- X 2019
Bruce Koehler, Bryan Koehler (executive), John W. Iwanonkiw (associate) for North Shore Pictures
directed by Bruce Koehler
starring Kurt Angle, Jenna Morasca, Eric Wright, Isabel Iwanonkiw, Natalie Bail, Vicki Roberts, Larry Kozlowski, Davide Dietz, Sam Nicotero, Clayton Hill, Jonas Chaney, Joe Shelby, John W. Iwanonkiw, Rob Stone, Sharon Ceccatti, Asbury Lake, George Drennen, Angie Corley, Bryan Koehler, Nick Tallo, Marilyn McCain, Dan Sherman, Catrina Rogers, Chuck Karol, Dave Hawk, Norm Wash
written by McCartney James, music by Jon Denney
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Bea (Natalie Bail), a pretty ballerina, is killed in a cheap motel room
- by her boyfriend Brad Mayfield (Kurt Angle), but nobody knows that yet,
and likewise nobody knows Mayfield's actually a dangerous psychopath, but
one who's very good at playing cat-and-mouse. His first action after the
murder is to disguise himself as a police officer, show up at Bea and
stripper Carol's (Jenna Morasca) apartment to confiscate her address book
- not so much to erradicate all evidence of his involvement with her but
... well, it helps playing cat-and-mouse, doesn't it?
(Eric Wright) is hot on the case, and soon has a lead to the killer (at
one instant he even IDs him at Bea's wake but of course has no proof to
hold him), but Mayfield's always one step ahead - which is exactly what he
needs to be to properly play his game. So Mayfield happily kills a
politician (Larry Kozlowski) Bea has been involved with and one of his
co-workers (Vicki Roberts), just to have a place to hide out for a few
Burk in the meanwhile figures Carol is the key to the mystery,
and after visiting her at one of her stripshows, the two even become
sexually involved. But of course, Burk is married and has a special needs
child, so their relationship can't last. So it's not long before Carol
allows herself to be picked up at a bar and invited on a yacht - by none
other than Mayfield of course.Then he visits Burk's wife and daughter
disguised as a clown, hospitalizes the wife and kidnaps the daughter ...
and suddenly the case has become very personal for Burk ...
low budget thriller that shows just what can be done on limited funds if
the script is well-written and features fleshed-out characters and the
direction stays away from spectacle in favour of decent storytelling and
concentrates of mounting up tension and suspense.
That said, the film is
not without its flaws, it fails to deliver the killer's motives and
reasoning (which is saved by a solid performance by Kurt Angle though),
and a few too many plottwists are actually pulled out of the hat - but the
way the story is told and the tension is built make more than up for it
and see to it that the whole thing remains totally enjoyable throughout.