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As I sat down in the Theater to watch the first screening of this film, I was unsure what to expect.
However, once I saw the hundreds of excited industry goers arrive, I realised that the hype behind this film was very much real.
To believe this movie was created on a very low to non existent budget, with both cast and crew donating their time to create this project, is very hard to believe. The passion from Strongman Picture's Daniel Armstrong and Anthony Moran bleeds through this film. Not to mention their Cheshire Cat like grins at their premiere. Although at times, the budget constraints are evident, as a whole the film is above a satisfactory level to watch and enjoy in it's entirety.
This was my first look into the "Roller Derby world" and I can see this film fitting into a very comfortable horror niche around the Globe.
If this kind of genre isn't your cup of tea, I strongly advise you to sit down and watch it. If anything, it will get you as excited as I am to see watch Strongman Pictures has in store next!
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