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A psychological horror/thriller depicting a backwoods family with a dark secret.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Ingram
Lisa Ingram
Peg Thon ...
Anslie Hogan ...
Young Judy
Hays Hogan ...
Young Carl
Daniel Burnley ...
Mountain Man
Preacher Man
Keelie Hogan ...
Young Lady
Store Employee
Miss Woodland
Andrea Haynes ...
Young Mamma
Chris Moore ...
Hot Dog Vendor


While Mike and Lisa Ingram enjoy a romantic getaway weekend, they unknowingly attract the attention of Carl, whose values and family traditions will forever change their lives. Soon after returning from their trip, Mike's life is torn apart when Lisa disappears from their home. She finds herself trapped and chained to a family in which Mamma's word is law and any disobedience has deadly consequences. Carl soon reveals his intentions to Lisa, which plunges her into the darkest depths of despair. To survive, Lisa must force herself to show Carl she loves him, yet she still holds tightly to the hope that this hellish nightmare will soon be over. As months pass, Mike has all but given up hope that he'll ever see his wife again. To relive the happy memories of their last days together, he revisits the small town of their romantic getaway and finds himself in Carl and Mamma's world. When he realizes that Carl has something to do with Lisa's disappearance, a bloody battle for Lisa ensues. In... Written by Anonymous

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He's just a mama's boy


Horror | Thriller


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Absolutely dreadful and utterly pointless

If, like me, you were cruising through 'new and noteworthy' horror on itunes via Apple TV and thought this looked like it might be one of those rare occasions where you stumble across a hidden gem then be warned, friends - this really is one of the worst movies I have had the misfortune to suffer through in a VERY long time.

I love horror. I love classic horror, indie horror, French horror, Asian horror, even the odd Hollywood horror can cut it - IF it's grounded in something truly unsettling, and treated with respect by its maker. I especially like indie horror. Small budgets don't phase me at all. I recently found the movie 'Absentia' on itunes; low-budget for sure, but made with conviction and despite its shoestring finances it actually managed to pack a wallop.

Unlike this pile of dirt.

The 'plot' (no spoilers) involves an impossibly happy city couple having a little vacay in an un-named backwater town, and running foul of a local boy and his Ma, who are looking to find the simpleton son a mate.

When this started, I was encouraged. Some nice opening credits, and even though the early scenes seemed ridiculously hokey (the set-up of the lead couple and their state of blissful happiness - complete with slo-mo frolicking in a fountain - should really have been my first clue of what was to come) there was some lovely imagery. And I have to say that the small cast does a pretty good job of working with absolutely nothing. That's where my praise ends.

As a director if you are working with a micro-budget, you'd better either have something new to say or at least be able to give us a fresh spin on an old theme. 'Carl' does neither, instead rehashing every cliché from every horror flick concerning small-town hicks and religious nutbars. There's a hick family of indeterminate number (aside from the main 'house of horror' it would seem that the townsolk are in on the plot to do away with the sweet city-folk lovebirds - but really, it's just hinted at and you're never really sure - nor do you really care). This is like watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre or The Hills Have Eyes but with none of the panache of the originals - and none of the production values of the remakes. As a viewer, if I am going to invest time and money in a small indie film I really do expect something unique. I am extremely forgiving if you can deliver a movie that makes me think, or at least presents something a little different.

The 'plot' makes no sense, the 'characters' are horribly fleshed out, the narrative is all over the place, the violence is not challenging, rather just a little unpleasant because it doesn't mean anything... and worst of all, it's made with that awful smugness, you know the vibe... where a shot is set up in such a way where the filmmakers truly feel that they have done something amazing, but where really the viewer just scoffs and says 'really?'.

I wanted this to be in the vein of Ty West's 'House of the Devil' or 'The Inkeepers' - neither perfect movies, but at least displaying some affection and respect for the genre - but instead I honestly found myself literally suffering through every horrible cliché and every mis-fired attempt at suspense.

Please, do yourself a huge favour and avoid this catastrophe.

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