The Samaritans – USA, 2019

‘No good deed goes unpunished’

The Samaritans is a 2019 American supernatural horror feature film written, directed by and starring Doug Bollinger (Gravedigger), based on a storyline by Keith Collins, who also stars. Timothy Laurel Harrison and Annelise Nielsen round out the cast of this Viva Pictures production.

Plot:

Four co-workers get together to finish a IT project at their manager’s home. They haven’t actually met face to face and they discover they have more in common than the new app they are perfecting. As they piece together their histories, they realise that each of them has a deadly secret that could reveal a way out or seal their fates.

Their pasts have provoked a vengeful force to show them the errors in their ways. The home they have been summoned to becomes their court and their prison. Can they prove that history doesn’t repeat itself? Can they redeem themselves before time runs out? Will they figure out their fateful bond before revenge has its way with them?

Filmmaker’s statement:

“We (like most filmmakers) believe that our film is different. It is not different because of the content (which we do think is pretty darn good). It stands alone in a crowded field of indie horror/thriller because of the how we did it. This film could be marketed as the “next big thing” or “scary” or “creepy” but that would be just like any other marketing campaign. It is all of those things but the fact it was made in such little time for such little money is very rare.

Six people. One weekend. Two rooms. That’s all it took for The Samaritans team to shoot this micro-budget thriller. The tense mood was created with one light, four actors, and no more than three takes on any setup. The creative team consists of Doug Bollinger, Keith Collins, Cory Green, and Matt Grego. The entire feature film was shot in a four day weekend. This intrepid group of dedicated filmmakers did nothing but eat, sleep, and shoot to create what is sure to be one of the most talked about indie thrillers of the year.”

Cast and characters:

  • Keith Collins … Frank – The Evangelist; The Meat Puppet
  • Doug Bollinger … Eddie – The Evangelist; The Meat Puppet
  • Timothy Laurel Harrison … Daisy
  • Annelise Nielsen … Rosie

Filming locations:

  • Bradley Beach, New Jersey
  • Brooklyn, New York City, New York

Technical credits:

76 minutes | 2.35: 1

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