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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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Release Date:

30 December 2017 (UK) See more »

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Putnam Valley, New York, USA See more »

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$5,000 (estimated)
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baby's first movie
12 February 2018 | by phenomynoussSee all my reviews

I can't hate this kind of film. It's not in any way painfully stupid or offensive to the senses. The problem with it is that it's just bad. It's like a group of people trying to paint a mural when none of them have any experience painting.

No one here was ready to do what they had to do here. The acting was not even on a level of being "bad" so much as it is plainly obvious that these kids involved have never done it before. The camerawork gets a pass as it's supposed to look like school project done on a single handheld camera. Lots of the effects such as people swinging a bat or an axe are not properly shot or cut, and you end up with a scene such as someone swinging at axe, and very clearly aiming away to avoid hitting the actor just before the camera turns away.

Everyone here seems to be trying their best, but they just can't. Nothing comes across as genuine or authentic. The way they deliver lines gives me flashbacks of Drama I classes with students delivering their first live performance. The only actor who came across as truly awful and not just inexperienced was the man playing Reginald, who seemed to be wrestling with a mouthful of lines written by someone who's never seen or heard a southerner outside of a 1930s cartoon.

It would be admirable as a friends project or a drama school assignment, but this is not a finished film fit for public consumption.


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