Strawberry Flavored Plastic – USA, 2018

Strawberry Flavored Plastic is a 2018 American horror thriller film written, produced and directed by Colin Bemis; it stars Aidan Bristow, Nicholas Urda and Andres Montejo.

When Errol (Nicholas Urda) and Ellis (Andres Montejo), two aspiring documentarians embarking on their first feature, put out a feeler to their local community for individuals with interesting stories, they hear back from and settle on the tale of Noel (Aidan Bristow), a man who has just been released from prison after a nine-year incarceration for a crime of passion.

After several weeks of shooting have passed, they inadvertently discover through late due diligence that Noel’s story is fabricated: He has never been to prison. They soon find out that he is an at-large and very active serial killer who has never been apprehended by authorities…

Reviews:

“With a shorter runtime and brisker pace, this could have been a great example of found-footage being used to provide commentary and an introspective view on the darker side of human nature. Nevertheless, as it stands, the movie is entertaining enough but falls just sort of becoming a genre classic.” Luiz H.C., Bloody Disgusting

“There are certain scenes that take the film out of the documentary style, but for the most part this is a rare “mockumentary” that feels like an authentic documentary. Bemis’ story and direction coupled with Bristow’s fantastic performance makes for a film with a surprising amount of heart that will keep audiences contemplating what they watched long after the film has ended.” Molly Henery, The Blogging Banshee!

“Some of the scenes were a little on the talky side, particularly when delivering exposition. That needed to be edited too. This is a very strong effort and despite its flaws a worthwhile one. Bemis has a good deal of potential as does Urda and particularly Bristow. I thought the movie stands very well on its own merits…” Cinema 365

“Beimis keeps most of the violence off screen, although one later scene with him letting loose at an old school chum in a restaurant is quite frightening. It’s the intensity the film achieves on occasions that keeps it interesting. I’m not sure if the movie was that successful in ‘debating’ the issues about media violence and the cult of celebrity…” David Dent, Bloody Flicks

” …Bristow carries the film, the burden all his in convincing us that Noel is who he is. From a jarring opening sequence to his steady escalation after, this is a distressing character teetering on the lip of madness, keeping us on edge before leading to a violent and troubling end.” David Duprey, That Moment In

” …the movie is too loosely structured for its intended effect. There’s not enough tension for the movie to be a thriller, and not enough scares to be a horror film. This isn’t because the tension and violence don’t work, they definitely do, but there’s so much between the scenes that feel like filler…” Patrick King, Cultured Vultures

” …Strawberry Flavored Plastic is an intelligent and understated piece of work. This is, after all, director Colin Bemis’ first full-length feature; it’s clearly a film which is reaching beyond the most obvious, usual ways of exploring tricky themes, and for that it deserves credit. (Oh, and the title? Yes, it’s explained, but I’m not giving the game away here.)”Keri O’Shea, Warped Perspective

“What hurts the film though is the dialogue. A lot of it is way overblown and almost sounds like something from a speech, or lecture. Add this to the fact Strawberry Flavored Plastic contains several monologues and you can see the problem […] When all is said and done, however, Strawberry Flavored Plastic is certainly worth seeing and it’s an auspicious start for its maker.” Voices from the Balcony

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