Amygdala Warrior (2018)

Adam, a troubled young man with a secret obsession to kill, is placed under the care of Dr. James Franz, an unorthodox psychologist who faces a moral dilemma: report Adam's homicidal ideation or solve him before he acts out murder.


Marko Sakren


Danann McKerry (script consultant), Marko Sakren | 5 more credits »




Credited cast:
Raf Adame ... Gun Shop Clerk
Dayana Bailey Dayana Bailey ... Receptionist
Holland Baker Holland Baker ... Secretary
Mycaiah Lynn Berkebile Mycaiah Lynn Berkebile ... Pharma Rep
Mark Gordon Buckley Mark Gordon Buckley ... Rant Man (as Mark Gordon)
Cody Byars ... Happy Adam
Kellie Christensen Kellie Christensen ... Psych Patient
Angela Ray Clark Angela Ray Clark ... Marie
Yonel Dorelis ... Police Chief
Kirt Dow Kirt Dow ... Dr. Anatole Trotski
Benjamin Dunning Benjamin Dunning ... Film Crew Guy A
Benjamin Farnlof Benjamin Farnlof ... Adam
Bonnie Freeman Bonnie Freeman ... Ms. Dingle
Mindy Gilkerson ... Mable
Phillip Allen Hall III ... Highway Cop


Story opens at the murder scene of Dr. Anatole Trotski, owner and head shrink of his long-standing psychiatric practice, Trotski and Associates. A hard-boiled Detective Dussen, on his last case prior to retirement, starts the hunt for the killer. Six months earlier, Marie Castro, mother to troubled Adam Castro, is desperate to find help for her son after several doctors have failed to provide good treatment. At a book store, Adam finds a book written by Dr. James Franz about exposure therapy, mindfulness and facing one's demons head on. Due to Adam's interest in the book, Marie contacts Dr. Franz, begging him to take Adam into his care. Her plea comes just in time to save Dr. Franz's job, which happens to be at Trotski and Associates. Midway into twelve weeks of therapy, Adam shows progress, which strengthens Dr. Franz's confidence and his comeback at the practice. Then, Adam's obsession with killing intensifies in light of new truth, now focused on a single individual, the very head ... Written by M.D.Sakren

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Mental illness is not a crime



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Release Date:

1 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Feature #6 See more »

Filming Locations:

Nevada, USA See more »


Box Office


$200,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Amygdala Warrior was produced through a filmmaking workshop called GLENBROOK STUDIOS CINELAB LLC, using props and wardrobe available to cast, who also served as crew. Filmed on a DSLR (Sony RX10) with sound recorded in-camera as part of an on-location ADR process, Amygdala Warrior had a simple production approach. Assemble a good cast and let the director lead the way. Locations varied and the producers thank everyone who offered a location to the production. All in all, this film was a bootstrap effort, proving that creative storytelling wins the day, not fancy equipment. "Cameras don't shoot films. People do." says Marko Sakren, writer, director, producer. See more »

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