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Parched (2017)

R | | Horror | 30 December 2017 (UK)
A quintet of college kids take a road trip to an abandoned house and unintentionally drink infected water that turns them slowly insane and murderous - but this is no accident.

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Joe Leone

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Joe Leone
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Credited cast:
Angelica Arroliga Angelica Arroliga ... Cici
Gabriella Chiulli ... Ilona
Nicholas M. Garofolo ... Reginald
Kerwin Johnson Jr. Kerwin Johnson Jr. ... Ralph
Joe Leone ... Irwin
Alex Sarrigeorgiou ... Meredith
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Stressed from schoolwork, a group of college kids want to let off some steam, so they decide to go on a little trip. There is Ralph, the good looking alpha male, his girlfriend, the smoking hot and very wealthy (her father basically owns every industrial plant in the area) Ilona, Cici, their free-spirited and promiscuous friend, Irwin, the aspiring filmmaker stoner (who is documenting everything on his camcorder), and Meredith, a quiet and somewhat mysterious girl. They elect to drive deep into the woods and crash at an old farm house that Meredith is familiar with. Once they get there, they realize that Irwin forgot to pack the water that will sustain them through the weekend (even though he swears that he did). Meredith points out that there is what seems to be fresh water stream out back. Intensely thirsty from the early summer heat, they imbibe the cold and delicious spring water - As the night descends, the group begins acting somewhat strange. Ilona is hearing odd noises. Cici's... Written by Joe Leone

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Some footage shouldn't be found.

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Language:

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Release Date:

30 December 2017 (UK) See more »

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pretty fun found footage silliness
26 January 2018 | by rachsteinbergSee all my reviews

First off, you have to understand the dynamics of a found footage film to watch this movie, otherwise you'll hate it. For me, I like them in general (I LOVE Quarantine, an awesome concept with a great cast, and am meh about Blair Witch - all those jumpy camera shots make me nauseous).

This one felt very real to me, like it really was recovered video from someone's camcorder. It begins with one of the character's 'short films', which almost lost me entirely, but once that was over and I understood that the following footage was that character's, the "filmmaker"'s, perspective, I was along for the ride. The characters are fun, and often pretty funny - overall, the actors seemed really committed to making this zero budget movie come to life. The one dude in particular was really convincing and scared the hell out of me at the end.

The "twist" was all right - in fact, you could see it coming clearly, but there were some red herrings which threw you off. The final reveal was creepy, and I legit was freaked out by the one actress ( I won't spoil who...) - overall, I really liked the cast.

The camera work was actually pretty decent, and almost seemed like they were going for a "cinema verité" feel. The action did lag a bit in the middle, but definitely picked up in the third act, and had a cool climax.

Again, if you don't like this style of film, avoid this flick - but if you want to see a bunch of kids killing each other in the woods, this may be for you. I liked it.


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