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Cruel

USA 2023
produced by
William Chaffin, Karen Moss, Naim David, Haytham David (executive), Eric Stary (executive) for Brave Runner Films, Few Man Crew Films
directed by Naim David
starring Erin Taylor, Sydney Vollmer, Robert Alan Walker, Mary Kay Riestenberg, Chris Dettone, Mickey Nunnari, Patrick Johnston, Ian Beckroege, Kennedy Hancock, Jocelyn Tanis, Karen Moss, Lee McGrath (voice)
written by Naim David, music by Edward Grant

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Ava (Erin Taylor) and Ashley's (Sydney Vollmer) foster parents (Robert Alan Walker, Mary Kay Riestenberg) have been killed by a masked murderer, a blow the girls haven't really bounced back from. Now Ava has undergone therapy ever since while Ashley just can't cope and really wants to move as far away as possible - something her somewhat deadbeat boyfriend Murphy's (Ian Beckroege) dead against. Now Ashley bids Ava good-bye, but after that Ava never hears again from her or her boyfriend. And Peter (Chris Dettone), the private detective she has hired to find her parents' killer, agrees with her when she suspects both to be murdered as well. On a more positive note, at her therapist (Jocelyn Tanis), Ava meets Patrick (Patrick Johnston), and the two immediately feel attracted to one another, so much so that Ava lets him take her out to her first date in months. Thing is, with all that's going on, she doesn't feel ready to commit to anyone again - and yet he's eating right out of her hand. And then Ava's therapist disappears - which makes Ava sure the killer circles in on her. Which is why she, her friend Liza (Kennedy Hancock), Patrick, Ava's ex Ethan (Mickey Nunnari) and of course Peter travel out to her parents' cabin in the woods to set a trap for the killer - but unfortunately it's a trap that can spring both ways ...

 

Cruel has an unmistakably 90s grunge vibe to it - which really makes the film very appealing already - and as such doesn't try to gloss over things but makes the best out of what it's got all the while telling a very comprehensive and suspenseful story with some violence and jump scares in all the right places, but never overpowering the story. And a competent cast really bring this movie to life, making this a pretty cool watch for sure.

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