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Weak Species (2009)

Classmates Steve and George are part of a frightening food-chain. For Steve, high school is a game. Seducing his classmates gives him his sense of purpose and fuels his art and poetry. When... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... George
... Steve
... George's Dad
... Counselor (as Lynn A. Henderson)
... Tom
... Cliff
... Phillip
Michael Shepperd ... Chuck (as Michael A. Shepperd)
... Mr. McGough
Zane Helberg ... Jock 1
... Jock 2
... Jock 3
... Coach
Nikko Lane ... Theatre Boy (as Nikko Ruvolo)
Justin Vasquez ... Asian Boy
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Classmates Steve and George are part of a frightening food-chain. For Steve, high school is a game. Seducing his classmates gives him his sense of purpose and fuels his art and poetry. When Steve sets his sights on the school star athlete, he starts a cat and mouse chase which could ruin him and his idol. George, the school recluse, copes with the stress of his mother's cancer and strained relationship with his father by cutting class and using drugs. Hooking up with a stranger in an effort to lose himself, George finds himself in a life or death situation. At odds with each other, George and Steve have more in common than they realize. As their paths spiral downward, they could save each other - or continue on their way to self-destruction. Written by Anonymous

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George: Nice place.
Tom: A friend of mine did those paintings. He believes that corpses dream. Imagine that each work is the dream of a murdered child.
George: [nervously laughs] I'm kind of stone.
Tom: Poor kid. School hasn't done you much good, has it?
George: Nope.
Tom: But you don't need to know anything, do you? Your beauty is much more profound.
George: Um... that's kind of a weird thing to say.
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Featured in Shadow.net (2009) See more »

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French Tree Terror Suspect
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Uncompromising, Frighteningly Real
9 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film at FilmOut San Diego. Even though it was a short, it stuck with me more than any other film I saw at the festival, including the features. It's a harrowing story about two self-destructive, self-deluded teens who make bad decisions that get them in deep trouble. Not for the faint of heart, this film takes you to a really dark place in its short running time. Without giving anything away, I was on the edge of my seat as the main character got himself into an incredibly terrifying situation.

The acting of Eric Smith, who I remember from Home at the End of the World a few years back, was incredible. He has really developed his acting chops over the years and he is just great to watch here. The other actors all range from very good to excellent. The story is directed with a steady hand, and the performances are all the more powerful for being restrained, creating a quivering intensity you can't look away from. The production values are high.

Perhaps what impressed me the most was the way the film bridged the better elements of a traditional drama with the better elements of suspense/horror. The film was frightening to me on a very deep level.


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