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Union Furnace (2015)

Unrated | | Horror, Thriller | 17 July 2015 (USA)
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A petty car thief in a small Southern Ohio town gets involved in an underground game of life and death.


Nicholas Bushman


Nicholas Bushman (co-writer), Mike Dwyer (co-writer)



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Credited cast:
Mike Dwyer ... Cody Roy McCloud
Seth Hammond ... Lion
Katie Keene ... 6
Keith David ... 1
Kevin Crowley ... 3
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tara Bellando Tara Bellando ... 5
Misa Farslow Misa Farslow ... Stripper
Chris Griffith Chris Griffith ... Frog Guard
David Hayward ... Parts Punk
Lyle Kanouse ... 4
Louie Lawless ... The Fourth Man
John W. Lawson ... Papa Bear
Megan Morelock Megan Morelock ... Animal Waitress
John Newkirk ... Animal Bookie
Benjamin Franklin Crawford Wallace Benjamin Franklin Crawford Wallace ... 2


Small-town crook Cody (Mike Dwyer, "Sandbar") was at the end of his rope when a mysterious stranger offered him the chance of his life. There was just one catch - in this game he would have to wager everything, including his life. Cody finds himself trapped amongst a band of outsiders and misfits - all fighting for their lives and a slice of the American dream. Fueled by a horde of masked sadists, Cody and the others will win a fortune or die a brutal death. Set against the grim backdrop of a hard-bitten Midwestern town, "Union Furnace" captures the desperation and the resilient optimism of the Rustbelt. An eclectic cast of supporting characters, including genre favorite Keith David ("The Thing", "They Live") lead the audience on a roller coaster ride of gallows humor, camaraderie, betrayal, sacrifice - and terror, in director Nicholas Bushman's electrifying thriller. Written by Danny "Dice" Butler

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Release Date:

17 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Columbus, Ohio, USA

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2.35 : 1
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Great performance by newcomer
12 November 2015 | by begobSee all my reviews

In small town Ohio a petty thief under pressure from a loan shark is taken under the wing of a mysterious benefactor, who offers him a role in a game that will change his life.

More satire than horror, and the violence is mild with most of it not just off screen but barely even referred to - although it does get explicit in the end. Also the sex is coy - what were they doing on the floor? - so most horror fans would give it a miss. The game is one we've seen in many movies over the years, so I'll just note that it has harsh observations on inequality in the USA, including flag and anthem.

I enjoyed this. The atmosphere is seedy, the mood grim, but there's a touch of Scorsese in the strip club scene and the actors get their teeth into the dialogue as they deliver a group of engaging characters. And then there's the brilliant benefactor (the Lion), played with affable menace by a first time actor (and producer) who performs neat little dance moves as the ringmaster of the deadly game. He has a strong screen presence and gives the movie a real edge - more McConaughey than Hopper but still unsettling.

The game scenes have a downbeat decadence to them, reminiscent of many British movies of the '60s. The pace is pretty good, there's some farting about with out-of-sequence editing in the middle, and the music mostly fits well with sinister piano & synth & some scratchy strings, breaking into hill billy dance numbers during the game.

Overall, a small movie but a good 'un - although not strong enough in its tastes.

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