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Pod (2015)

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A family intervention goes horrifically awry within the snowy confines of an isolated lake house.

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Mickey Keating

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Mickey Keating
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lauren Ashley Carter ... Lyla
Dean Cates ... Ed
Brian Morvant ... Martin
Larry Fessenden ... Smith
John Weselcouch ... John Boy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Forrest McClain Forrest McClain ... The Pod
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A family intervention goes horrifically awry within the snowy confines of an isolated lake house.

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Rated R for bloody violence/gruesome images, and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 2015 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Maine, USA See more »

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Trivia

If you listen closely to the sound Smith's walkie makes, you can hear a sound effect from the item menu in the Silent Hill video game series. Keating has mentioned in interviews that he is a fan of the original Silent Hill (1999) video game. See more »

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In the opening scene, the character uses a bolt action rifle but then fires it repeatedly without reloading. See more »

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The opening credits last about seven seconds. See more »

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Features The Last Man on Earth (1964) See more »

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Performed by Benny Hester
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Solid indie thriller
11 September 2016 | by Steve RamseySee all my reviews

I seem to be in the minority here, but I really enjoyed Pod and I don't quite understand its low IMDb rating. Most of the negative reviews criticize the film for its lengthy scenes of dialog and lack of action or horror. I think the problem is expecting Pod to be a horror or sci-fi film that it isn't trying to be, possibly due to its trailer.

The lengthy scenes of dialog and conflict were precisely what I enjoyed most about the movie. It's a solid script willing to take its time establishing the dynamics between all three siblings. Once brother and sister Lyla and Ed meet with their brother Martin, Pod unfolds as a psychological thriller. The tension grows until all hell breaks loose in the final act.

Lauren Ashley Carter delivers a superb performance as Lyla, portraying a young woman in conflict with her family, yet conveying a real emotional connection to her siblings. When the action comes late in the film, Carter reaffirms my belief that she is THE Scream Queen of modern indie film.

Brian Morvant also delivers a strong performance as the mentally unstable Martin. Is he schizophrenic or are his ramblings actually true? Morvant plays these scenes with conviction and believably.

I was fascinated by the story and very anxious watching and wondering how it would unfold. Pod takes risks with its main characters in a way most big-budget films won't dare. Don't watch this movie expecting a sci-fi or horror film that plays out as you would expect, but rather take the time to enjoy the dialog and appreciate the performances.


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