- Nox 2019
Evan Cecil, Elaine Marie Gibson, Todd Myers for Mad Rodeo Productions, Dragonfly Films
directed by Evan Cecil
starring Lindsey Morgan, Andrew Jacobs, Sean Patrick Flanery, Skyler Cooper, Karen Grassle, Heather Mignon, Thomas Cokenias, Benedita Pereira, Steven Anthony Jones, Molly Goode, Monique Bricca, Don Demico, Tony Vella, Zoe Swenson Graham, Joe Sobalo jr, Travis Andre Ross, Halliny Ferreira, Todd Myers, Sándor Helderman, Amber Myers, Chrysta Bell, Michael Gomes, Tim Lajcik, Morgan Benoit, Melissa Tracy, Adam Gomez, Luke Kearney, Frank Trigg, Emily Marie Grant
story by Evan Cecil, Roberto Marinas, screenplay by Roberto Marinas, music by Alexis Grapsas
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Kit (Lindsey Morgan) and Simon (Andrew Jacobs) take a busload of
pensioners to Pomroy Hacket's (Thomas Cokenias) rodeo right in the middle
of nowhere, and everyone seems to have a good time - until upon leaving,
their bus gets attacked by a rider with a hook on a leash who kills their
busdriver, and it's only thanks to Kit's quick thinking that they get away
at all - all but Simon, who had to fetch something from the rodeo grounds,
and who's quickly captured and caged by the rodeo people ... where he
meets a few others who share his fate, including one-armed rodeo rider
Ennis (Sean Patrick Flanery), rodeo queen Rosheen (Heather Mignon) and
strongwoman Trish (Skyler Cooper), and together they manage to escape the
cage - but not the rodeo crowds, which are huge, and Hacket's people are
everywhere. And slowly, the ranks of our heroes thin out, while the rest
play hide and seek, with varying success.
Meanwhile, Kit in the bus doesn't fare any better, the thing breaks
down soon enough, and in an effort to get it going again, they are tracked
down by Hacket's man one by one ultil only Kit and elderly Lillian (Karen
Grassle) remain alive - but are soon captured.
Eventually, Simon and Ennis put into action to make an escape, but it
would mean leaving the others behind - and Simon, his heart always in the
right place, just cannot do that. Problem is, Simon might be a good guy,
but he's seriously lacking in courage, physical strength and ruthlessness,
and might be not enough man to save those in need despite his best
One can't deny, Lasso is a slasher movie, and it
follows the formula very closely - but even in doing so, it shows more
creativity than most slashers of this day: Setting the thing at a rodeo by
itself is quite original, and rodeo-themed action and murders are used
throughout the film, plus the heroes are more of a diverse (also agewise)
and heterogenous group than usual, relying on more than just good-looking
teens, and the whole thing's very well-paced and brutal, but with traces
of irony throughout. Plus, the courage-less but big-hearted hero is
utterly relatable, too. Defiinitely worth a watch.