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The Redeeming Review

Synopsis

The synopsis for The Redeeming states; ‘A disturbed single mother confronts a mysterious stranger and the echoes of her past to protect her home.’

Vague, ominous and yearning for more. The movie centres around Joyce (Tracey Ann Wood) who lives alone in a secluded country house. From the outset we’re given a glimpse into the woman’s tentative psyche, which is only exacerbated with the introduction of John (Ryan Wichert) The young man has apparently injured his arm and seeks refuge in her home. Joyce obliges and not only lets the man in, but tends to his wounds as well. As the movie progresses it becomes apparent that not all is as it seems. The pair, despite apparently not knowing each other, seem to share a dark bond.

The Redeeming

Review

As far as psychological thrillers go, director Brian Barnes does a great job of building suspense and keeping us on our toes. Personally, I thought from the outset that it was going to be a straightforward, cliche-ridden plot, but as the movie progressed I realised how wrong I was. The movie keeps you guessing throughout, with both characters portraying a secretive, almost sinister side at times. Think Misery with a paranormal twist and you’ll be close to the plot.

The Redeeming

The Redeeming was made with a considerably low budget, yet Barnes managed to overcome this through great casting and good cinematography. The only thing lacking for me was the intensity. There seemed to be a slight reluctance from both parties to be physically assertive when the time came. Whether this was down to the low budget and the subsequent “don’t damage my house” rule, or just an oversight in general, it was the only negative I could really find. However, with a convincing portrayal of diminishing mental health, a decent rapport between the pair, and a satisfying ending, the movie more than makes up for this.

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HNN Film Festival is accepting feature film submissions starting on June 8th, 2020 through Film Freeway.   HNN Film Festival is sponsored by Horrornews.net and in association with Bayview Entertainment, the FIRST PRIZE winner will get a distribution deal to get their feature film released on the “HNN presents” distribution label.

HNN recognizes that the landscape of the entertainment business is changing as repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges we face social distancing in our theaters and festivals.   Therefore, the HNN Film Festival will completely be an “at home” experience.  

“HNN Film Festival seems like the natural progression of things. I’ve been involved in business of horror for over a decade, specifically supporting the efforts of independent filmmakers. I think we all strive to watch the perfect film and while some say that’s an impossible task, what’s enjoyable is the journey. The endless search to find the holy grail of movies, or by horror standards, the unholy grail. You know it’s a good film when you are sitting on the edge of your seat and experiencing the story along with the characters. You know it’s a great film when that feeling of excitement stays with you long after you stopped watching the movie.” –  HNN Manager, Michael Joy

For more information:
https://filmfreeway.com/HNNFilmFestival

About HNN Presents:
We believe in horror. This is the genesis of a new era in how people consume entertainment and we are leading the charge to a revolution. As we stand at the forefront of the film industries rebirth, it’s our mission to establish the horror genre as the epicenter of the “at home” video experience.

About Bayview Entertainment:
BayView Entertainment, LLC, is a full service media company committed to acquire, develop, produce, market and distribute audio-visual content. For over fifteen years, BayView made its name by being dedicated to releasing only the best programs in each category from some of the most trusted names in the field.

BayView’s disc programming can be found throughout the country at all online suppliers plus fine brick & mortar retailers, as well as streaming/video on demand at all major digital retailers and platforms.

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The Dinner Party

Do you know one of the things I love about horror? It’s how versatile it can be. I know there are a lot of copy and paste plots which have been used again and again and again, but every now and then you get something different. Sometimes, there’s that odd gem within a sea of glass that just shines brighter than the rest. The Dinner Party is one such gem.

The story centres around a budding playwright (Mike Mayhall) and his wife (Alli Hart) who attend a dinner party hosted by wealthy, cultural elites. These social aristocrats have promised to bankroll the writer’s latest play to Broadway, but, in fact, have darker designs in mind for the couple. This becomes more and more apparent as the story unravels, with a series of twists and turns along the way.

Alli Hart stars in her first lead role and I think it’s safe to say it certainly won’t be her last. Her performance was absolutely spectacular, there was so much depth to her character. Starting out as withdrawn and painfully submissive, Hart’s character gradually evolves into an assertive, vengeful, survivor. This transition is brilliantly presented; a testament to Hart’s versatile acting and the brilliant cinematography of the team involved.

The supporting cast were a perfect fit for the movie, each bringing their own unique qualities. Bill Sage as Carmine had an unquestionable authority, whilst Sawandi Wilson’s flamboyant portrayal of Sebastian gave the movie that much-needed panache. This, coupled with the sultry performances of Kamille McCuin and Lindsay Anne Williams (Agatha and Sadie respectively) allowed for a well rounded cast. Williams also brought with her an air of spiritualism and mystery which proved to be a vital component as the story progressed.

The Dinner Party

Miles Doleac is clearly a man of many talents, having directed, co-wrote and starred in the film as Vincent, one of the social elite. Another versatile actor, Doleac oozes charm and sophistication which is a stark contrast to some of his previous roles. But there was just one thing I couldn’t get out of my mind – He sounds EXACTLY like Iain Glen (Jorah in Game of Thrones). Genuinely, I thought it was Glen sat there! He even resembles him in a way (Long lost brothers perhaps?) Honestly, watch it and tell me I’m wrong. Despite this moment of confusion (culminating in me walking right up to the screen to make sure…) Doleac’s role was well received and a standout performance.

The Dinner Party

The movie itself was quite compelling. It had an air of mystery from the outset which only grew more intense as the story progressed. Add in some ritualistic cannibalism, a generous helping of blood and gore with a religious undertone throughout and you’ve got a great flick! The supporting cast also played a vital part in elevating this movie to tremendous heights, although the apparent immortality of one did raise eyebrows. I’m not saying it couldn’t happen, but I’d imagine if one got stabbed repeatedly in the stomach and neck it would have a more debilitating effect than what was portrayed. Whether this was part of the plot that I missed, or just a stubbornness in the face of death, it didn’t really take much away from what was an extremely enjoyable film.

I hope you’re hungry for more. The Dinner Party is due to be released on June 5th and is available on DVD and Digital from Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, Fandango Now, Xbox, Dish Network, Direct TV and through local cable providers. Make sure you bring your appetite!

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