The next chapter in Dakota Bailey’s string of degenerate character studies is here. This film even has a prequel-esque/origin story feel, letting us know that there is surely more to come from this up-and-coming writer/director.

If you’ve seen any of Bailey’s films in the past, you know what you’re getting into with this one. If you haven’t seen any of his stuff, this is a great place to start. This is easily his most polished and expensive looking film. Of course, he is a microbudget guy, so you need to expect a grimy no-budget feel that adds to the realistic aspect of the films.

As far as production value goes, you can probably see where we are going with this one. It’s a hell of a lot better. Bailey’s work has improved in all aspects of writing and cinematography. I like his use of lighting, episodic structure, and narration. While I think his previous film had a more effective use of shadow and close-up work, I still really like what this one has to offer in regard to story.

So while it is not overly gory or even violent for that matter, it is still a nice example of his work. While it is his easiest to watch, and hear for that matter, it isn’t quite as disturbing as his last film. I have a hard time ranking it; however, since most people haven’t seen all of his stuff, it wouldn’t matter anyway. What I can say is that this guy is becoming a voice in realistic exploitation filmmaking. I think he does things in his work reminiscent of the sleazy Italian sexploitation films of the seventies. I think he manages to tell short character driven stories without tons of over-the-top effects as well. Similar to the early work of films on the Sleaze Box label, this is probably a film that should appear in the pile of raunchy DVD’s that you don’t want you kids to see.


Author: Steven Paul

Born and raised in Michigan, slowly dying in Florida. I'm here to keep you informed about everything in the world of indie horror. I also specialize in all genres of exploitation, cult, and extreme cinema. As part owner and Editor of Film and Television for Beneath the Underground, it is my responsibility to provide vast amounts of information for the horror fan and an outlet for the filmmaker.

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