- 3 2017
John Rosborough, Lisa Heyden, Debbie Rochon, James Morgart (executive), Jennifer Morgart (associate), Greg Lamberson (line) for Penny Spent Films, Rebel Idol Films
directed by Debbie Rochon
starring Lynn Lowry, Tiffany Shepis, Brian Fortune, Carmine Capobianco, Suzi Lorraine, Voltaire, Kaylee Williams, Michael Thurber, Babette Bombshell, Robert Bozek, Rachel Jane Conn, Jayne Caswwell, David Marancik, Michael O'Hear, Samantha Hoy, Mia Page, Mary Bogle, Michael Varrati, Lisa Dee, Bette Cassatt, Jennifer McMahon, Kathy Murphy, Rodney Horn, Lauretta Ryan, Myles Gregory Nickerson, Maria Ryan
written by James Morgart, music by Harry Manfredini, special effects supervisor: Ingrid Okola, special effects makeup by Paul Mafuz, cinematography by Wolfgang Meyer
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Ginny (Lynn Lowry) is the nice elderly neighbourhood woman who's
friendly to just about everyone, always welcomes fundraisers and other
peddlers (heck, even Jehova's witnesses) into her house for tea and
cookies, and really seems as if she couldn't hurt a fly. Of course, she
mostly drugs, tortures, kills, cooks and eats her unannounced visitors,
but technically, they are no flies, so point proven. And why does she kill
her visitors, mostly young and attractive women? Because she once was a
successful model whose body type eventually went out of style, which
turned her career into a hell. Sure, her victims all turn up on missing
persons lists eventually, but hey, who'd suspect that nice elderly lady?
Debbie (Tiffany Shepis), a woman with some major psychological problems
who has only just moved into the neighbourhood with her husband Sal
(Carmine Capobianco) and who begins to suspect there's something wrong at
Ginny's place from day one ... but who's going to believe an unstable
woman like her? Even Sal doubts her judgment ...
Ginny sends some
cookies over to Debbie as a welcome present, but Debbie won't touch
anything Ginny has prepared, so Sal has them all - and it was a wise
decision on Debbie's behalf, too, as the cookies were lined with drugs,
and Sal, driving to work, breaks down over the steering wheel, crashes his
car and dies.
This breaks down Debbie even more of course, but also
makes her more determined to find out about her neighbour - and when she
sees a cute Jehova's Witness (Kaylee Williams) disappear into her house
and not come out again, she thinks her chance has come ...
Suzi Lorraine (in a fat suit) is somewhat of the Greek Choir as an
overweight shopping show host, Babette Bombshell is her number one model,
and Michael Thurber plays Ginny's creepy neighbour.
Hunger, the directorial debut of indie horror icon Debbie Rochon, is
pretty much made up of all the elements that make up a good indie horror
movie: The plot is highly original, doesn't follow any formula, and does
bring its message across in a unique (and bloody) way without forcing
itself into a politically correct corset, the humour's of a very dark
variety, the gore scenes are mean (if not overly graphic), and many a
well-known face of the indie horror community show to what a high standard
the acting in the genre has come in recent years, with Lynn Lowry and
Tiffany Shepis being an especially strong duo of leads. And when it comes
to direction, Rochon shows great talent, not losing the ball once, always
being in the thick of it.