- Us 2018
Josh Russell, Sierra Russell, Jason Miller, Bryan Coyne for Coin-Op Flix
directed by Bryan Coyne
starring Brea Grant, Graham Skipper, Alycia Lourim, Heather Vaughn, Richard Diehle, Diane Goldner, Miles Dougal, Heather Dorff, Sandy Stoltz, Kire Horton, Sara Parrish, Bryan Coyne, Danielle Reverman, Hannah Prichard, Andrea Collins
written by Bryan Coyne, music by Andrew J. Ceperley, special effects by Josh Russell, special makeup effects by Sierra Russell
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After some traumatic experiences in LA, Ella (Brea Grant) and her
husband Robert (Graham Skipper) leave the big city to work in a small and
peaceful town, she as a middle school teacher, he as a nurse - and they
move in exactly on Halloween. They soon have to realize though that small
town life isn't totally stress-free either, as their neighbour is a
convicted pedophile (Miles Dougal) who's just creepy as hell. But overall,
their first day in town isn't that bad, they spend the day unpacking and
carving pumpkins ... and then at nightfall Robert has to leave for his
first day on the job, while Ella's a little scared. And scared she should
be, as two twin sisters (Alycia Lourim, Heather Vaughn), about 14 of age
and wearing masks, roam the neighbourhood trick-or-treating - but they
brutally slaughter whoever has no treats for them. And they're closing in
on Ella's house ...
Horror fave Heather Dorff plays teh mother of the twins - but she dies
before their birth even.
Despite this being a slasher movie set at halloween, this film
has remarkably little to do with John Carpenter's classic Halloween,
instead it tells a character-driven story that at times strays far from
the horror genre for narrative reasons, and that really gets into the
heads of its protagonists to only then strike with full force, with
killings that are carefully balanced between shock and suspense, and at
least one especially grotesque corpse is definitely hall-of-fame worthy.
This all is made possible by a very assured directorial effort, a solid
cast, and a pretty great score. And while the film itself plays straight,
one has to love the epilogue for its self-ironic approach.
Well worth a