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Hacked (2020)

Michael and Darren have a very successful true crime podcast. But when trying to get one of their biggest guests yet turns into a bizarre obsession for Michael, the lines between nightmare and reality begin to blur.
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Credited cast:
Matthew Festle Matthew Festle ... Michael
Jackson Turner ... Darren
Alan Maxson ... Alex
Shawn C. Phillips ... Martin
Lew Temple ... Roger
Thom Michael Mulligan ... Dr. Brennan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nick Beisel Nick Beisel ... Podcaster
Kyle Conroy Kyle Conroy ... Podcast Guest
Bobby Foringer Bobby Foringer ... Podcaster
Chelsea Newman ... Podcaster
Robby Quinn Robby Quinn ... Podcaster
Mikah Sunderman Mikah Sunderman ... Podcaster
Ellen Woomer ... Podcaster
Ellen Woomer Ellen Woomer ... Podcaster
Seth Yerington Seth Yerington ... Podcaster
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Michael and Darren have a very successful true crime podcast. But when trying to get one of their biggest guests yet turns into a bizarre obsession for Michael, the lines between nightmare and reality begin to blur.

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Solid and enjoyable psychological horror effort
17 December 2020 | by kannibalcorpsegrinderSee all my reviews

Doing a true-crime podcast with a friend, one of the hosts' increasingly bizarre and off-beat antics to improve the show tends to turn off his partner and employers to the point that his sanity starts to break, and as he slips further he becomes a threat not just to himself but others around him.

This was a solid and enjoyable effort. One of the more interesting aspects here is the burgeoning psychological build-up on display which comes across a lot to like. The stress of his everyday life trying to come up with content for the show and the struggle to remain cool as his life begins to unravel as the exploits with their boss and the revelation about the missed interview show the earliest signs of his unhinged state. Given that there's a gradual behavior change as a result as well, this happens to fuel the second half where it becomes a detriment to the show and eventually leads to the struggles within. As this change to the show is ongoing, the eventual downward spiral goes alongside the physical manifestations that slowly emerge. Suffering from delusions and hallucinations about injuring and disfiguring himself, the result of this comes as an enjoyable method to denote how the guy's mental sanity is snapping. Once the show officially changes and he's far more susceptible, that brings about a couple of impressive gore gags to showcase how he's become so psychologically unstable that he would harm others and gives some solid blood-drenched kills as a result. These efforts, combined with a zippy pace, offer up so much to like here. There isn't much to dislike with this one. The main issue is the whole finale which, keeping the entire theme of the film intact, seems to end with no real resolution. The idea is sound in what happens yet there's a suddenness and jerking quality to the film which is quite disconcerting with how abrupt that occurs. On top of that, the after-credits sequence covers a far-better and more impactful outcome to everything that's happened anyway, making the resolution even odder. As well, the mental insanity he develops is so obvious it seems weird to have had no one comment once he finally starts behaving even more erratically, which is all that holds it down.

Rated Unrated/R: Graphic Violence and Graphic Language.


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