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Cast: Robert Miano, Sean Samuels, Rich Lee, Silvia Spross, Joe Pilato
A group of friends get lost in the seedy streets where they encounter a crazed gang of homeless derelicts that seizes them and one-by-one, horrifically kills all but one man. The surviving man escapes on foot, naked and unarmed, with a pack of depraved transients in pursuit, and only seconds away from capture.
This is my Fantasia Film Festival review for the film, "Parasites." The film tells the story of three college students who find themselves on the seedy side of town after making a few wrong turns. When rounding a corner one the tires blow out and upon inspection it was done on purpose with a piece of wood with nails driven trough it. Just as the three friends begin to change the tire they are approached by a gang of homeless people that don't take well to strangers. Things escalate quickly and two of the friends are killed by the gang's leader, Wilco. But one of them, Marshal gets away and goes the run, naked and afraid for his life as the gang closes in.
Writer/Director, Chad Ferrin was inspired by the true story of John Colter’s capture and escape from a ferocious Blackfeet tribe in 1809. He is no stranger to horror films but he moves away from that genre with this action/crime/thriller in the spirit of "Warriors" and "Judgement Night.” The film is dark, gritty and it moves along at a quick pace even though are several moments in the film where Marshal is just running while being chased by the gang and their psycho leader but Ferrin never lets too much time pass before giving the audience another action scene.
The film is done on a low budget but Ferrin makes the best of what he has to work with and filming on the more seedy parts of the city was the ideal location for the story where chaos runs rampant and there is no sign of law enforcement when you need it. I liked the film's look and the action scenes where really well done and there are several cool kills in the movie as well.
Another thing I liked about "Parasites" was the acting. Everyone in the film did a fantastic job but in the end the two stars were, Robert Miano who is always great and he doesn't disappoint here as the lunatic gang leader, Wilco and Sean Samuels who is also great as Marshal.
Director, Chad Ferrin delivers a gritty and intense survival, run for your life thriller and while he is it he delivers a few messages about our social climate as well but he does it without being preachy which is a bonus. "Parasites" is having its Fantasia Premiere on July 30 at 11:55 PM at the J.A. De Seve Theatre. I think it will go over very well because it delivers on being a high energy action/thriller but it also leaves you thinking about it long after it is over as well. I really enjoyed this Indie film and recommend it highly.
Released by CW Films
*** 3/4 Out Of *****