A hopeful young starlet uncovers the ominous origins of the Hollywood elite and enters into a deadly agreement in exchange for fame and fortune.
I didn’t know what to expect from this one, the “the things people do for fame” story line isn’t typically one that grabs me, but I decided to give it ago. I mean, I review horror movies so I suppose there’s even part of me that feels like I was obliged to watch it. Anyways, enough about my delusions of granduer regarding this website… Let’s talk about the movie.
So, first off we have a pretty good lead actor in this one. Alex Essoe does a great job, and I have to say, I really hope she does more work that results in her being bald. She looks absolutely phenomenal bald, and I realize that might be a shallow or superficial thing to talk about but… the woman is stunning. Anyways, the whole cast is actually incredibly believable as a group of young aspiring actors and film makers. They really seemed to capture the essence of taking yourself too seriously, and at times being downright wretched to your competition. Even if your competition is your friends.
It was a little bit unclear at certain points in the story, as the rules of the …cult that our heroine finds herself in don’t seem very clear, and it becomes a little bit convuluted but at the same time, it sort of works. It does capture this real and intense desire to be famous that is shared by many of the characters in the movie. Particulary Sarah (Essoe) who seems to give in pretty quickly once she feels her success is guaranteed.
Once she begins her rebirthing process, there is something about that part of the movie that felt alot like another movie I quite enjoyed called Contracted (which is on Netflix, and I recommend you check out). As Sarah falls apart and becomes more and more overtaken, it definitely has a similar feeling to that movie. Not wanting to spoil to much of the movie, I will say that it builds quite slowly and then really explodes into some insanely violent scenes in the end. So, give it some time.
This appears to be the first big(ish) movie from writer/directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer. They did a pretty good job with this one, and for a smaller movie it really delivers some amazing effects and a pretty watchable movie. I do look forward to seeing what comes next for these guys.
Over all thus movie packs a pretty solid punch, and has a relatively interesting story to tell about fame, and the lengths people will go to have it. Especially in a time when it seems like most people just want to be famous for being famous so they can … be famous. A worthwhile little movie to check out, so why not do that?
FINAL GRADE : B