Michael Coulombe, Narlyia Sterling, Shayla Hudson Riggle
directed by Michael Coulombe
starring segment Ezili: Denise Milfort, Kara Schaaf, Bechir Sylvain, Jake Red; segment Bag of Tricks: Jenna Nolen, Frank Bernard Smith jr III, Calisto Thompson; segment The Deal: Dave Beaudrie, John Kent, Kevin Caliber, Gina Wong; segment The Wrong Profile: Kyler Porche, Todd James Jackson, Paul Stroili, Marita Gomsrud; segment Silhouette: Jesse Daniel Hughes, Jess Adams, Candice Callins, Max Tijerino, Siera Thompson; segment Soundbite: Taylor Murphy-Sinclair; segment Stalk: Kara Schaaf, Tyler Gallant; segment Love Me Not: Vanessa Esperanza, David Blanco, AJ Allen, Brantley J. Brown, Axel Valdivia, Christopher Meares, Samantha Janssen, Ashley Janssen; segment Ax: Todd James Jackson, Marita Gomsrud
story by Richardson Chery, Marie Shella Tan (segment Ezili), screenplay by Brantley J. Brown (segments Ezili, Soundbite, Stalk, Love Me Not), Dave Beaudrie (segment The Deal), Kenny Kurtkan (The Wrong Profile), Jesse Daniel Hughes (segment Silhouette), Michael Coulombe (segments Soundbite, Ax), music by Andre Aldana, Gustavo Miranda, Richard Trejo, Dmitry Karpovich
Ezili: On the run from her abusive husband (Jake Red),
pregnant Jillian (Kara Schaaf) finds abode at her friends Nadia
(Denise Milfort) and Richard (Bechir Sylvain) - not knowing of course
that Nadia, who has only recently lost her unborn child, has plans for
Jillian's offspring, plans Jillian is no part of, and she's got the
means to achieve them ...
- Bag of Tricks: When little Timmy (Calisto Thompson) comes
trick-or-treating dressed up as a ghost to Tiffany (Jenna Nolan) and
Ryan's (Frank Bernard Smith jr III), Ryan scares him away, just for a
laugh. But little could he know that Timmy's a real ghost - one that's
bound to come back with a vengeance ...
- The Deal: Mr. Glades (John Kent) and Atlas (Kevin Caliber)
are convinced that Sam (Dave Beaudrie), whom they have chained up in
the basement and ready for torture, is actually hitman Shadow - and
they want to get their hands on the money he has made over the years
offing people. And to persuade him to cooperate, they have actually
invited over his girlfriend (Gina Wong) to make their point. But alas,
there are a few things they just don't know ...
- The Wrong Profile: At
first, it seems to be nothing but a routine, even boring stake-out,
where old-school detective, Vincent (Paul Stroili) shows rookie John
(Kyler Porche) the ropes, and in fact Vincent doesn't even believe the
subject they're shadowing, Zachary (Todd James Jackson), is really
guilty of serial homicide. And that's just the first mistake he has
- Silhouette: Amy (Jess Adams) would probably still be alive
had only Sean (Jessie Daniel Hughes) held open the elevator door for a
bit when he was going up for his room and let her slip in. Instead she
got killed waiting for the lift to come back down - and now her ghost
has returned to have her revenbe on Sean ...
- Soundbite: Listeening to
music on her earphones, our heroine (Taylor
Murphy-Sinclair) turns on her laptop ... and the music changes to weird
and mesmerizing. Soon our heroine feels like in a trance, and her nose and ears start
bleeding. And then she hears voices ...
- Stalk: Walking home alone one night, Vanessa (Kara Schaaf)
is followed by a knife wielding masked killer (Tyler Gallant), who
manages to sneak up on her and drag her into a dark corner. However,
it's not quite clear who's the hunter and who's the prey ...
- Love Me Not: Feeling
under-appreciated by her current boyfriend Brad (David Blanco), Jenny (Vanessa Esperanza)
has decided to invite him as well as all of their exes over to their
Valentine dinner. Only her exes might not be all that alive anymore ...
- Ax: Having just killed his
girlfriend (Marita Gomsrud) using an ax,
James (Todd James Jackson) asks himself "What drives a man to
An anthology that pretty much has something for every genre fan, as it
ranges from reality-bound psycho-horror to ghosts and possession, varying
in tone from the genuinely terrifying to the darkly humourous, and
covering the field from psychological to visceral horror over the course
of its run. But what all the segments have in common, they're well-crafted
by a genre-savvy hand, the individual casts are all strong, and the
stories told are engaging, making this into a pretty cool collection of
... and if this has gotten you at all interested, you might
want to watch Dark Lullabies at https://link.tubi.tv/nAfFXvk7Uwb
review © by Mike Haberfelner
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