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The Commune (2009)

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When Jenny Cross has to spend summer vacation with her deadbeat dad in his creepy commune, she thinks clean living and boredom will kill her. But some fates are worse than death.

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Elisabeth Fies

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chauntal Lewis ... Jenny / Daughter
David Scott Lago ... Puck / Jenny's boyfriend (as David Lago)
Stuart G. Bennett Stuart G. Bennett ... Dr. Clark Polieos / Father
Elisabeth Fies Elisabeth Fies ... Cassie / Jenny's mother
Adrian Lee ... Rhea
Cindy Baer ... Esmeralda
Winter Winter ... Loki
Trevor Murphy ... Cassie's Lover
Miles Gregory Miles Gregory ... Miles
Heidi Hornbacher Heidi Hornbacher ... Alice
Sophie Yoakum Sophie Yoakum ... Pomegranate
Leslie Lello Leslie Lello ... Nurse Brenda
Hero Fies Hero Fies ... Hero
Lena Robinson Lena Robinson ... Tiamat
Josie Fite Josie Fite ... Jenny Cross - age 6
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When Jenny Cross (Chauntal Lewis) has to spend summer vacation with deadbeat dad (Stuart G. Bennett) on his creepy commune, she thinks clean living and boredom will kill her. But some fates are worse than death...Provocateur filmmaker Elisabeth Fies masterfully mixes psychological thriller, horror, satire, and coming of age movies to create a fresh, surprising mystery that winks at 1970s masterpieces. Written by The Commune

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USA

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English

Release Date:

5 June 2009 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Geyserville, California, USA See more »

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Chauntal Lewis lost her left hand in an auto accident in Los Angeles in March 2009. See more »

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When Jenny is found by Loki to be brought to the art therapy room she asks for time to change her clothes, but he says no. In the next scene, she is in the art therapy room in a different outfit. See more »

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Rhea: For a shaman, you sure are a dickhead.
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References Natural Born Killers (1994) See more »

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King Willie
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Arranged by Sharon Knight & Winter
Performed by Sharon Knight
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My review for The Commune over at moviecynics.com
30 March 2010 | by BobbyBlessSee all my reviews

Most of the horror films that I see released these days aren't scary, sport a CW-esquire cast and have to rely on the gore to save a film that was weak in the first place. Long gone are those days of great horror films and here to stay are the days of poorly structured horror films that have to glorify bloodshed… that is until now with the release of Elisabeth Fies' The Commune; an independent horror film that is reminiscent of the fantastically structured horror films of old.

The Commune is about a 15 year old girl named Jenny Cross (Chauntal Lewis) who, because of a lawsuit, is sent to live with her father, Dr. Polieos (Stuart G. Bennett), for a month on his hippie compound. As the days pass, Jenny spends most of her time counting down the days until her 16th birthday and trying to figure out what she's going to do for entertainment for a month. Luckily, Jenny meets a guy named Puck (David Lago), who seems to help Jenny get some enjoyment back into her life. Jenny starts believing that, because of Puck, her time at the commune won't be so bad after all… but then some freaky things start happening and Jenny has to figure out a way to get out of there or become just another victim.

Aside from some rough spots with the supporting characters, the acting in the film is pretty solid. Chauntal Lewis is great as Jenny. Lewis is essentially this film's "final girl"… the part in a horror film that you are supposed to connect with, care for and hope that she can find a way to overcome the odds… and manages to pull it off without a hitch. Because of Lewis' performance, Stuart G. Bennett is able to feed off of her and delivers a performance that is beyond creepy; something Bennett seems to have enjoyed a tad bit too much. Lago as Puck does a fine job with his part; that of Jenny's love interest, which would bore people to tears in other movies, but works here. When you first see him in the movie and notice that he's sporting black nail polish and eye liner, you want to punch him in the face, but as the film progresses, you see that the character is actually a likable guy and you don't want to hit him as much.

Elisabeth Fies, who not only directed the film but also wrote it, produced it and played a part in it as well, may actually be the film's shining star. With The Commune, Fies crafts a film that has the perfect amount of tension needed for the story and is able to disturb viewers to the point that it will make them cringe, but will keep them so wrapped up in the story that they won't want to turn it off. Oh, but that isn't the best part. The best part is that The Commune is Fies' first film. To be ambitious enough to put together a film that looks this great and shows that she has the potential to put many Hollywood directors to shame is a feat that is just phenomenal. Hopefully any movie she makes in the future turn out this good.

For those of you who like horror films from the past, you will most likely want to check out Elisabeth Fies' The Commune. It's a nicely structured film that creates the perfect amount of tension and doesn't rely on any unnecessary gimmicks. It is good to see that there are ambitious people out there that are willing to spend their own money to get a film that they want to see made.


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