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Trash Fire (2016)

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When Owen is forced to confront the past he's been running from his whole adult life, he and his girlfriend, Isabel, become entangled in a horrifying web of lies, deceit and murder.


Richard Bates Jr.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrian Grenier ... Owen
Angela Trimbur ... Isabel
Fionnula Flanagan ... Violet
AnnaLynne McCord ... Pearl
Sally Kirkland ... Florence
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Caleb
Ezra Buzzington ... Pastor Sterling
Molly McCook ... Aimee
Ray Santiago ... Sheldon
Michael Laren Michael Laren ... Photographer
Clayton Jackson ... Colton
Alexa Hamilton ... Owen's Mother
Karl Schott Karl Schott ... Owen's Father (as Karl Scott)
Brayden Austin ... Young Owen
Ruby Lightfoot ... Young Pearl


The obnoxious, cynical and sarcastic web designer Owen lives with his girlfriend Isabelle. Owen has analysis with his psychiatrist Florence since he feels guilty for the fire that killed his parents and deformed his sister Pearl. When Isabelle discloses that she is pregnant, she asks Owen to make up with his only family composed by his estranged grandmother Violet and Pearl. Owen warns Isabelle that Violet is a nasty woman, but they travel to his hometown. They learn that Violet is a despicable woman that keeps Beatrice locked in her room. Isabelle realizes that Owen has told the truth about Violet, but they stay for a couple of days more because of Pearl with tragic consequences. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A film by Richard Bates, Jr.

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Rated R for some disturbing violence/behavior, strong sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Violet: Oh, Owen, grow up. Your mother was a whore, your father was a moron, and your sister is an abomination. Now I have to go to my grave knowing that the bloodline continues.
Owen: How can call yourself a Christian?
Violet: The same way you could call yourself a man.
Owen: You know, sometimes I wish this Bible shit were true, so I could see you burn right alongside me.
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Well Written Film About Terrible People
6 November 2016 | by HorrorOverEverythingSee all my reviews

Richard Bates Jr's first film "Excision" was a film that stuck with me for a long time after I watched it, it was very unique and incredibly bizarre. So when I saw that Bates had a new movie coming out I was pretty excited to see what else he was capable of. While not nearly as memorable as Bates' first film, "Trash Fire" does have a bit of dark charm and was an interesting experience.

The first thing that really stuck out to me in this film is the fact that just about all the characters are unlikable, everyone is somewhat of a jerk and everyone is pretty judgmental/critical of others. This wasn't a bad thing though, it actually worked pretty well and went smoothly with the premise of the film. As unlikable as all the characters were they were also very interesting, and were the best part of the movie in my opinion. Our main character "Owen" (played but Adrian Grenier) is mean and dismissive to just about everyone he meets and even when he's trying to be nice he still comes off as a dope. But once we learn more about Owen's family it becomes clear why he is the way he is, and that he may actually be one of the more normal people in his family.

The story was alright, although it had a bit of a "Lifetime Movie" feel, but the dialogue really sets it apart from the overly simplified movies that come on that network. The conversations that the characters have throughout the film are actually pretty engaging, something you rarely ever see in a horror film. It's a good thing that the dialogue was well done because there is a lot of it, people who are not fans of dialogue heavy films will definitely be put off for the majority of this. I thought it worked though, and I found myself intrigued to see what the characters would say to each other next.

Another thing that I think is important to point out is that this definitely isn't a traditional horror movie, in fact I've seen a lot of people make the claim that this isn't a horror movie at all. I would disagree though, while there isn't a masked mad man running around or a spooky ghost haunting people, "Trash Fire" does have a overall tone of horror and the final scene definitely creeped me out and left me with an uneasy feeling. It was refreshing to see the genre approached in a different kind of way.

This won't be for everybody, but I enjoyed it, like "Excision" it was fairly odd and a little quirky. Worth checking out for people who don't mind a lot of dialogue and a bit of a slow pace.

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