Glenn Chung, Christopher A. Micklos, Jay Sapiro, J.J. Alaily (executive), Chad Brown (executive), Alex Evans (executive) for Three Tortured Minds
directed by Christopher A. Micklos, Jay Sapiro
starring Katherine Bellantone, Tom Dacey Carr, DeChantel Kosmatka, Thomas McCarthy, Hunter O'Harrow, Ayden Skye, Valerie Meachum, David Sapiro
story by Glenn Chung, Christopher A. Micklos, Jay Shapiro, screenplay by Christopher A. Micklos, music by Tasos Eliopoulos
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Mara's (Katherine Bellantone) in financially dire straits of late, so
when she unexpectedly inherits an abandoned hotel in the middle of nowhere
from her estranged and now deceased father, this seems like God's gift. So
she invites a handful of possible buyers - Ani (Ayden Skye), Nikki
(DeChantel Kosmatka), gay pizza boys with a predilection for the
paranormal Pete (Tom Dacey Carr) and Dex (Hunter O'Harrow), and cynical
macho sleazeball Donovan (Thomas McCarthy) - on a tour through the place,
intending to sell it as soon as possible, even under value. Now Mara has
never even seen the place before the day, and has no idea it has once been
a boarding school run by a sadistic headmistress (Valerie Meachum) and
that it's now said to be the most haunted place in the state - but Pete
and Dex know, and that's what draws them to it, while the other potential
buyers are rather impressed by the place. And then one of them, Nikki,
just disappears, and when looking for her bears no results, the rest of
the group head back to the car to find the car gone. With no better
option, they decide to stay the night at the place - after all it's well
equipped for that having once been a hotel. Thing is, the place is
actually haunted, not only by the many kids who have died here but also by
the headmistress and her equally sadistic brother (David Shapiro) ...
slowburn in approach, The Headmistress is nevertheless tense as
heck, is heavy on suspense and atmosphere, and makes the best of its
pretty creepy location. And when the tension boils over in the finale, the
film sure enough delivers its fair share of shocks. But even before that,
a pretty clever script with plenty of surprises has the audience at the
edges of their seats, while a solid cast keeps things relatable throughout
- and the result is one very fine piece of genre cinema.