A Scary Film That Tries.. And Delivers

Had you only seen the way I conducted myself in this blog earlier this year, one would’ve realized how morbid I could get. The many writings of this post are definitely adhered to such things as pain and suffering. Not to say I’m a sadist, I just love Quentin Tarantino. And on behalf of the Tarantino inside me, I would like to tell you guys about Red Scream Films LLC.

Nope, Tarantino is not connected to this outfit, but you can tell just by the title they’re catered to the horror movie genre. They’ve had a film release already called “Prison of the Psychotic Damned” and I think it’s a worthy movie. The movie goes for the indie approach reminiscent of The Blair Witch Project. But I should tell you, this is not a Hollywood film so should probably be a little more considerate with your expectations. The film tries ..and delivers.

Writer-producer David R. Williams’s script follows a group of five people who arrive at a haunted railway terminal to spend the night. Led by Rayna, a documentary filmmaker, the group includes psychic Aurora; cameraman Joe; naïve oddball Nessie; and Kansas, a deeply troubled woman whose past resonates with the history of the terminal. Rayna and her colleagues are there to document paranormal activity, but they get more than they bargain for when the terminal’s ghosts attack and begin killing the group off one by one. The premise of terrorizing an ensemble in an isolated location has been a staple of horror films at least since 1932’s The Old Dark House, and it reached a state of near-perfection in the 1963 version of The Haunting. In the 1970s and beyond, the formula proved especially durable as a basis for action films (Assault on Precinct 13), (John Carpenter’s The Thing) and even haunting political allegory (Walter Hill’s Southern Comfort). What all those films have in common is a collection of compelling characters under attack—an area where Prison of the Psychotic Damned falls a bit short. The first half of the movie is rough going, as the interaction between the victims rarely develops beyond repetitive arguments, and the cast rarely clicks together as an ensemble.(SOURCE)

Here’s my extra 10cents. Being a writer myself, I believe that the story is the single most important part of the film. I might have been the result of this bias that I did not fully get into the story. You see, I believe it to be necessity to separate writing for oneself as opposed to writing for the audience. It becomes a bore when one is pushed to understand the writer instead of the writer giving the audience’s needs. I’m not saying the story was bad, but that’s how the story came off. I’m certain it was a collective effort on the production team to do the best that they can. I guess they just fell short in trying to give personas to their characters, because I somehow didn’t buy it. You can prove me right or wrong by checking it out. But apart from being another critic, I would rather just tell you to enjoy it.

You may rent the films through Netflix or from select stores both online and offline.

The company also has several other films in the works, and if Frightworld and Icy Vampyres sounds good to you, I think you should totally check it out. The company is fairly new but I think it is very well conceptualized and I wish it could be pushed into the mainstream by the people behind it. Kudos to them.

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