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Writer:
Robert Beaucage (written by)
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Sarah Livingston Evans ... The Girl

Jared Edwards ... Her Boyfriend

Anna-Marie Wayne ... His Sister

Nancy P. Corbo ... Her Girlfriend

Edward Gusts ... Spike
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Directed by
Robert Beaucage 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert Beaucage  written by

Produced by
Robert Beaucage .... executive producer
Devin DiGonno .... producer
Antoinette Peskoff .... co-producer
Erik Rodgers .... line producer
Erik Rodgers .... producer
 
Original Music by
Eric Santiestevan 
 
Cinematography by
Matthew Boyd (director of photography)
Andrew Parke (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Eric Grush  (as Eric N. Grush)
 
Production Design by
Dan Whifler 
 
Art Direction by
Rebekah Bell 
 
Costume Design by
Rachel Ford-Pritchett  (as Rachel Ford)
 
Makeup Department
Kayla Barry .... special makeup effects artist: second unit
Andy Chavez .... special makeup effects artist: second unit
Ayla Dew .... special makeup effects artist
Ryan Egnatoff .... special makeup effects assistant
Cari Finken .... special makeup effects supervisor
Greg McDougall .... special makeup effects supervisor
Lara Salzano .... special makeup effects artist
Robert Wild .... key hair stylist
Robert Wild .... makeup department head
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
W. Alex Korp .... first assistant director
Alex Miccolis .... second assistant director: second unit
Michael D. Witman .... first assistant director: second unit
Michael D. Witman .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Kurt Altschwager .... art department assistant
Sean Brennan .... swing
Aaron Cosman .... lead set dresser
Aaron Cosman .... props
Diego De La Luz .... Spike's paintings
Greg Gayne .... prop poster photography
Paul Porter .... set dresser: second unit
Jared Rogness .... storyboard artist
Joyce Yeich .... art department assistant: second unit
 
Sound Department
Gregory Clark .... sound mixer (as Greg Clark)
Carrie Sheldon .... sound mixer: second unit
Jared Simmons .... sound mixer
Amy Wood .... assistant sound editor
John Would .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Jordu Schell .... creature creator
 
Visual Effects by
Catherine Brankov .... compositor
Catherine Brankov .... visual effects artist
 
Stunts
Matt Baker .... stunt coordinator
Dan Flannigan .... stunt rigger
Karin Justman .... stunt double: second unit
Marc Schaffer .... stunt coordinator: second unit
Stephanie Sledd .... stunt double
Matt Thompson .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jonathan S. Abrams .... grip
Scott Acosta .... jib arm crane
Lance Allen .... grip
Bianca Bahena .... first assistant camera
Gregory Beard .... best boy grip (as Greg Beard)
Michael Beard .... grip
Shawn Booth .... second assistant camera
Chris Carnes .... electrician
Chris D. Chapman .... best boy grip
Yvonne Chu .... first assistant camera
Brian Deutsch .... key grip
Jim Firios .... first assistant camera (as James Firios)
Mike Foodman .... gaffer
Patrick Gomez .... grip
Sean Haeseler .... still photographer
Phoebe Krueger .... second assistant camera
Sherwin Maglanoc .... second assistant camera
Ned Martin .... first assistant camera: second unit
Grayson Martinez .... electrician
Yordi Martinez .... second assistant camera
Jason Musco .... second assistant camera: second unit
Ryan Norris .... electrician
James Northrup .... first assistant camera
Don Padilla .... key grip
Rafael Ramirez .... second assistant camera
Oleg Rasyaev .... electrician: second unit
Kyle Redman .... second assistant camera
John Rogers .... gaffer: second unit (as J.J. Rogers)
Hunter Sandison .... first assistant camera
Shaun Sangkarat .... electrician
Eric Schmidt .... grip
Marc Shap .... first assistant camera
Chris Shawns .... first assistant camera
Jesse Vallejo .... swing
Salvador Vega .... second assistant camera
William Waters .... best boy electric: second unit
Satoshi Yamazaki .... best boy electric
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maggie Ramos .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Steve Bartlett .... post-production services
Josh Latham .... assistant editor
 
Transportation Department
William A. Benedict .... driver
Alex E. Burns .... driver
Ashley R. Friedman .... driver
Peter Helm .... driver
Hersey Mallory .... driver
Judd Montgomery .... driver
Richard Rollison .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Sean Brennan .... key production assistant
Rebecca Cash-Daddio .... production assistant: second unit
Nels'on Ellis .... production assistant
Edwing Flores .... craft service
Chris Fudurich .... technical consultant
John Buckley Gordon .... making-of documentary (as John Gordon)
Valerie Kruley .... production assistant: second unit
Cynthia LaFosse .... production assistant
Gregg Manston .... spider wrangler
Aubrey McLaughlin .... production assistant
Kevin Moon .... production coordinator
Derek Sao .... security
Simone Smith .... script supervisor: second unit
Liz Trainor .... script supervisor
Courtney Waggoner .... production attorney
 
Thanks
Hiwa Bourne .... thank you
Sean Decker .... thank you
Robert Fernandez .... thank you
Liam Finn .... thank you
Diane Gaidry .... thank you
Erik Heiberg .... thank you
Rian Johnson .... thank you
David Johann Kim .... thank you
Roy Knyrim .... thank you
Eric Kurland .... thank you
Aaron Land .... thank you
Mark Edward Lewis .... thank you
David Andrew Lloyd .... thank you
Maggie MacKay .... thank you
Brandon Maggart .... thank you
Mark Moran .... thank you
Mandi Moss .... thank you
Jaimie Nakae .... thank you
David Platt .... thank you
Justin Paul Ritter .... thank you
Andrew Shearer .... thank you
Amanda Sweikow .... thank you
Lew Temple .... thank you
Jacques Thelemaque .... thank you
Mark Tillman .... thank you
Terry Tocantins .... thank you
Ilana Turner .... thank you
Michaela von Schweinitz .... thank you
Nina von Schweinitz .... thank you
Todd Walker .... thank you
 

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Additional Details

MPAA:
Rated R for some bloody images and brief nudity
Runtime:
80 min
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Certification:
USA:R (certificate #46409)

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20 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful, dreamlike and haunting, 11 May 2010
Author: aedillon-1

"Spike" opens with a dream sequence, and though that dream is short and stylistically distinct from the rest of the movie -- it's exactly the skin-crawling kind of dream you have when you doze off on a late-night car ride -- those few seconds set the stage for a surreal, deeply unsettling 90 minutes. If you're expecting a horror movie, or a teens-in-the-woods monster movie, you're going to be sad. Instead "Spike" is a gorgeous and haunting meditation on love and death, childhood and fantasy, like "Picnic at Hanging Rock" in a dark palette of red, silver and black. It, well, gets under your skin.

The plot makes about as much sense as Shakespeare's setup for "As You Like It": it's just an excuse to get the characters into the forest. And once the two unnamed couples (one hetero, one lesbian) are there, weird things begin to happen. Something scary pops out of the woods and takes out one of the characters, and for a minute it seems maybe this will be a traditional horror movie. But director/screenwriter Robert Beaucage immediately lets you know you're in different territory: the scary monster leaves behind a handwritten poem. This isn't Freddy, this isn't Jason -- as it turns out, it's just an incredibly lonely guy with a crush on the straight girl. And he's covered in spikes.

The cast does a nice job of keeping you grounded in the strange terrain: this may be a trippy fairy tale, but these are real people. At first I didn't expect to like Sarah Livingston Evans' lead character, who stands around looking vague and then starts fainting; but as the story unspools you gradually see the strength, compassion and even humor behind her delicate features. And I loved Nancy Corbo as the resourceful person you'd always want with you when you're lost in the woods.

Initially I docked this movie a star because none of the characters have names; if you're going to separate your characters and have them wandering around the woods, they need to be able to call "Hey, Bobbi Jo!" or whatever. But after thinking about it I decided that was just ornery; I sort of like that they're all nameless, because you end up identifying with each of them in turn. This movie takes you deep into the primordial forest of the psyche, all the way back to your childhood: your first real friend, your first nightmares. It asks questions everyone can relate to: How do you let someone go? What will you do to protect the one you love? How can you love more than one person? Do you ever really forget someone? And it delivers one final heartbreaking answer: You can never help from hurting the person you love.

(NB to IMDb: This review SO does not have spelling mistakes.)

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