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Cast: Wes Martinez, Monica Engesser, Mike Watkiss, Chris Cox, Carrie Fee

Director: Sixto Melendez

Genre: Horror/Thriller

Year: 2016

Rating: NR

Eddie returns to his home town hoping to pick up the pieces of his broken life. There he meets Amy, a mysterious young woman with an undeniable allure. Eddie falls for her, but he doesn't know that Amy is a conduit-a channel for evil that she most spread to others through attraction.

"The Conduit" tells the story of Eddie who is finding life to be a bit much lately. He has to return to his hometown after his Aunt passes away because she left him the house. Eddie was raised by his Aunt after the unforgettable horror that happened when he was little. After going home his best friend finds him laying on the floor in his house after he over doses. Lucky for him his friend found him in time and he survives and attends some meetings. There he meats a beautiful young lady, Amy and things all of sudden seem right but Amy has her own baggage which includes a drug problem and being a conduit for something a lot more sinister and she is looking to pass it onto Eddie.

"The Conduit" is an entertaining film but I am not sure it will be for everyone. The film is a slow burn, there is a lot happening story wise but not a lot if you are expecting an all out horror film dealing with Amy and her demon. There is not much in the way of killings or blood and guts until the very end but even then there is not all that much.

Instead the film is story and character driven but that for me was what made the film entertaining. Right from the start you are drawn into Eddie's life, you want to know more about his past and you can't help but wonder where it is all going. All the characters in the film are interesting and not one of them is wasted.

Acting wise the cast did a great job playing their characters including, Monica Engesser who is amazing as Amy. She is a beautiful and talented actress who I hope to see a lot more of in the future. Wes Martinez is also excellent as Eddie, he does a fantastic job bringing out all his character's emotions and feelings. And the supporting cast were all great as well. The film also has a cameo in it from the great Maria Olsen, an Independent film favorite. Production wise the film looks and sounds great and the settings used were perfect and they really helped in creating the right atmosphere.

Like I said before I am not sure the film will be for everyone but if you like a horror film that has a well-thought out story and characters you can feel for then I recommend checking this out. It may not be the best of its kind but it rises above its flaws with a well-written story and some solid acting, there are also a few jump scares as well as a few creepy moments to keep you on the edge. And last but not least I have to give credit to film maker, Sixto Melendez who wrote and directed the film which is his first feature film as well. I look forward to seeing where he goes from here.

Available now on DVD, you can order it HERE.

Released by Brain Damage Films

*** 1/4 Out Of *****