- 3 2017
Gabriel Campisi, Jared Cohn, Demetrius Stear, David S. Sterling, Randy Wayne for Traplight Media
directed by Jared Cohn
starring Randy Wayne, Demetrius Stear, Sara Malakul Lane, Jessica Louise Long, Walker Mintz, Nash Carter, Tom McLaren, Gena Kay, Jordan Preston, Xan Rogers, Ashley Young, Amor Hilton, Jessica Beeman, Karalynn Dunton, Nicole Webb, Rhett Wellington, Kimberly Rebeca, Shawn C. Phillips, Jared Cohn, Kelly Erin Decker, Jeff Leroy, Tom Newth, Jay Carreker, A.J. Wartinger, Amanda Goff, Jack Matzye, HenRii Coleman, Crystal Coreen, Maya Washington, James Cullen Bressack, Chance Guess, Brandon Jones, Sonya Davis, Gregory KulpBrian C. Baker, John Nikitin, Hannah Townsend, Callie Cleaves, Carl Donelson, Azikwa Rustin, Gino Miller, Amanda Wade, Josh Maas, Carla Miskawi, Chris Kaiser
written by Jared Cohn, music by Chase Kuker
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Ever since he was a kid and a sadistic babysitter (Jessica Louise Long)
took pleasure in pushing his head under water until he nearly drowned,
Johnny (Randy Wayne) has been mortally afraid of water. These days, he's a
wannabe actor in LA who's behind on the rent, invariably out of money, but
not willing to find a proper job and give up his dream ... but that said,
boozing and doing weed won't get him any roles either. So eventually, his
best friend and drinking buddy Brandon (Demetrius Stear) persuades him to
work with him as poolboy. At first the job freaks him out, but then he
finds himself alone with a lovely client (Nash Carter) who lures him into
her pool and tries to seduce him - and he is suddenly overcome by rage and
drowns her ... and likes it a lot. So he continues drowning pretty girls,
and since there's no shortage of pool parties in LA, he finds plenty of
opportunity - and soon, he becomes known as the Valley Drowner, but
that said, the police is pretty clueless about his identity. He tells
Brandon though ... and Brandon is mighty impressed, because his misdeeds
have made a star out of him, something he might have never become had he
sticked to acting. So Brandon helps Johnny in every aspect of his killings
short of killing itself, including tracking down possible victims and the
like. Things only turn problematic when "fans" of the Valley
Drowner throw a party for him and he insists on going - and somehow the
police gets wind of this ...
Some nice cameos in this one,
horror-blogger-turned-actor Shawn C. Phillips plays a porn star, director
James Cullen Bressack the one guy at a party who has enough sense to call
the police on Johnny's arrival, and director Jared Cohn himself plays an
overly pretentious porn director.
Even if this movie doesn't
exactly go the comedy route, it would be wrong to take it wholly
seriously. Basically, Death Pool is a piece of social commentary
about today's warped perception of stardom - but wrapped into the clothes
of an actually rather violent thriller, that's told in a light-footed way
that often emphasizes on the absurdity of situations and heightens them to
at times comical effect. And that actually works like a charm, as it
reminds one that horror can actually be fun as well, but gets one thinking
as well (if one's inclined to) without hammering the message home.
a real fun movie that works as a cool party flick but has more to offer.