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The Activated Man

USA 2023
produced by
Nicholas Gyeney, Kelsey Aho, Edi Zanidache, Jared Safier, Thomas Walton for Genie, Mirror Images, EZ Entertainment, Safier Entertainment, United West
directed by Nicholas Gyeney
starring Tony Todd, Kane Hodder, Sean Young, Jamie Costa, Ivana Rojas, Edward Michael Scott, Andrew Keegan, Sab Shimono, Vladimir Kulich, Sonia Jackson, Wary Nichen, Bryce Adam Brown, Takayo Fischer, Xavier Roe, Mike Rad, Perry Smith, Scott Fulmer, Jack Eyman, John Douglas Williams, Rio Lujan, Justin Sundquist, Russell Bowman, Jared Safier, Cesar Beitia, Thomas Walton, Kerri Hellmuth, William Hellmuth
written by Nicholas Gyeney, music by Cesar Beitia, special effects makeup by Podly James, Ashley Aldridge

review by
Mike Haberfelner

A murder/suicide epidemic has swept the country where so far totally "normal" people kill all their loved ones and then themselves. Sarah (Ivana Rojas) is investigating one such case - that completely leaves her stunned. Her fiancé Ors (Jamie Costa) in the meantime couldn't care less, he has lost his beloved dog to cancer, and that has thrown him into a dark hole of depression. And when he starts having visions of his dog, he starts doubting his own senses. Sarah though has his back during all of this. Things take a turn to the weird though when Ors meets Jeffrey (Tony Todd), his somewhat odd neighbout who turns out to be a psychic and tells him about a message from his dead dog. It sounds like madness at first, but the details Jeffrey knows about Ors and his dog hit too close to home for coincidence. But with Jeffrey, another being comes into Ors's life, the Fedora Man (Edward Michael Stott), a figure out of urban legend that's supposed to drive people to violent deeds and ultimately suicide when appearing to them - and really, at one point Ors attacks Sarah, something that's as per normal totally against his nature. Things ultimately turn out fine, but there was a reason the Fedora Man has been targeting Ors - and it somehow has to do with his estranged father (Kane Hodder) ...

Sean Young plays Ors's unresponsive mother.


Now sure, at the beginning the film takes a bit to kick into gear, but once it starts to move it turns into a rather exquisite supernatural mystery with many an interesting and surprising twist and turn, a cool build-up of suspense throughout, all carried by a directorial effort heavy on amtosphere and fittingly subtle in tone. And a solid cast peppered with some horror legends who all also deliver on their worth also helps to make this into one really cool genre movie.


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