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Choker (2005)

A serial killer is let loose to hunt down and kill alien beings who can only survive by inhabiting human bodies

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Nick Vallelonga

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Nick Vallelonga
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Sloan ... Hud Masters
Colleen Porch ... Logan
Hayley DuMond ... Leader (as Hayley Du Mond)
Nick Vallelonga ... Frank Russo
Tony Denison ... Murcer
Susse Budde ... Stacy Russo
Robert R. Shafer ... Clark (as Bobby Ray Shafer)
Katrina Law ... Santo
James Quattrochi ... Rourke
Ella Thomas ... Godiva
Paula Miranda ... Kitten
Kimberly Estrada ... Kat - Alley Fight
Nina Kaczorowski ... Nina - Woman in Motel
Dyna Teal Dyna Teal ... Gorgeous Redhead
Adrienne Janic ... Gorgeous Brunette
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Storyline

The serial-killer Hud Masters and his partner Logan have been recruited by a governmental agency to hunt down aliens that can survive for a period inhabiting human bodies. Logan reports their murders to her boss Frank Russo, a family man married with Stacy Russo with a daughter, who has a team to remove the bodies and any evidence. When an alien switch bodies to escape from Hud, Lt. Murcer, Lt. Clark and the coroner Santo are forced to return the bodies and Hud, who had been captured by the detectives, to Frank that explains that one hundred aliens from an evolved race had moved to Earth since their planet is doomed. Now Hud has to chase the dangerous Leader, who has adapted to the atmosphere of our planet and wants to breed. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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alien | murder | See All (2) »

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Horror | Action | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for disturbing sci-fi action and violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Disturbance See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$35,000 (estimated)
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Color
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The budget for this film was only thirty-five thousand dollars. It was originally conceived and shot as an HD experiment in twelve days. The director wanted to shoot a small film using HD cameras and mostly practical lighting. See more »

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They are among us
18 February 2005 | by slomocherrySee all my reviews

Choker is an interesting creature, much like the surprisingly sympathetic characters that are presented to us in the film itself.

Seeing the film projected in vivid HD on a big screen probably helped the illusion of being dunked into this "sci-fi/noir" world and being told that the film was conceived and developed over a six week period prior to a twelve day shoot definitely got a raised eyebrow from me.

The cast elevated this thing immensely. Even the director, who was at this screening, said that without his cast, the material could easily have been reduced to the mediocre. I must remark on this. Based on what I saw and knew of the film, I would have scored this film smack in the middle of a 1-10 scale. Having said that, and given the singular performance of actress Hayley DuMond (playing the lead villain), I must score this film at least one or two points higher - her performance does not deserve to be in a film ranked as a "5" and it elevates the film without question.

Solid performances from all, including leads Paul Sloan and Colleen Porch aside, I felt quite disappointed, not because I wasn't engaged...the story demands you keep paying attention - but because with minuscule budgets and no time, a project's true potential can be undermined. Some sequences were gorgeous, well acted and moving - others were muddy and looked rushed or dragged out. To be expected yes, but still a mark against.

I expected more horror, but got more of a thriller. Expected more gore; got more creepiness and social commentary. Kind of a cool surprise - I left with the feeling that I had still gotten a little bit of entertainment from a film that seemed to have been made on sheer determination on the part of a gung-ho cast and crew.

The film itself is not what I would technically ever call a great film, but the energy behind it seemed to want so badly to contradict that.


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