- Rot 2019
Cecily Mihok-Trenka, Steve Sage Goldberg, John Marean, Joseph A. Halsey, Lee Kolinsky, Ron Trenka (executive) for Rapier Wit Films, Steve Sage Productions
directed by Steve Sage Goldberg
starring Joseph A. Halsey, Sal Rendino, Nicole Vogt-Lowell, Chris Cardona, Myles Humphus, John Celentano, Robert Helmers, Frank Fileti, David Gilligan, Sean Randazzo, Chris Ebert, Alan Scott, Judy San Roman, Pamela Berke, Cheryl Martin
written by Lee Kolinsky, music by Taylor Bradshaw
Ever since his dishonourable discharge from the army after his
involvement in a friendly fire incident in Iraq, Doyle (Joseph A. Halsey)
has been hooked on heroin - which for him is a great way to escape
reality, so he doesn't even think about quitting ... and then some of the
heroin he has gotten off the pusher of his trust turns out to be lethal -
and he dies. But Alex (Sal Rendino) brings him back to life, Alex, who
implies that he might be an angel and who promises to get Doyle to heaven
if he fulfills a simple task: To take out Tommy (Chris Cardona), the man
who hooked him up with heroin to begin with, and retrieve a certain object
from him, a sacred knife of sorts.
Especially after he sees his
girlfriend (Nicole Vogt-Lowell) die from an overdose but leaving him a
gun, Doyle figures he's got nothing to lose - but he ought to have thought
a little harder, because someone who has something in his possession that
a supernatural being wants and can't get himself is lightly to be more
than mere human himself ...
A thriller at the crossroads of
junkie drama, high octane action and paranormal horror, Junkie Heaven
is above everything else just a really cool short that works in all of
these genres, and above all else manages to entertain with a fresh story
with plenty of surprise plottwists, all in a well-paced narrative
framework, sprinkled with some very decent action scenes, and carried by a
very competent cast.
Totally enjoyable, really.