Writing and Reviews – Denise Pasutti
In a quiet community a young woman is stalked by an unknown assailant who leaves photographs of brutally murdered young women at her workplace and on her car. Contacting the police leads nowhere as it is unclear whether the photos are real or staged.
The movie opens with a young woman returning home unaware that a half naked man in a weird mask is hiding in her living room. After being abducted she is tied up and photographed before being brutally killed. One of the photos is left for the main character Colleen (Claudia Lee) to discover. Apparently this is not the first time she has received such a picture but the police don’t react, not convinced that the photos are real despite some of the women having been reported missing. Jump to elsewhere and professional photographer Peter Hemmings (Kal Penn) is reading about the photos which is being taken/found in his hometown. This prompts him to go back there and recreate the photos with models to cash in on the stunt. Colleen eventually runs into Peter and his crew and ends up giving into his requests to go back to L.A. with him and be his muse. All the while Colleen is being stalked by the murders who are revealed right from the start.
Final Impressions: To begin or end with I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the majority of this flick was filmed in my hometown. I had to look it up after seeing a bottle gin in the store they were shopping at called Victoria Gin (local) and then seeing a familiar grocery store logo (Wellburns). Aside from that, the movie was kind of just meh. I wanted more info on the killers as there motives seemed to be steeped in something deeper that would explain the photos and I was curious about their relationship. There were a couple of cringe worthy kills but it felt like the movie had plucked bits and pieces from other movies and put them all together making it seem somewhat disjointed. Overall, great scenery, creepy killers but lacking depth of story and character. 2.5 developed photos out of 5.