- Pop 2018
Adam Romanchik, Stephen Michael Giglio, Mike Pomerantz (executive), Ruth Pomerantz (executive), Susan Pomerantz (executive), Rich Wolff (executive), Richard Ross (executive), Susan Helfrich (executive), Scott Motisko (associate) for Pomerantz Pictures
directed by Stephen Michael Giglio
starring Andrew Hunsicker, Amanda K. Morales, Joe Walz, Shelley Brietling, Gina Destra, Marquis Valdez, Grant Behmke, Mike Sutton, Andrea Helfrich, Ryan Crepack, Chloe Carroll, Adam Rose, Gabby Scarantino, Bill Roberts, Gloria Schnure, Christopher Fistner, Bec Romanchik, Daniel Byrne
written by Adam Romanchik, Stephen Michael Giglio, music by John DeSentis
It's Dana's (Amanda K. Morales) 30th birthday, and this one's bound to
be special, as her estranged father Rufus (Andrew Hunsicker) has promised
to come by to make up for all the lost years ... but then Rufus doesn't
turn up. What Dana of course doesn't know is driving up to hers he took a
nap in his car to not fall asleep on the wheel and simply overslept.
Anyways, his no-show breaks her heart a bit, but what's even worse is ...
all her friends are infected by - something really, that makes them rot
away, have morbid hallucinations, and puke a lot before dying. So Dana's
not in a good place (both literally and metaphorically) at all - but thank
God Rufus finally arrives on the scene before the virus has taken hold of
her, and takes her to a motel to try to get her back on track ... but it
doesn't work that way, she's just deteriorating slower than her friends,
and despite his best efforts, dad has no means to heal her and might not
even be able to ward off being infected himself ...
this is not an actual zombie movie in the most narrow definition of the
genre, zombie fans will like this one for all the morbid details, the
make-up and the bodily fluids erupting from every pore of the infected.
But in all actuality this is more of a character piece, about a father
honestly wanting to make up to his daughter and fighting his inner demons
- and actually seeing the "outer" demons waaay too late because
of it. And it's the clever blend between these two very separate
approaches, paired with a subtle direction and strong performances by all
that really makes this movie, and puts it way beyond your usual genre