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Sinful

USA 2020
produced by
Gregory Hatanaka, Chris Spinelli, Rich Mallery, Shane Ryan (co) for CineRidge Entertainment, Cinema Epoch
directed by Rich Mallery
starring Nicole D'Angelo, Christina Lo, Chris Spinelli
written by Rich Mallery, music by Toshiyuki Hiraoka, cinematography by Gregory Hatanaka

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Salem (Nicole D'Angelo) and Remy (Christina Lo) would be described as a "cute couple" under normal, circumstances - just, the circumstances are anything but normal, as after a brutal crime, the nature of which will only be revealed gradually over the course of the movie, the two hide out in a house they've broken into, knowing the owner's on vacation over the summer, and now they're waiting for Tyler, who's got the loot and is supposed to arrange for a getaway for the three of them - it's just that Tyler doesn't come, and Salem and Remy have no way to contact him, having smashed their cellphones to be untraceable. Now Salem and Remy are very much in love with each other, but being in each other's company all the time is getting on their nerves, and that Tyler just fails to show up day after day is getting to Remy as well, as she hardly knows him, and she starts getting a bit jealous as Salem seems to trust him a bit too unconditionally. Things get worse though when Remy starts seeing a masked man (Chris Spinelli) inside the house, wearing a mask just like they did while committing the crime, and that gets her on edge - especially since Salem doesn't see him, and even searches the house and comes up empty handed. Salem finds other things though, things that aren't supposed to be in the house, like tools they used for their crime, a video of the scene of the crime, and even her phone, inexplicably unsmashed. By then, Remy also starts to act weird, at times as if possessed, while Salem has a secret she knows she has to tell her sooner or later, a secret that Remy's quite sure not to like ...

 

A pretty effective piece of slowburn horror that does a great job of playing up the mysterious aspects of its story and manages to feed the viewer just as much of the whole as one needs to know at any given point, as with each revelation the film only gets more horrific. And a spectacle free directorial effort really helps highlighting the psychological aspects of the story, while the very natural performances by the two leads keep things grounded throughout - all of which is making this one a pretty creepy experience.

 

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