Brought To Us by MSR Studios which is in fact run by director Michael S Rodriguez I bring to you three short films from his Twisted mind that I wanted to describe and share with you because recently I wrote up a documentary involving Gora Chand Saha called Gora: The Man and the Legend directed by Heidi Moore which was an interesting documentary about this man from India who had had no acting experience but was really serious about getting into the film business and somehow along the way Mr. Rodriguez said okay and fulfilled this very excited an animated man’s dream as he was so thankful for getting a part no matter how small. now I had said in my review That because of how animated he is it was hard for me to take anything that he was saying seriously but I believe that that is exactly how he talks, over annunciating everything and making it seem like in a sense things are an adventure to him so in a sense he is telling his story of his life but spending it into an Arabian tale of his own… When I looked up what Gora had been in that he had been so excited about it turns out that he was part of Michael S Rodriguez’s short film Night of the Sea Monkey: A Disturbing Tale from 2013.
So the film begins during what we believe is the Cold War as President Reagan is on the tube we have a family of O’Connor’s a mother and a father and three children one older boy Clay, one younger Toby, and a teenager girl Audrey And Toby the youngest asks his daddy if he can buy a sea creature for a dollar 25.
So the child does and 6 weeks later an envelope shows up. After doing everything right a feeding and following the instructions Toby gets frustrated and his mother dumps the sea creatures down the kitchen sink So in a sense this is getting a Alligator 80s kind of vibe. You can tell that Rodriguez knows how to tell a story for shortly after his mother flushed the sea creature down the sink his father, told him a story of why they never have pets, About a Pit Bull Terrier named Tibby who had the unfortunate incident of being accused of attacking an old bad of a neighbor so he had to take the dog into the woods tie her up and shoot her himself…
Meanwhile the family is grandmother played by legendary scream Queen Lynn Lowry is on her way over for dinner. while the father was telling the story it would appear that the sea creature Grew from the telling of the story of mishap.
this is when things start to go wrong Grandma O’Connor is making suggestions about grandbabies from Audrey and little Toby wants to play Checkers with her and even though the mother wants little Toby to help her with the dishes grandma makes a point that that is the woman of the houses responsibility and tells little Toby to go set the board up. meanwhile Clay the older boy is supposed to escort some ladies to a party and Audrey makes the excuse that she is supposed to meet up with a man for a protest when it’s really to get out of the house and Shag…
When mother O’Connell walks into the kitchen and over to the sink she sticks her hand inside the water and gets bitten, she’s thinks nothing out of it and goes back over to the water and what looks like tentacles rise up out of the water and suck her right down into the synk… when little Toby walks in. while this is happening Grandma O’Connell is watching what looks like an infomercial and several TV shows which star Gora that man from India that I mentioned earlier, drama, and a karate movie while Grandma seems to be Having a ghostly conversation with dead gramps… we then see what looks like Audrey preparing herself after she’s taking a pill for a Lover’s embrace when it looks like she was attacked. Finally the father gets out of the shower and is told that the mother has been attacked by the sea creature and that it has grown into something big and something scary and who knows who else that it hasn’t eaten…
I really like this film as well It has an ice buildup a great little story line and characters that act lunatic like all the right recipe for a really bad but so good be ish kind of movie. I love that the acting I loved the creature. This was an all-around fun film. if this film sounds at all like something that you would enjoy then I would say definitely seek the film out if you can find a copy and I certainly would recommend this film to other horror fans as well. I like that much of the creature is suggestive the two red eyes underneath the bed Sheets was a classic move.
Here is the trailer:
Starring in Night of the Sea Monkey A Disturbing Tale: Lynn Lowry as Grandma O’Connor, Joe Mannetti as Don O’Connor, Rob Edwards as Sheriff, Caitlin Herst as Audrey O’Connor, Tyler Gallant as Johnny, Stacie Stocker as Carrol O’Connor, Pat Giglio as Deputy, Sean Laguna as Toby O’Connor, Richard ‘R.J.’ Markham as Clay O’Connor, Gora Chand Saha as Henny Ben, Ronald Reagan as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited).
Working with Deep Murder Productions with his own Studio Michael Rodriguez filmed at this short film called Lamb Feed in 2014. We have a man who is driving and talking on the phone with his significant other as he is breaking up with her even though he is the one with the infidelity problems… because he is so busy talking on the phone he does not realize in the dark that someone has put a piece of wood with spikes in the road apparently to stop being vehicles…
So the man gets out, realizes that he has a flat, finds the piece of wood that gave him the flat and begins to walk. soon we see a video surveillance camera except from of you that would probably be from the person behind the camera whoever it may be. Now as he stumbled along he found himself in front of an abandoned building and walking somewhere around the corner from this building he ran into a character by the name of Reverend Wicker played by Michael Wainwright who told the young man that he was expected and that there was a party going on that he calls the Lamb Feed where while there a character introduced himself and spoke of something called the yearning this character is the Reverend’s Pa and is none other than the legendary sadist Arch Hall Jr. he definitely pulls off a creepy vibe.
Given some kind of hallucinatory drug in a drink on his way in so young man starts to see images love sex violence and other imagery that can only be depicted as some kind of Madness as he joins some women on a dance floor and as he becomes more drugged a crowd begins to gather around him and one of the women goes away and comes back dragging a man in Chains known as the butcher played by Robert Allen Mukes who also played in one other fucked-up family cannibal film called House of a Thousand Corpses. I think he was there to be big and bad and mean looking like one ugly son of a bitch, there to be a presence and a name. Ultimately the young man was chained up and became apart of the celebration.
I really enjoyed the short film it’s not exactly a feature and it’s definitely got more suggestive Gore and definitely has that play on Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Herschel Gordon Lewis’s Blood Feast going on with a Twist of the fact that this man that they were sacrificing was kind of a dick So in a sense you almost want him to die. I like the fact that they brought one old-school player and a few names into the mix and I wouldn’t have minded seeing more from these deluded townfolks.
I am absolutely addicted to films that are Unapologetic even though the director apologized if he offends anyone I believe that this short film kind of went No Holds Barred I would have to say that this is one of the better short films that I have seen that have some what of a Grindhouse feel to it and anyone who is a horror fan that is out there should definitely seek the sperm out if they can find a copy. I will recommend this film to see if you have not.
Here is the Trailer:
Mukes as The Butcher, Tyler Gallant as Johnny Law, Michael Wainwright as Rev Wicker, Meghan Chadeayne as Lana, Scott Geiter as Narrator Gruesome Hertzogg, Artour Pagosian as Dreadlox, Kaci Hansen as Barmaid, Melanie Robel as The Fiance, Catherine Miguel as Jump rope girl, Luke Church as Mitchell Barnes, Luke Church as Mitchell Barnes.
The third film that I want to discuss is called Terror Train at Station Thirteen filmed in 2017 somewhat recently… The film is set in the future of 3017 Out in deep space…
A system on a ship has detected a problem with the cargo bay doors So they must stop and at an abandoned Post On Halloween night…
We have a captain what seems to be his first mate a few crew a cook and a ship scientist the captain being still on the control room or Bridge, it doesn’t seem like much of the crew hold any kind of respect for him but they have found a creature that might have been clinging to the cargo bay doors it seems to be dormant and laying on the table looking like it’s got some kind of a shell with tentacles lying around. The scientist makes a claim that it may be possible that the creature could solve hunger possibly in some 3rd world country so it could be a major breakthrough if they studied it.
While the crew and the scientist we’re arguing about what to do the creature became alive and sent out its tentacles killing three of the crew, I was told by the director beforehand but this was his Ode to films of the like that Rodger Corman might have made and Aliens and I believe that he was right that this definitely had a Sci-Fi send up to films like Alien for that film really had an impact on how Science fiction creatures in horror films really look. now the short film was definitely done on a moderately low budget. I did feel kind of a slow pace but the pace did pickup in the end though really short I don’t think it was a bad creature effect that was portrayed I mean I wish it could have been just a little bit longer so that we could see what happened to the crew entirely but again here with everything was suggestive, and I do like that there was no real happy ending that it left you thinking that there were no survivors. Out of the actors I will remember the woman who played Winger the most for the way she looked in the end, I will also remember the way the cook. Died but the rest of the crew except for the scientist will remain to me background characters.
I do on the one hand I believe that this short film could be worked on Into a possible feature But I don’t really think that this film was made to be more than the length that it is for I do really believe that it is definitely heavily influenced by that of Aliens. I thought the background wasn’t too bad I know that the ship was at least the outside was CGI and what looked like space those were a little corny but you have to remember that this is a small budget and enjoy it for the ride that it takes you on. I enjoyed the film for what it was and I hope that other fans of this genre will take that into consideration when they are viewing this film. Again if this sounds like a film that You would entirely watch them I suggest that you seek the film out if you can of course this film may still be making the festival circuit but regardless it wasn’t a bad film and you should cut him some slack it looks really well for the low budget that it was.
Here is an Outtake from the Film:
Starring in Terror At Station Thirteen: Jonathan Tierstan As Captain Strike, Lian Langford as Winger, Tyler Gallant as Dr. Welch, Tino Zamora as Trux, Cesar Ramos Zamora as Rico, Lonnie Pelley as Rogers, Ben Montoya as Mother.
Written by David Strege
Brought To Us by Cheevies Films director Derek Braasch before I delve into reviewing his film Murder by Pleasure I decided to check out his earlier short films on up to his newest since I have already reviewed his film The Icing which was also distributed buy a Legless Corpse Films at one point in time.I’m not going to go into any particular order like I sometimes do but I shall try to describe these films the best that I can and if I have no opinion about them I will give it.
The first film that I am introducing you all to is called The Lazy Werewolf from 2016. the beginning of the film we see a man growling behind a werewolf mask… There’s really not a lot that I can say about this film except that it is filmed in black and white, I’m not even sure if I can say that it was really any good but it was a little humorous Where we had a not so skinny man in the mask running around and scaring families and people who had food so that he could just eat their things, running into McDonald’s only to growl at people. I guess you could say that this was also a play on Rocky a love for the Fighting Champion played by Sylvester Stallone For there was a moment where it seemed the wolf was attempting to train himself to The Eye of the Tiger.
I found the film to be very corny but I think that this was made as a joke or at least on a personal note to the director made for humorous reasons since this was a mask you could probably pick up in the dollar store and it was plastic so it’s not like there was any effort put into at least finding a mask that was more wolf-like and scary but for some odd reason I enjoyed it. if you enjoy this kind of a film then definitely seek it out if you can.
Starring in The Lazy Werewolf: Mike Miller as Lazy Werewolf, Nina Trader as Adrian, Anthony Michael Pellizzeri as Mickey, Jimmy Shay as Paulie, Henry Frias Leon as Guy with Cookie / camaraman, Ian Ogdon as SMan eating chips / interviwer, Anthony Cooney as Guy outside bar, John Guy as Guy outside bar, Adam Mantoan as Guy Outside Bar, Kandace McVickar as Girl on park bench, David Meyers as Father, Hannah Meyers as Daughter, Robert Meyers as Son, Samantha Meyers as Mother, Mike Miller as The Lazy Werewolf, Sara Jane Sliazas as Shopper.
The second film is called Killer Claus where we have a rent-a-Santa getting a blowjob by a minor and then fired on his way home acute younger chick just laughed at his hat so once this Santa played by John Guy got home he started to talk to himself and concocted an idea that Santa was going to go around and kill people. so he did and choked the life out of a couple giving each other presents, sacked a father on his way to giving a present probably to a child, and even choked grandma… and caned a woman in the shower. At the end of the night when you are the man in red you really don’t know who else might hate you…
Where I felt some of the humor was somewhat lacking in the lazy werewolf I think and feel that the humor was stepped up in here just for the fact that in a short span you got to see quite a few people killed on his spray that’s right Santa Claus cracked. This was a delightfully acted film definitely was filmed on crazy and is entertaining to watch. It was actually really believable too. The acting of the main character I believe was definitely spot on for the type of character that he had to play. If you enjoy this kind of a film then you should definitely seek the film out and enjoy it for yourself. I know this will certainly be one of my favorite shorts from Cheevies Films besides Leaf Blower Massacre.
Starring in Killer Claus: John Guy as Santa, Jessica Rabid as Santa’s little Helper, Helmuth Cote as Bartender, Jamie Cote as Hot girl in car, Emilie Rose Danno as Girlfriend, Mark Yacullo as Boyfriend, Sara Jane Sliazas as Girl in Car, Julie Braasch as Woman Making Cookies, Kandace McVickar as Girl in shower, Mike Vanderbilt as Guy in elevator.
The third film is called Eyes of Deception This was a 48 Hour film project that was filmed in 2017. Ryan Hammersmith played by Anthony Cooney is a man who works a dead-end job for a pest control company. His wife and himself are obviously having problems, and when he comes home from work one night with photos of him with another woman she believes that he has cheated on her. Ryan backtracks and explain to her that it is not what it seems that it wasn’t packed him meeting a travel agent for a trip to Italy for themselves.
As Ryan gives his wife a hug we are witness to a barrage of images where it seems that there is a friend of the wife’s that is sitting in the same bar that her husband went to meet this woman, But we watch what looks like Ryan kissing this woman and even further taking her to a bedroom and making love to her almost like he’s having another relationship entirely… but it’s that image that you see mirrored in his eyes as he hugs his wife the brings about the title of this film.
I thought that this film was brilliant, that brings a very tough subject to the table about the lies that a husband sometimes keeps. I feel like I’ve known a lot of people who have been cheated on myself and sometimes these people that I have known have brought about and done some other things but this film Made it seem like it could go both ways that maybe indeed that he was actually telling the truth, or he was just trying to cover up the truth and continue to have both relationships. I also think possibly that may be the point of the film is how long could a man keep up the lies if there are any. I like the film because it was real and it could really possibly happen. If this sounds like something that you would probably enjoy watching then I would definitely seek this out if you can. I will have to say that this is my third favorite film from Cheevies.
Starring in Eyes of Deception: Nina Trader as Wife, Anthony Cooney as Ryan Hammersmith, Tina Boivin as Mistress, Amber Hajkowicz as Wife’s Friend, Dan Menotti as Bar Patron.
The fourth film that I have here to talk about it’s called T is for Tentacles from 2011 which was originally sent into the ABCs of Death Anthology but was rejected but from that rejection eventually ended up in another anthology called World of Death series put together by Tony Wash which hasn’t quite been released to the public yet.
The film begins with a girl laying on the couch and reading a book and shortly thereafter she is playing with herself in the tub. later as she is laying down in the bed that she sleeps in the camera goes below the bed and we see an octopus in CGI but above the bed we see creature effects of like three or four tentacles that’s strain to reach and grab at her, In a sense the tentacles pin her down and raped her while filling her cavities with white cum-like liquid…
I felt this was exploitation as well as a monster kind of a film, I do give a lot of credit of Derek to use An actress that doesn’t fit the Hollywood Norm where she isn’t exactly a skinny mini which means that he’s not entirely a picky director.
though the tentacles looked fake as all hell I got a kick out of the fact that the chick was actually seeming like she was enjoying the active rape that was going on even though I know that rape is in itself a very tough subject this was definitely intended to be over the top and b-ish. This film had no intention of being serious whatsoever and I think that it was purposely meant to be a what the fuck moment. I enjoyed the film and when it comes out on physical media I will definitely pick it up but it was certainly entertaining to watch it before hand. if this sounds like something that you would definitely watch then I would say Seek it out if you can it was definitely a fun and entertaining short film that you should definitely be on the lookout for I’d recommend it.
Starring in T Is For Tentacles: Caitlin McScandal as The Girl.
The fifth film that I’m going to talk about is called Hernandez filmed in 2012. Leo Trejo stars as Hernandez a man who will work and do anything that means go out to a specific parking lot and wait for a job and it could be anything from going out to the fields to construction work or making a drug deal. on this particular job a man picks him up to take him back to a home and break down all the furniture and all of the toys in a son’s room. the wife of this man is crying and arguing all the time while Hernandez is breaking down the crib Which having the wife in the background sobbing because she didn’t want to get rid of any of this stuff…
when Hernandez stopped and gave the wife a stuffed animal from the box that he was carrying down this was a very emotional moment. after the man and Hernandez finished loading the boxes in the car the man took him back to the parking lot and gave him a stack of bills but then asked if he wanted to make some extra cash and then put his hand on his leg, Hernandez pulled the same knife that he had cut the box to get the stuffed animal from out and slashed the guy and ran from the car…
You know I almost wonder if this film was based on a true story the director and the company Cheevies is from Chicago and there are probably very much still places that do this kind of random job stuff where you just go out stand with a group of men or women and just get picked up by any vehicle to go do any kind of work it doesn’t matter just so long as you get picked And this is quite possibly the first real reality that the director has filmed which kind of surprised me. the directors later films are more towards the horror genre and not as dramatic as you would anticipate. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised But so far I have enjoyed the short films. That have more of a drama going on by Braasch just as much as the horror short films of his that I have been watching. I enjoyed the story behind this and if you enjoy this kind of film then I would definitely say go and seek this out. I found the I paid more attention to the reality of the situation.
Starring in Hernandez: Nick Bender as John, Nina Trader as Claudette, Leo Trejo as Hernandez, Mike Vanderbilt as Chewy, Patrick O’Sullivan as Laborer, Kevin Braasch as Laborer, Mark Sartain as Laborer, Chris Pasco Jr. as Laborer, Caitlin McScandal as Laborer, Teri Xex as Laborer, Jacob Baxter as Baby boy.
The Sixth film that I am going to talk about is nothing really special I mean granite it seems that a relatively overweight man is dolling up a woman everyday which means, he picks the clothes, the makeup and seems to treat her like she is just one big human doll. I mean he does go to work and he does seem to have affection for her and her to him especially when she looks down while he’s laying on her lap.
when the man goes to sleep she wakes up and then goes to the bathroom Has a cigarette and washes the makeup off and I assume that this all just happens again the next day when the man wakes up but you don’t see much after this. I feel like this film could have had more I hate to say this but I wish there was more to the story I kind of felt like I was missing something. the acting wasn’t too terrible I mean you could tell the woman was breathing but the director was definitely trying to make it look like she was in fact at a doll at least I think so I guess it was definitely amusing to see this attempted. I enjoyed the film for what it was but was kind of expecting more…
If this film is something that sounds like something that you would watch then definitely try to see the film out. I on the other hand think the film could have been or had added more humor or just something else I’m not exactly sure what but if watching this film floats your boat then have it.
Starring in She’s A Doll: Jillian Jayde Hastings as Woman, Patrick O’Sullivan as Man.
So the 7th film that I want to discuss is called The Clown Dies At Midnight filmed in 2017. In the beginning of the film we have a boy who is having a birthday party but no one is age has showed up so you feel kind of sorry for this little boy but where is a drunken clown called Marbles (DeBartolo) that has been hired to cheer him up. Now all the the Clown did was kind of show the kid how to make a dog out of a balloon I kind of liked this Clown because he wasn’t exactly political correct there were some dirty things that he said that he probably shouldn’t have said in front of the kid but ultimately it’s his advice in the end that’s trying to play through towards the end of the film. DeBartolo was great and I will remember him in the role…
So ultimately we see the kid grown up dressed like a clown, so this clown is jerking off while he is placing bids at different locations. When it’s time to pay up Two mobster factions show up on the same night and one ends up killing the other two mob guys. I like the character that the kid has grown into he’s kind of got a dirty sense of humor so when the one mob guy kills the other two mobsters, he has to still kill the Clown so he takes the clown down to a funeral home where he gets to pick out his own casket what about when the mob Hitman is about to stick him with a syringe that’ll put him out of his misery, is about when the clown escapes and uses a slingshot and marbles to get away. And just like in Killer Claus the use of a blowjob falls into play as an ice cream man and his girlfriend end up running over the clown in question…
I actually felt this film was great, personally I love clowns and for some reason this short film really resonates on a humorous level at least to me but kind of with a Goodfellas approach it’s like I was seeing Joe Pesci in a clown suit in a sense but as you can see you see Anthony Cooney the director of Leaf Blower Massacre as the funeral director guy so I don’t really think that the mob is connected with the film in general but it was definitely a comical approach And almost a Lucky Number Slevin type vibe.
I like the acting and the storyline so if I had to put any of these short films in a 1 to 10 kind of frame not that I am because I think that is degrading but I would put the film very high up there as one of my favorites. if this film sounds like something that you would enjoy watching I would definitely say Seek this film out I assume that it is getting a DVD release somewhere down the road or something to that effect but as it is relatively newer I would believe that it is still running the festival circuit. The film was entertaining and I would certainly recommend it.
Starring in The Clown Dies At Midnight: Jimmy Shay as Clown, Tony Marino as Carlo, Joe DeBartolo as Marbles, Dave Sylvester as Salvino, Mike Miller as Big Paulie, Matthew Bender as Dad, Pamela Bender as Mom, Anthony Cooney as Dennis, Christopher Ketza Coyne as Clown as Kid, Derek Braasch as Ice Cream Truck Driver, Portia Chellelynn as Hooker, Brian Broscoe as Bookie (VO).
The 8th film that I wanted to discuss is called Mentis filmed in 2017 as well. So for some reason I really like this Chicago actor Tony Marino play the mob Hitman in The Clown Dies At Midnight short film that I had talked about previously as well as The Icing which there again he played a Hitman I believe as well either that or an FBI agent regardless I like his sense of humor. In this short film we have him playing a man by the name of Frank who waitresses at a restaurant and then one day a customer played by Ron Fitzgerald another Chicago favorite actor of mine. Who ultimately reveals himself as his Handler as Frank is given a phone that when it rings there is an automated system that says the number or code to activate something within him and what happens is because of these activations he react to situations and ends up killing his boss and a few people that evidently the agency did not intend him to kill but has landed Frank into a mental facility…
Much of the film is narrated by Tony Marino as he is relating the story so that’s what makes this short film a little bit more comical because you don’t exactly expect a Malcolm in the Middle kind of narration with kind of a Dragnet feel. I think the fact that Frank didn’t know that he was an agent in any way shape or form was actually kind of priceless. I didn’t realize that this actor Marino was really that tall at first when he was looking down at DeBartolo who played his Boss who eventually fired him that’s when I realized how tall he was. Also I like how you get to see more screen time of Ron Fitzgerald’s character often times when he has been in films in the past especially in the beginning of his career he would have roles that you could blink and his scenes would go by in a second. But this short film really showcases his professionalism and that he can act really good at least I thought that he pulled off his accent real well. If this sounds like a film that you would definitely go out and see eventually I’m sure this film will stream to the public once it goes through its Festival run and you’ll be able to see it so I would say hunted down when it becomes available to the public. I enjoyed the film it was entertaining and I like to seeing some actors that I was familiar with at least independent wise. Though I do think that Derek should try to find a new face in the future not that I’m trying to get them to stop using Marino but when you start seeing a lot of an actor you start seeing way too much of what he can do and then his acting gets a little blurred so even though I enjoy Marino’s acting he is becoming too familiar I don’t know if you know what I mean but sometimes you need to put a fresh face in even though you have a lot of go to actors you want to see more actors…
Here is the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CszcLAZufg
Starring in Mantis: Tony Marino as Frank Anderson, Joe DeBartolo as Richard, Ron Fitzgerald as Curtis Ventura, Tina Boivin as Jane, Mike Miller as Bodyguard 1, Dan Gill as Bodyguard 2, Patrick O’Sullivan as Cop 1, Jon McLaughlin as Cop 2, Kandace McVickar as Waitress, Meli Kieff as Hostess, Joey Horist as Diner Patron, Marty Horist as Diner Patron, Rosann Pannarale Horist as Diner Patron, Mike Miller As Bodyguard 1, Justin Stroh as Diner Patron, Michelle Stroh as Diner Patron.
The ninth film that I want to talk about is a film called Mutilation Massacre filmed in 2017 as well. so we have a young woman tied to a tree at first we feel that she is the victim but as the film plays out in between while a man mutilates her body parts while he reminds her of their connection…. so apparently we see flashbacks of a family around a birthday party and how a little girl seems to remember her mother and then she is told that her mother has died and she wasn’t ready for her father to move on and then her father met someone and now she wasn’t ready she decided to get rid of her mother but she didn’t just want to stop there.
she literally took her down to the basement and cut off her limbs and did all kinds of lacerations, and then continue down the line family member to family member still no Witnesses were left at least so she thought…
You know something I really enjoyed this film as well we have a character who has no problem severing the limbs this young woman played by DeBartolo in this film he sounds like he could be your next door neighbor he doesn’t even sound creepy that’s the thing but with just his silhouette and he’s in a raincoat he pulls off the creepy rather well, not only is the level of Gore height and in this film which I think was executed professionally but it also heightened the psychological level whereas the film progresses the way that the Killer is describing The acts of violence that the young woman had committed and once he brought her to that level of realization that she had made a mistake a miscalculation which was kind of awesome because this was a revenge film that was also probably more honest it could almost be considered Law Abiding Citizen-like except violence does not beget violence it never does it feels good at the time but there is always consequences.
I will remember DeBartolo’s voice here in the end and I will also remember the flashbacks I thought that the director did a good job on executing the puzzle pieces involved with connecting all the pieces together because when you start with a victim who ends up being the Killer in the end it’s kind of like you don’t know which side to be on you’re rooting for both… or whichever feels more Justified.
I definitely enjoyed the film if this sounds like something that you would definitely watch that I would watch for it down the road I for one would like to see this get a DVD release of some sort. I think I will recommend this short film for those of you that are into short films because I really did like this I loved the dark feeling to the film and shows that Derek the director can take films to a darker level and yet as in films like Hernandez and Eyes of Deception he made films that sounded real in those two like it could actually happen this situation could actually happen…
Here is the trailer:
Also take a look at our retrospect of the first seven short films we did on YouTube 😉
Starring in Mutilation Massacre: Pamela Bender as Stephanie, Joe DeBartolo as Bruce, Sara Jane Sliazas as Stephanie, Matthew Bender as Dad, Nina Trader as Mom, Jamie Cote as Marissa Vincent, Emilie Rose Danno as Marissa’s Niece, Jimmy Shay as Marissa’s Son, Henry Frias Leon as Friend at concert, Bill H. Bailey as Marissa’s Brother, Emily Berkowitz as Stephanie at 10 years old, Elysa Zittman as Stephanie at 5 years old, Helmuth Cote as Minister, Ian Ogdon as Detective, Jerry Kavouriaris as Lead singer in band, Brian Fukala as Wedding Party, Dan Menotti as Wedding Party, Julie Braasch as Teacher, Allison Chainz as Wedding Party, Matt Berkowitz as Family member at birthday party.
Written by David Strege
You know something I have to give a lot of credit to the directors over at Launch Over Productions for this next feature that directors Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein Have created in this science fiction drama from 2015 called Magnetic having been distributed by Wildeye Entertainment.
In a sense this is an apocalyptic film besides being somewhat science fiction I’m not exactly sure where to place this film I will only try to describe it in my own words. we are introduced to Alice who has it seems has been evicted from her place of residence she lives in a world knowing that the world will end on December 31st From some catastrophic event. In her mailbox she finds a note that tells her to go to a phone and receive a phone call. from there she is told by a phone call to go out into the middle of nowhere to a mailbox, To be there by a certain time for a message to arrive. Before the message arrives we realized that she was taking some kind of pills she threw them away before she took the job. When she went to the mailbox she received the list to go out to a sheep farm close her eyes count to 10 and to walk to room 404. For several days she is instructed to listen to a tape call these people that are printed out on receipts and tell them that these people have died and where to pick them up from. Not the mention that the instructions are told by electronica music I am definitely a fan of this soundtrack…
I thought it was somewhat comical That the directors would put their names as two of the people that Alice calls to inform them where to pick up their deceased. I feel like I was watching a version of Alice Through the Looking Glass as the Alice that we were introduced to is called up to be told that there is a subliminal message in the tapes that she is listening to and that is she is being controlled, Not only does Allix Mortis play the spider in Alice’s dream Where she thinks she is following a sheep but the spider, which here again reminds me of Alice in Wonderland whereas Alice in Lewis Carroll’s tale she bumbles across a caterpillar instead of a spider, is telling her the sheep was following her, but she is also the woman behind the wig behind the controls that are watching Alice to begin with she is also the woman behind the phone call that wants to switch her place, the woman who tells her that she will need the pills in the future and also probably the person underneath the dog the sheep and the Wolf masks that are at a tea party which is fairly like the very unhappy birthday Tea Party that the Mad Hatter had happen in Alice in Wonderland.
Also even though Alice has been tasked to trade places with the caller that had told her that she was being controlled once she found out that she was just a transferred memory, There were some moments where she was in these pod looking Contraptions that look like hyperspace pods, she was dating some very weird nursery rhyme which I believe might have been in some older films as well. I will have to say that the knowledge of some of the weirdest sayings to be portrayed in this kind of a film is very odd and weird but for some reason it works I mean at times how fast and sing-songy the one version of Alice sounds quite annoying. in the end The film is about magnetic transference and how a group of Sciences I believe because they knew the end of the world was coming they had decided to do some experiments with memories and transfer them to animals and in so doing it appears that they created some type of time travel which is kind of hard to catch because there is a lot going on in the film. But from what I understand many of these scientists have already experienced some odd deaths although there are some names that were definitely quite fake according to one of the versions of Alice.
The part that confuses me is that there is a whole Cult of Alice’s that are banded together to worship this god Osiris or or Ra the Egyptian sun god…. very mysterious it’s like this group of Alice look ailikes are trying to save her memory for the end of the world or at least the memory of mankind.
I would have to say that this film has a very surreal visual dream like quality I’m not sure if I connected all of the dots or understood the film entirely for I believe that this film could be interpretive for someone else could have been interpreted the film entirely a different way but because it is so odd and I have seen the other films that these directors have put together I rather like it for I tend to like the strain the weird. I will say that this is not a film for everyone but if this sounds like a film that you might entertain yourself with definitely check it out if you can this was definitely a trip worth seeing it has me confused…
Here is the Trailer:
Starring Allix Mortis as Alice.