September 26, 2016 Model Hunger (Movie Review)
Being her first director’s job, Debbie Rochon (Tromeo and Juliet 1996, Dollface 2014) brings a story about a psychopathic ex-pin-up girl who likes to torture those prettier than her in the film entitled Model Hunger. Along with Rochon, Writer James Morgart (Won Ton Baby! 2009, Seed 2 2014) helped develop Model Hunger and give the audience a big hype. That in mind, the ensemble of the low-budget Thriller consisted of veteran Actress Lynn Lowry (Cat People 1982, The Crazies 2010) as Ginny, Brian Fortune (Savage 2009, Game of Thrones 2011) as Colin, Tiffany Shepis (Nightmare Man 2006, Tales of Halloween 2015) as Debbie, and Carmine Capobianco (Psychos in Love 1987, I Spill Your Guts 2012) as Sal, among others. Released via Wild Eye Releasing on DVD and VOD as of July 12, 2016, does Model Hunger live up to Horror fans’ expectations?
Ex-pin-up girl Ginny now resides in a modest home after many years of being young and beautiful. The years have gone by and Ginny is not as pretty and young as she used to be, and that is what made her into a killer with psychopathic tendencies. Every young girl she is visited by or that she sees on the road is target enough to be a subject of her next murder, and newly-arrived neighbors Sal and Debbie suspect that the community may not be as safe as they initially thought. Ginny’s basement is full of bodies of girls she has collected so far and, to not make things easy, she has an array of tools she uses to torture the men and women that cross her path. Colin, one of Ginny’s old “friends” is also in jeopardy when he discovers more than he bargained for when he pays a visit to pick up the car he had loaned Ginny a week before.
Throughout these events, reruns of an infomercial, entitled “Suzy’s Secret,” is playing in almost every household on a loop and promises that their lingerie products are not for skinny girls but for real women and their full figures. At first, this video seems to be playing a big role in everyone’s thoughts, but as more and more details surface, the audience learns that Ginny has more to do with these events than those cryptic videos.
Being the first film Debbie Rochon directed kind of makes people be more lenient when it comes to liking this effort, but there are more than a few reason why Model Hunger did not surpass movie lovers’ expectations. The acting, albeit being great actors, was not enough to help out the film. The camera shots, the direction, the cinematography, and the dialogue, all left the audience wanting more. Even though this is sort of like a try-out film, many Horror movie lovers will not be suspending belief over it. It is a case of good thinking, but bad execution, and part of the problem might have been the budget as well. Nonetheless, it is up to audience’s to decide if Model Hunger delivers the goods or not. CrypticRock gives Model Hunger 1.5 out of 5 stars.