many situations that happen to James and the band of night people whom end up being there for him when at first they were insulting to him at first….

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I really don’t want to say too much more but this film was entertaining and I believe biographical and totally recommend those that haven’t seen this film go see it I enjoyed it as a fresh Breath of air.

I think this was a very honest night of the crazy that can happen on a regular basis in The as they say city that never sleeps but doesn’t mean that it isn’t strange…. espesially when an exorcism is involved…

Starring Jason Torres as James, Larese King as George, Marlene as Dog in lobby, Michael Silbert as Man walking his dog, Bonnie Garroway Lowen as Business Woman, Kutcha as Julio, Lori Hamilton as
Ellen, Tim Farrell as Young Man, Samantha Connolly as Young Woman, Robert Youngren as Priest, Lester Greene as DVD Vendor, Brandon J. Shaw as
Apartment 718, Greg Kritikos as Romeo, John Cencio Burgos as Delivery man, Steven L. Coard as Mark, Timothy J. Cox as
Mr. Jones, Stanley Madi as Chris (as Sofiane Madi), Charles Smith Jr. as Arnold, Henry Calle as Cop 1, Mario Londono as Cop 2, Sabrina Dandridge as Giselle, Ismaël Sy Savané as Locksmith, Hardy Calderon as Clerk, Jose Espinal as Eddie, Monikha Reyes as Young Woman, Aleka Hart as Apartment 812, Anna Bakunova as Apartment 912, Laeticia De Valer as
Kelly, Chris Tangredi as Taxi Driver, Morgan Page as Mariel, Joshua Williams as Andrew, Una Petrovic as Charlene, Danyelle Demchock as Jessie, Jorge Luis Figueroa as Charlene’s Boyfriend, Bettina Skye as Stella, Carmen Borla as Olivia, Larissa Santiago as Rosemary, Arlene Castillo as Carmella, Adam P. Murphy as
Con Man, John V. Caetano as Driver, Shanae Christine Harris as Psychic / Josephine, Stacey Weckstein as Catherine, Brignel Camilien as Homeless man, Vincent Ford as Newspaper Man, John Torres as Carlos, Shennel Moody as
Partygoer, Katherine Nardone as Partygoer, Uliana Klepinina as Girl 2, Justin Joseph as Partygoer, Sophia Chester as Partygoer, Ramzi Chahal as Partygoer.