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Free to a Bad Home

USA 2023
produced by
Kameron Hale, Scott Hale for HaleHouse Productions
directed by the Hale Brothers (= Kameron Hale, Scott Hale)
starring Miranda Nieman, Jake C. Young, Olivia Dennis, Hayley Sunshine, Tyler McGraw, Benjamin Paul Rigney, Katelyn Nevin, Roni Locke, Olivia Rose Barrell, Scott Hale, Kristen Lopez (= Kristen Hale), Kameron Hale, Ciera Eversole, Alex Ventura, Nathan Hackmann, Cody Stayden, Kris Kramer
written by Scott Hale, Kameron Hale, music by Dave Howell, Justin Miller, special effects by Kristen Hale, Robert Lopez

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Every object has a story to it, and one contributes to the story of whatever one touches, and becomes part of its story - inclunding all the things in a box by the wayside saying "free to a good home" ...

  • Amy's (Miranda Nieman) grieving after the loss of her husband, and she's drowning her sorrow in alcohol - before long together with her best friend Jill. But is that enough reason to jump off a water tower to her death?
  • Ryan (Jake C. Young) is a thief as common as they come, breaking and entering being his speciality. And on one such excursions, his spree is cut short by a locked safe - and across the room from it, there's a chained up woman, who asks him to free her in exchange for opening the safe for him. But she also tells him if he frees her she will slaughter the entire family living next door ...
  • Julia (Olivia Dennis) takes her best friends (Katelyn Nevin, Roni Locke, Olivia Rose Barrell) to a Halloween party thrown by an acquaintance - and while the girls all expect a night of drugs and booze, they ultimately get into something much more sinister ...

A pretty cool anthology of a trio of loosely connected stories that's really deceiving in its slowburn approach to horror, as it very gradually moves from down-to-earth schocker (especially the first story) into more and more disturbing material, with an utterly creepy finale. All of this is achieved to a story and atmosphere-centered directorial effort as well as a very cleverly structured screenplay that only by the by gives away the film's overarching theme and the stories' interconnections, while a very solid, down-to-earth cast helps making this into a really nice and pleasantly unusual genre entry.



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