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Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival
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“Ingeniously twisted... will be best appreciated by those who like their horror movies without milk, cream, or sugar” – Phil Nugent, NERVE.COM
“Proves that youth-centric horror is best served when pitched with a grown-up frame of mind” – Michael Gingold, FANGORIA
Director: Phedon Papamichael
Screenplay: Brad Keene
Cast: Elizabeth Rice, Thomas Dekker, Kelly Blatz, Laura Allen, Rumer Willis
Producers: Adrian Butchart, Chris Gibbin
Distributor: Burgundy Films
“You can’t believe in the light without believing in the dark.” A small religious community is struck by a mysterious suicide plague in this nasty U.S. shocker from gifted cinematographer Phedon Papamichael (WALK THE LINE, 3:10 TO YUMA). Hell comes to the streets of Grovetown after an alienated teenager blows his brains out in front his girlfriend. Within hours, she too is dead. By the following morning, there has been a third suicide. The town is in a state of panic. The people who’ve died showed no indications of suicidal tendencies. The only known link is that each new suicide had been in contact with the previous one within hours of their demise. The town believes that witchcraft may be at play. This is not inconsequential in a community where a woman suspected of being impure was found burned to death from an “accident.” Can the believers be saved? What about the non-devout? Blood continues to flow and tensions escalate to a violent fever pitch.
Religious extremism is every bit as frightening as supernatural bloodshed and FROM WITHIN delivers both in provocative spades. Papamichael makes a subversive film all the more radical by mounting it as a teen horror vehicle populated with a hip cast that includes Thomas Decker, Elizabeth Rice and Rumer Willis. All turn in harrowing performances that will likely shock the hell out of their followers—those who haven’t already had their brains melted out their nostrils by the film’s acidic content! This is a major departure from the conventions of teen horror and audiences expecting a light, empty-headed scare ride are in for a very unpleasant surprise. While its visuals are sumptuous, the film’s atmosphere is steeped in doom, its numerous shock sequences do not remotely play softly and it forces its audience to question things that some consider unquestionable. Simply put, FROM WITHIN is the most severe teen horror film in ages and one of the better U.S. genre productions of the year. Say your prayers... or perhaps you shouldn’t!