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It's Just a Game

USA 2018
produced by
James Azrael, Daniel Emery Taylor, Ernesto Avina (executive), Daniel L. Bamberg (associate), G. Larry Butler (associate), Tre Morton (associate), Michael O'Brien (associate), Amanda Strickland (associate) for Debtor Entertainment
directed by Daniel Emery Taylor
starring Hannah Cohen-Lawlor, Leah Hudspeth, Alex Zuko, Sarah Kopkin, Alicia M. Clark, G. Larry Butler, Nadine Forbes, Rachel Marshall, Daniel Emery Taylor, Cassandra Bryson, Tobias Elmore, Jordan Ashley, Elisha Williams, David Woods, Amanda Strickland, Theresa Taylor, Chris Steele, James Azrael, Mallory Ivy, Daniel L. Bamberg, Mike Woods, Ami Taylor, 88 Keys Bamalam, Shawn C. Phillips, Kansas Bowling
written by Daniel Emery Taylor, music by David Ray, Russ Romine

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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At a sleepover with her friends Ruby (Sarah Kopkin), Claire (Nadine Forbes) and Isabella (Jordan Ashley), 16 year old nerdy Brianna (Hannah Cohen-Lawlor) is scared beyond what's funny in a prank - and while Claire and Isabella make fun of her, Ruby sticks by her. Thing is, after that sleepover, Claire really starts bullying Brianna, so much so that after a time she doesn't even want to see Ruby anymore. Instead she tries out a ritual that according to an urban legend is to summon a demon to kill her biggest enemy. And the next day, three hoodlums, Amelia (Leah Hudspeth), Marco (Alex Zuko) and Skullgirl (Rachel Marshall) break into Claire's house, kill all her family and kidnap her. Now Ruby is quick to think Brianna might have had something to do with it and confronts her, but Brianna denies all involvement, but in a way that leads to an argument. Not long after that, Amelia runs across Ruby's lesbian sister Jade (Alicia M. Clark), seduces and then kill her, then she and Marco also kill Ruby's dad (G. Larry Butler) and kidnap her. Of course, all of this could be attrigubed to coincidence - only it isn't as Amelia, Marco and Skullgirl are all part of a cult led by Brother Thaddeus (Daniel Emery Taylor) that has been called into action by Brianna's summoning and that has the mission to bring a demon back to this world - and to achieve this, the cult still needs the centerpiece, their sacrificial lamb: Brianna ...

 

Basically, It's Just a Game is a fun genre flick, one that combines elements from slasher, home invasion and Satanic cult movies that has all the shocks, the suspense, the violence, and even the humourous bits in all the right places and concentrates on a handful of relatable characters to keep the viewer engaged throughout. Now sure, this film is not the reinvention of the genre itself, but all the same it's entertaining throughout and should sit well with the casual horror fan.

 

 

 

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