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Defarious (2016)

A young woman is tormented by her nightmares and they are beginning to manifest so strongly she becomes disillusioned between the world of her imagination and what is truly reality.


Chase Michael Pallante (screenplay), Zay Rodriguez (developer)
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Credited cast:
Janet Miranda ... Amy
Jason Torres Jason Torres ... Defarious
Shanae Christine Harris Shanae Christine Harris ... (voice) (as Shanae Harris)
Sonia Sierra Sonia Sierra ... Amy's Mom


A young woman is tormented by her nightmares and they are beginning to manifest so strongly she becomes disillusioned between the world of her imagination and what is truly reality. This scary psychological horror film will bring out your worst fears that you suppressed since you were a child. Are you ready to confront your demons?

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Release Date:

12 October 2018 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Island, New York, USA


Box Office


$25,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Stereo (Stereo)


Color | Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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The film was inspired by the love of 80's and 90's horror films. Halloween, Exorcist, Friday the13th and Scream were a few mentioned by the director. See more »


Amy: Sharon, "science or religion"?
Sharon: Please, everything has an explanation. Science puts forth more evidence than any religion that was ever created.
Amy: You can use that same argument on anyone's beliefs.
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Alternate Versions

There are three different versions of the film. One extended and one regular. The third has several seconds of graphic violence cut from the film. See more »

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Defarious blurs the lines between dreams and the real world,
14 February 2018 | by indieactivitySee all my reviews

Defarious blurs the lines between dreams and the real world, it is set on that border, which makes the film a subjective experience.

I had not seen any of the trailers for Defarious that is before I saw the film. The opening shot of the movie stuck with me, it set my mind thinking, 'Ok, where is this going to...' it did feel like the director was in my head when the next shot popped up, revealing a layer deeper into the house, and more layers as we go deeper into the bedroom of Amy (Janet Miranda, who we had interview a year before) and then finally into Amy's dream. Now, I did get the impression that once we moved into the main building, I was already in a dream. So, here we are, in Amy's dream world, then I began to ask the question, "Will it be a nice dream or will it be a nightmare". The score had given me a clue, so did the grading of the film. But, I still couldn't decide it this film was horror or a psychological thriller. I may have watched 'Defarious' with my eyes shut and I would still have come away with a thrilling film experience, and I would also be able to tell the genre of film; so I thought the score for the film was quite ambitious. Don't get me wrong, it did give the film the breadth it required, and it may have felt a little larger than it, inside a few seconds and at separate times apart). As an indie filmmaker, I get the impulse, you invested more in the score. I am a sticker for old school cinematography, so, I shared a few things with your cinematographer, I liked the visual outlook of the film. It gave space for performance, it was symmetric, and it easily pointed to the main character quite well. It did a good job of introducing the antagonism and the conflict. When it reached its climax, it upgraded Defarious to a horror movie. The final scene felt raw, unhidden and gory. Conclusion I expected the climax to employ a shortened screen-time and to hide (between medium, close up shots) the antagonist's attack, it would have heightened the suspense more. I particularly loved, the sound mixing, the collaboration and the simplicity of the story. Defarious is an enjoyable experience.

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