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Sun Choke (2015)

TV-MA | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 5 August 2016 (USA)
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Janie's just trying to get well.

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Cast overview:
Sarah Hagan ... Janie
Sara Malakul Lane ... Savannah
Barbara Crampton ... Irma / Janie's nanny / caretake
William Nicol ... Boyfriend
Evan Jones ... Attacker
Joe Nieves ... Officer Olson
Jim Boeven ... Janie's Dad
Christina Amber Christina Amber ... Janie / Young
Diana Nguyen Diana Nguyen ... Paramedic
Derek Bevil Derek Bevil ... Paramedic
Annie Read ... Savannah's Friend
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As she recovers from a recent violent psychotic break, Janie is subjected each day to a bizarre holistic health and wellness regimen designed, and enforced, by her lifelong nanny and caretaker, Irma. When her mother died, Irma promised her father to care for Janie during her life. Janie begins to veer off the road to recovery when she develops an obsession with a young woman, Savannah, that she feels an inexplicable yet profound connection to. The obsession turns increasingly invasive, and wedges all three women into an ever-tightening, and terrifying struggle for control. Will she pull herself back from the precipice of insanity? Or will she go over head-first, taking anyone nearby down with her? Written by Lodger Films

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Well-Made, but Confusing Horror Tale
11 May 2020 | by angelakenney-52982See all my reviews

Jane (Sarah Hagan ) has been spending the last few weeks (maybe months or years?) of her life stuck in her spacious, but cold Hollywood hills home under the care of nurse Irma (Barbara Crampton). It seems that something happened in Janie's life to force her into seclusion, but Irma feels that, now, enough time has passed for Janie to at least try to go outside and mingle with the rest of the world.

On her first day out, Janie notices a young woman who she becomes enamored with and she begins stalking her and, soon, she's coming in late much to the chagrin of Irma who has to find a way to keep her in line. In typical horror film fashion, things don't go as expected and a few people have to die.

Despite the gorgeous visuals and excellent performances, Sun Choke is a confounding and confusing experience from start to finish. At first, one thinks that perhaps the filmmakers are withholding important information from us to build towards some major revelation or twist at the end, but once the end credits come up, we're just as confused as we were when we first started the film.

Why is Janie cooped up in the house? What happened to her mother? Where's her father? Because we don't know a thing about Janie or her circumstances, it makes it nearly impossible to root for her and she becomes a cardboard cutout. What could have been an interesting story about two very different women becomes an empty spectacle for extreme violence with no answers.

Sun Choke almost feels as if the filmmakers secured a great location and cast and just made it up as they went along.


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