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Make-Out with Violence (2008)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror | 8 July 2011 (Australia)
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A genre-bending tale of a boy trying to fulfill his unrequited love for a girl who has risen from the dead. It tells the story of twin brothers Patrick and Carol Darling, newly graduated ... See full summary »

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Brett Miller ...
Shellie Marie Shartzer ...
Wendy Hearst
David Fuqua ...
Guru
Zach Duensing ...
Hunter #1
Gail Sparks ...
Hunter #2
Mike Luckett ...
The Trespasser
Cody DeVos ...
Eric Lehning ...
Jack Doyle ...
Mr. Darling
Jordan Lehning ...
Rody Carrigan
Patricia Doyle ...
Mrs. Carrigan
David Mead ...
Mr. Carrigan
Leah High ...
Sharon Jones ...
Chaperone
Dale Rainey ...
Janie Carlise
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A genre-bending tale of a boy trying to fulfill his unrequited love for a girl who has risen from the dead. It tells the story of twin brothers Patrick and Carol Darling, newly graduated from high school and struggling to come to terms with the mysterious disappearance of their friend, the bright and beautiful Wendy Hearst. When a drive through the countryside surrounding their suburban community leads to the discovery of Wendy's mysteriously animated corpse, the boys secretly transport the un-dead Wendy to an empty house in hopes of somehow bringing her back to life. As the sweltering summer pushes on, they must maintain the appearance of normalcy for their friends and family as they search for ways to revive the Wendy they once knew, or, failing that, to satisfy their own quests for love amongst the living and the dead. Written by Anonymous

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Dead is the present tense


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$150,000 (estimated)
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In August of 2006 Production was halted with the firing of lead actress Shellie Marie Shartzer. After several months, tensions were settled and filming resumed for the needed one week of principal photography in mid-December of 2006. See more »

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As Rody walks home during his introduction his shoes change from shot to shot. See more »

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Beetle: ...just forget it.
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In memory of our friends Craig Bond and Manda Curry See more »

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Radar Heart (Rody Please)
Written by Jordan Lehning and Lauren Sandidge
Performed by Tristen Gaspadarek
Published by Oh No Skippy
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Slightly creepy, very funny, and perversely engaging little indie
12 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

The Deagol Brothers' "Make-Out with Violence" is a stylish, smart, sweet little American indie that is sure to leave the viewer buzzing. This isn't your typical genre film, and the quirky mix of comedy and horror defies description. Films that terrorize with tongue firmly planted in cheek are among my favorites, but "Make-Out with Violence" doesn't even fit that profile.

The film opens with the slightly creepy voice-over of little brother Beetle (scene-stealer Brett Miller), segues to flashbacks shot with a soft, dreamy, oversaturated look, then takes the viewer on a ride through the most perverse summer this group of slightly off-kilter misfits has ever had. The soundtrack is one of the film's strongest elements, mostly the work of composer Jordan Lehning (who also plays lead character Rody). The writing, direction, editing, and production of the film are all the handiwork of a small group of multitalented family members. Even the actors had a hand in the film's creative process. The two brothers at the center of the film (Eric Lehning and Cody DeVos) are also credited as writers, along with the Deagols. The film is shot and edited with such precision that there isn't a single frame of filler. Every word, every camera angle, every visual and sound effect is devoted to advancing the story. The filmmakers certainly made the best use of their low budget -- from all appearances there were no post-production special effects. Everything appears to have been done in-camera. No small feat for a genre film. This is quite an impressive calling card for these first-time feature filmmakers.


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