October 31, 2020 My Dead Ones (Movie Review)
Do you dare to stream a macabre Brazilian Slasher tale and scream with terror in the dark confines of your own home? If so, TMA Releasing offers up a tantalizing Halloween treat, My Dead Ones, which is currently available on demand at Vimeo in North America, the UK, Ireland, France, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Portugal, and India. Additionally, on October 31st, the Thriller will make its malicious debut on iTunes and Google Play.
This debut piece directed by Diego Freitas, Brafftv winner of the Best Director Award for 2016’s Sal, who co-wrote the script with Gustavo Rosseb, beckons you with a slender, skeletal finger to a tale full of twists and breath-holding suspense. This Psychological Thriller immediately captures your full attention with a spine-tingling scene depicting a young child holding a pistol in the wilderness. Suddenly, out of nowhere, disembodied hands help to steady the pistol’s aim, then the booming sound of gunfire sears the tranquility of the silent forest. The child innocently holds the hand of the anonymous person and heads in the direction of the hidden target.
This visual sends a jolt of dread coursing down the spine like a bolt of electricity, and the questions loom larger than a black cloud. What just happened here? What is going to happen to the child? It is the quest for these answers that propels you to dive headlong into the virtual roller coaster, with seatbelts securely fastened for the harrowing ride ahead.
Fast forward, years fly by and the child grows up. David (Nicolas Prattes: Crashing into the Future series) is now an introverted film student. To strangers he seems relatively harmless at first sight, but many are deceived, because on the inside is a bloodthirsty demon ready for the opportunity to be unleashed. David wears an innocuous mask he custom designed to keep his dark secret hidden in an airtight coffin. But his dark instinct to kill chips away at the wooden coffin, and he is driven by his base desire to showcase his hideous handiwork on the dark web. This just goes to show that you should never judge a book by its cover: it is the written words on the page that reveal the true nature of the beast.
Here, David narrates his story and we tag along on his bloody cat and mouse games and trips down memory lane. He mirrors the serial killer character of Dexter, in that he is impelled to kill by instinct; he is a predator who does not eat his prey. Evil lurks behind his eyes, waiting for the opportunity to be unleashed. When he stages a meeting with the woman next door and his bloodbath begins, he presents the dark fruits of his labor to the web.
With each passing minute you begin to understand how out of control this young man is. This hellish tale is rife with uncertainty, mystery, and a whole lot of tension. Overall, it is is well-paced story and the suspense is heightened by the musical compositions of Paulo Beto, who received a nomination for the 2020 Indiemusic Schweppes Award for Electronica. A bloodthirsty tale worthy of your Halloween movie fest, Cryptic Rock gives My Dead Ones 4 of 5 stars.