The Virgin Murders
Mike Hayden, Anelyse Belsom, Tina Randolph McCulloch (executive) for Drunk Monkey Productions
directed by Tina Randolph McCulloch
starring Elias Castillo, Shane Dean, Aneliese Roettger, Nomiki Konst, Pat Giglio, David C.Hayes, Sami Goodrum, Kelly D'Amato, Chris Nipples, Anthoni Giomi, Klive Kennedy, Jeff Dolniak, Tina Randolph McCulloch, Andrew Scully, Steve Bertrand, Brandon Luna, Amy Searcy, Ashley Francis, Liana Hubbard, Alana Porter
story concept by Ricardo Vasquez, screenplay by Tina Randolph McCulloch, Raven Blackwood
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Victor (Elias Castillo) is a down-on-his-luck paranormal investigator:
He got a divorce only recently and is already behind in alimony payments,
he's seriously behind on the assignments for the magazine he's writing for
and on the verge of being fired, but lacks inspiration to find a new story
to write about, his darker past assignments (especially an interview with
a vampire) still get to him, his job is ridiculed by pretty much everyone
(apart from the readers of his magazine I suppose), and worst of all, his
drinking habit has gotten out of control, which only makes things worse.
like a knight in shining armour, his cop friend Kyle (Shane Dean) pops up
and offers him a copy of an actual snuff video to base his next article
Too desperate to decline, Victor watches the video that shows a
masked man brtuatlly rape and kill tied up Madison (Aneliese Roettger) -
which is bad enough in itself, but the tape does something to Victor, it
urges him to watch the whole ordeal over and over again, Madison soon
seems to show up in his real life, too, and urge him to help her, like
some kind of vengeful ghost. And even though his mind is clouded by cheap
whiskey, something drives Victor to pick up investigations, and eventually
he finds a lead leading to Madison's killer - but what he finds is
anything but calming. And even when the case is closed and Victor should
be celebrated a hero, his life only spirals deeper into hell ...
all else, The Virgin Murders is a very disturbing film, a trip into
the mind of a man who can't distinguish reality from imagination anymore,
a mind that's crowded by rape, murder and nocturnal creatures on the one
side, fear and self doubt on the other. And that the whole thing doesn't
just fall apart is thanks on one hand to Elias Castillo's central
performance, that makes Victor not only a fallible but also pretty
likeable character, on the other hand to the directorial effort of Tina
Randolph McCulloch, who despite all the weird things going on chooses a
subtle approach to her subject matter to not just freak the audience out
but suck it into the story.
Pretty good, actually!