Model Hunger – USA, 2015

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‘Revenge is a dish’

Model Hunger is a 2015 American horror film directed by Debbie Rochon (Varsity Blood) from a screenplay by James Morgart. It stars Lynn Lowry, Tiffany Shepis and Brian Fortune.

Harry Manfredini (Friday the 13th) provided the violin-infused soundtrack score.

Former pin-up model and actress Ginny (Lynn Lowry) had been cast aside by the heartless and exploitative modelling industry when she was a young woman due to her body type. Ginny didn’t take rejection well and over the years developed into a revenge seeking, bloodthirsty, broken woman.

 

When her new neighbours Debbie (Tiffany Shepis) and Sal (Carmine Capobianco) move in, Debbie begins to notice strange things going on next door. Sal credits it to Debbie’s psychological instability and believes she is seeing things, falling deeper into her psychosis.

Debbie is obsessively determined to figure out what secret life Ginny is leading. Her new nosey neighbour throws a damper on Ginny’s lifestyle activities; such as her cannibalistic food addictions and ever-growing body count. Both women become determined to put an end to the other’s obsession…

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Reviews:

” …Ginny uses torture, murder, and cannibalism to work through the psychological damage she endured during her time as a model. In Rochon’s hands, no one is safe, and that includes the audience […] Model Hunger is challenging stuff, but it’s also revolutionary and progressive, living up to the fever pitch of a classic Rochon performance so beautifully.” Andrew Shearer, Athens Banner-Herald

Model Hunger has its charm and a spirit that empowers through these characters sending a message to the new generation of women who feel entitled, enjoy excess and have lost their way. It does succeed also in that gritty underground style of filmmaking with paced and brutal torture, kills and violence that is infused with a clever build up. Lowry looks like she is having fun extracting bloody revenge on many different characters in a variety of different and vicious ways.” The Blood-Shed

” …it’s gritty, it has some scars… very much like the director herself. But if you look past some of Model Hunger‘s shortcomings, you’re going to find a solid story, a fantastic lead actress, and some laughs, gross-outs, and well-developed tension along the way.” Scott Hallam, Dread Central

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“It’s shocking and mean-spirited, but also humorous and fun. The script, which is one of my favorites of this year so far, has some cool commentary on women’s views of their own bodies on top of having great dialogue, especially for the film’s villain. It’s all rounded off by some very strong performances, in particular by Shepis and Lowry.” Giovanni Deldio, Horrorfreak News

“While there’s no question that Model Hunger is a low-budget effort, Rochon proves that a whole lot of talent and some mighty fine connections can take you an awful long way. In addition to Lowry’s top-notch performance, Rochon gets fine performances out of Tiffany Shepis and Babette Bombshell…” Richard Propes, The Independent Critic

“The plot is ropey, but Model Hunger is fantastically stomach churning and quite a thrill to watch. While the story never really amounts to anything, this is still high-class horror, featuring some great performances.” Emily Craig, The Movie Waffler

“The plot is highly original, doesn’t follow any formula, and does bring its message across in a unique (and bloody) way without forcing itself into a politically correct corset, the humour’s of a very dark variety, the gore scenes are mean (if not overly graphic), and many a well-known face of the indie horror community show to what a high standard the acting in the genre has come in recent years…” Mike Haberfelner, Search My Trash

“Despite the lack of realism, the message of the film is important. However, the delivery of that message was hard to draw out under all the gore and sometimes feels secondary to the gore. I can’t help but feel that this might be due to the writer, James Mogart having not lived with the constant body shaming that women go through.” Christopher Stewart, UK Horror Scene

“The handheld Model Hunger may look 90’s retro but I love the crazy revenge story and it’s packed full of fun performances. Lynn Lowry goes convincingly crazy in a wonderful role. Writers James Morgart and Debbie Rochon herself deliver some of the funniest dialogue I’ve heard in a horror film in some time.” Jason Minton, Without Your Head

” …brutal, darkly comic, tightly-knit, thoughtful and engaging in equal strides. It is also more than willing to plentifully offer what viewers have come to commonly expect in the category of revulsion. It is rare that we get such a captivating combination of all these arrangements.” Andrew Buckner, A Word of Dreams

Choice dialogue:

“You men have failed us. You’ve had centuries and millennium to fix the hell that you brought on to Earth. All you have done is to constantly explore new ways to exploit women. You f*ck with their minds just so you can fuck with their bodies. Then when they’re old what happens? After they have primped and shaved every f*cking crevasse of their body. After they’ve developed a newborn neurosis, anxiously worried about whether this body part is too fat or this body part is too thin, what then? You toss us to the side like a used Kleenex that you’d just jerked off into. Well, f*ck that.”

Main cast:

  • Lynn Lowry … Ginny Reilly – Cat People; ShiversI Drink Your Blood
  • Tiffany Shepis … Debbie Lombardo – Sharknado 2
  • Brian Fortune … Colin
  • Carmine Capobianco … Sal Lombardo
  • Michael Thurber … Arnold Winters – Exhumed, The Sins of Dracula
  • Suzi Lorraine … TV Show Host Suzi – Serial Kaller
  • Aurelio Voltaire … Verrill – The ABCs of Death 2
  • Lisa Dee … Missy
  • Robert Bozek … Reginald Burke

Filming locations:

  • Buffalo, New York, USA
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

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