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John Carchietta’s provocative thriller “Teenage Cocktail” starts out simple enough: Annie (Nichole Bloom), an unassuming 17-year-old girl, is struggling to fit in at a new high school. Suddenly, she becomes smitten with a beautiful dancer named Jules (Fabianne Therese), who takes Annie on her first walk on the wild side. Then Carchietta takes the film into lurid territory when Jules reveals that she is a webcam model and asks Annie to go on camera with her so they can get enough money to run off to New York together. Annie bites the forbidden fruit, leading her into an encounter with a dangerous. »
- Jeremy Fuster
Over this past weekend, John Carchietta’s Teenage Cocktail premiered as part of the 2016 SXSW Film Festival and Daily Dead was able to chat with the up-and-coming director as well as two of the film’s stars, Nichole Bloom and Fabianne Therese. Here’s what they had to say about their experiences collaborating together on the project, working with co-star Pat Healy, and keeping the film’s story true to the teenage experience:
What I appreciated the most about Teenage Cocktail is that no one here is a true villain; everyone is just incredibly flawed, but in a wholly realistic way. What was it that you both saw in the characters of Jules and Annie that really spoke to you, either as women or as performers?
Nichole Bloom: When I first read the script, I was under consideration for Fabi’s role [Jules], so I read it differently, but also in reading it, »
- Heather Wixson
In his directorial debut Teenage Cocktail, director John Carchietta examines the plight of best friends Annie (Nichole Bloom) and Jules (Fabianne Therese), who just want to get out of their small town and move to California. Nothing is off the table, including webcam modeling, which places the adventurous young women in danger. In advance of the film’s premiere at SXSW, Dp Justin Kane talked about his work on the project, going deep into the technical aspects. Filmmaker: How and why did you wind up being the cinematographer of your film? What were the factors and attributes that led to your being […] »
- Scott Macaulay
There’s a beauty in the way that Carchietta (and co-writers Sage Bannick/Chris Sivertson/Amelia Yokel) balance pretty-in-pink teenage crushing with warm, comforting relationship notes, with the added bonus of being a twisted obsession thriller. Because that’s what teenage wilds are all about, right? Hormones, brash decisions, devoted love, thoughts of independence, and the truly dangerous cocktail those emotional factors form – something a bartender might call “Your Chaotic Childhood.” Carchietta understands this insanity, and leads viewers on a sensual journey with a wicked sense of danger. This is a story about love, and the crazy fucking shit we do in its name.
Nichole Bloom stars as Annie, a typical teen who develops a not-so typical crush on her dance-loving classmate, »
- Matt Donato
"...feeling confined by their small town and overbearing parents, 'Annie' and 'Jules' hatch a scheme of running away.
"But as the girls soon find out, consequences can blindside you..."
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- Michael Stevens
While it may not necessarily be a horror movie, Teenage Cocktail popped up on my radar due to the talent involved. Co-writer/director John Carchietta, who previously worked on the underrated The Hills Run Red, makes quite a statement with his directorial debut that hypnotically explores the dangers of Internet culture and how some teenagers’ narrow senses of judgment can have huge ramifications.
Teenage Cocktail follows Annie (Nichole Bloom), who has recently been transplanted into a new neighborhood and school, causing her to feel unsure about who she wants to be and how she fits into the world. She’s immediately drawn to her fellow classmate Jules (Fabianne Therese), a bit of a free spirit who flitters about with a sense of reckless abandon (ah, to be young!). The pair start off as friends, but over time their relationship evolves into something more intimate than sleepover buddies, and we see »
- Heather Wixson
Annie (Nichole Bloom) is starting at a new high school, but she’s only part way through her first day when an altercation earns her time with the principal (A.J. Bowen) and a disappointment-filled ride home with her mom (Michelle Borth). The only bright spot, and the only thing destined to make school worthwhile, is a chance meeting with Jules (Fabianne Therese). The two teens hit it off as friends and maybe something more — Annie likes girls, Jules is flexible on the subject — and it’s not long before the duo are planning to escape their little town and head for New York City. Running away doesn’t come cheap, and when Annie discovers Jules is moonlighting as a web cam girl the two begin working together to earn even more cash. It’s innocent enough at first — “One time I took a nap?” says Jules. “Made $120.” — but that all changes when they cross paths with »
- Rob Hunter
Sexy, dark thriller gets teaser and poster. On the cusp of its SXSW premiere, director John Carcheitta’s webcam romance turned violent thriller Teenage Cocktail just dropped its official festival poster and kinetic, sexy teaser trailer. Shameless’ Nichole Bloom and Starry Eyes‘ Fabianne Therese star as Annie and Jules, a pair of young…
The post Festival Teaser, Poster Revealed for Dark Romantic Thriller Teenage Cocktail appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Chris Alexander
It’s hard to believe that another South by Southwest Film Festival is almost upon us, and this year’s lineup is yet another stellar collection of indie films, shorts, documentaries and experiential projects from all over the world. As we prepare to bring our readers extensive coverage over the next week from Austin, here’s a look at the 11 genre-related films and TV shows we’re excited to check out during the festival, which begins on Friday, March 11th.
[Writer’s Note: During Sundance 2016, this writer had the privilege of covering two great genre films: Under the Shadow from Babak Anvari and Mickey Keating’s Carnage Park. Since I had the chance to catch both of these films back in January, I decided it wouldn’t be fair to include them here in my preview piece (however, genre fans attending SXSW should definitely check out both films during the fest, as they are equally incredible).]
Festival Synopsis: From Blumhouse, the film tells the story of a drifter named Paul who arrives in a small town, seeking revenge on the thugs who murdered his friend. Sisters Mary Anne and Ellen, who run the town’s hotel, help Paul in his quest for vengeance. Cast: Ethan Hawke, Taissa Farmiga, James Ransone, Karen Gillan, John Travolta (World Premiere)
- Heather Wixson
Stars: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Chad Villella, Hannah Marks, Fabianne Therese, Nathalie Love, Mather Zickel, David Yow, Tipper Newton | Written and Directed by Radio Silence, Roxanne Benajmin, David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath
Southbound opens and closes with Radio Silence’s The Way Out and The Way In (in that order). A book-ending tale that introduces us to two men on the run, being chased across the desert by ethereal, skeletal grim reapers from which there is no escape. Especially when the pair stop at a gas station… We return to the same tale for the closer, discovering why the pair are on the run and why they are being haunted. Radio Silence’s opener The Way Out really sets the tone for the rest of the film, »
- Phil Wheat
What with the inferior “V/H/S Viral” having possibly run that hitherto enjoyable franchise aground, some “V/H/S” alumni plus a few newcomers try a different direction with “Southbound.” This entertaining-enough quartet of loosely interwoven terror tales falls right into the middle ground of horror omnibuses, with no outright duds but no truly memorable (or scary) segments either. Pic opens Feb. 5 in New York and Los Angeles, with another 30 or so theatrical rollouts currently booked after its VOD launch on Feb. 9; it should do well with genre fans in various formats.
The primary link among these suspense stories is that they all happen on or near a desolate stretch of desert road. (There’s also a minor connective thread in the audio-only form of Larry Fessenden channeling Wolfman Jack as a regional broadcast DJ.) In the Radio Silence troupe’s wraparound, “The Way Out/The Way In,” two »
- Dennis Harvey
11 items from 2016
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