Essentially the most completely pleasant movie for the 2022 Portland Horror Movie Pageant was Alexandra Spieth’s debut function movie Stag. It was fingers down the largest shock of the pageant for us, as Spieth is a horror newcomer, and we have been floored by the comedian timing, the appearing dedication, the extremely awkward anxiety-building moments, and the poignant dramatic flip that the film makes.
The film is a little bit of a mashup of Bridesmaids, The Wicker Man, Midsommar, and an ’80s camp slasher movie, however the movie maintains its personal id all through. Although the script and plot echos the spirit of different nice horror tropes, it by no means seems like a replica, significantly when it hits the pivotal reveal. Lots of that may be a credit score to some stellar casting. Mary Glen Frederick is an appearing tour-de-force right here, with masterful comedian and thriller timing enjoying Jenny. Elizabeth Ramos is superb because the estranged bestie scuffling with an outdated grudge, and the remainder of the ensemble is a terrific assortment of colourful characters. You possibly can take a look at our full ★★★★ out of ★★★★★ evaluation of Stag HERE.
We had as a lot enjoyable speaking with Alexandra, as we did watching her film. It was a relaxed and breezy dialog to speak about her influences, experiences, and hopes for her movie. Although her background is within the comedy scene, she is a true-blue horror fan and acknowledged the trail of success was to comply with the well-worn impartial horror director path laid by the likes of John Carpenter and Sam Raimi. A sensible transfer! If Stag is any indication, she may have an extended and fruitful profession in scary movies.
In true indie movie custom, Alexandra is the author in addition to the director, and the cracking dialogue and excessive hysteria from the proceedings might be attributed on to her (and the terrific forged). We predict you’ll have as a lot enjoyable listening to Ms. Spieth as we had in speaking together with her. Stag has not but gotten its broad streaming launch but, however be assured that when it does, The Scariest Issues will let you recognize about it!
In the intervening time, right here’s the trailer to tide you over till it will get launched: