4 items from 2015
In 2008, actor and filmmaker Christopher Denham wrote and directed what’s still one of the more underrated films in the contemporary phenomenon of Pov horror. That film, Home Movie, was an eerie, intimate and ghastly account of two children terrorizing their parents. Since, Denham has been seen in the likes of Sound of My Voice,…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Although the logline may suggest yet another variation on the “Most Dangerous Game” playbook — hunters become prey during an out-of-season visit to a nature preserve — “Preservation” ultimately impresses as an arrestingly suspenseful thriller that takes clever narrative twists and turns while moving through familiar territory. It’s difficult to give writer-director Christopher Denham full credit for his ingenuity without spoiling at least two genre-tweaking surprises. But respectful reviews and favorable word of mouth could help this small-budget indie not just survive but thrive in various platforms.
Even during the leisurely paced expository scenes, Denham suggests undercurrents of trepidation while constructing his setup and introducing his three main characters: Sean (Pablo Schreiber), a tightly coiled Afghanistan War vet who seems intent on drinking away bad memories; Mike (Aaron Staton), his workaholic businessman brother, who remains inextricably attached to his smartphone even during a weekend getaway; and Wit (Wrenn Schmidt), Mike’s wife, »
- Joe Leydon
Nickelodeon star Jack Griffo has joined the cast of “Those Left Behind,” an indie movie starring Daphne Zuniga (“Melrose Place”), Michael Hogan (“Battlestar Galactica”), Debra Mooney (“Everwood”) and Coby McLaughlin (“Parenthood”), TheWrap has learned.
Upon returning to her childhood home with her son to see her ailing mother, Shelly (Zuniga) must confront the demons of her past in order »
- Jeff Sneider
Christopher Denham's Preservation is a violent yet agreeably goofy throwback to the survival-in-the-woods genre, with shades of Southern Comfort, Deliverance, and even The Blair Witch Project (though it's not found-footage, thank goodness). Heading into a closed nature preserve for a weekend of shooting at four-legged animals are recent war veteran Sean (Pablo Schreiber), his brother Mike (Mad Men's Aaron Staton, continuing to have awful luck on camping trips), and Mike's wife, Wit (Wrenn Schmidt), a vegan anesthesiologist who doesn't care for killing, nor how Pablo brings out Mike's latent nozzlehood. They wake to find their stuff is gone, X's marked on their foreheads, and that they're being hunted by an indeterminate number of bad »
4 items from 2015
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