RELEASE DATE: Now Available on DVD
WRITTEN BY: Brandon Scullion
DIRECTED BY: Brandon Scullion
STARRING: Sarah Greyson, Arielle Brachfeld, David Lautman
While the basic premise of CONSUMPTION is familiar territory to fright fanatics — a small group of friends heads to a remote location where devious deviltry occurs — the meat ’n’ potatoes of how the flick plays out is anything but standard as our protagonists, each possessing a secret, seem to be trapped within a satanic fever dream where all of their skeletons are laid bare and seemingly used against them by the deserted condo they are holed up in. What follows is a gruesome ghoulash of ghosts, cults, and good ol’ demons … kinda like bridge night at the Crypt o’ XIII!
As I mentioned above, the film really does play out as a demented dream. The characters all seem like they are deep within a waking nightmare, but one which they have no control over; to wit: at times they face all of the terror surrounding them with a sort of detached nonchalance (or in some cases a sense of flightiness) that only underlines the sense that they know what they are experiencing is some sort o’ monstrously metaphysical catastrophe and not 100% reality. Or maybe I’m just lookin’ too deep into the meaning of it all. Either way, it’s imaginative, dark, and altogether kick-ass!
Special mention should also be made of the film’s eerie electronic soundtrack that fills yer ears with sinister strains that add to an overall ’80s-ish throwbackery that also includes VHS tapes playin’ a major role.
It kinda goes without sayin’ (yet I’m going to anyway) that CONSUMPTION gets my highest recommendation, especially for cats who are cool enough to look past a few budgetary limitations to enjoy a killer terror tale by a dude, writer-director Brandon Scullion, I can’t wait to see more from!