POD (2015) Reviews and overview

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Pod is a 2015 American science fiction horror film written and directed by Mickey Keating (Offseason; PsychopathsCarnage ParkDarling; Ritual).

The movie stars Lauren Ashley Carter (Jug Face; The Woman), Dean Cates, Brian Morvant, Larry Fessenden (Wendigo; I Sell the Dead; Beneath) and John Weselcouch.


After receiving a warning not to come to their family lake house in Maine, siblings Lyla and Ed stage an intervention for their brother, Martin. When they arrive, they find that he has descended into apparent paranoid psychosis and claims to have trapped a monster in the basement…



” …  taps into a supernatural/suburban ambiguity reminiscent of the best of The X-Files … in what is basically a three hander, stunt man/actor Morvant furiously pushes the scenario to its limits, making the increasingly dangerous and erratic veteran equally enthralling, terrifying, and tragic.The Austin Chronicle

Pod takes an interesting approach to both the  condensed paranoid drama (à la Bug) and the creature feature, resulting in a wildly entertaining film.” Bloody Disgusting

Pod is undeniably the single worst movie that I’ve ever seen on a /slash Filmfestival. Loud, hysteric, obnoxious and annoying […] I was this close to getting up and leaving – and in all probability would have done so if it wouldn’t have been the first movie of the day.” Life in 24 fps


Pod feels exactly like a film that was quickly put together, based around a cast of three and the availability of somebody’s house to shoot in (which comprises the location of almost the entire show). There’s an improvisational quality to the film – as though Keating and the cast were making up character interactions as they went without concern for wider matters like the direction of the story.” Moria

Pod is a jarring, exciting cinematic funhouse; an aspect seemingly inherent to Keating’s developing voice. In two features, the director is intent on bursting into various subgenres, not with a focus on deconstruction but—with manic narratives that take place over hours—certainly tearing shit up.” Shock Till You Drop

“Credit Keating with throwing together some tense moments of claustrophobic monster horror, which he’s able to generate by using a tiny cabin located in the middle of a wooded lake area … You will be scared, but more importantly, you’ll gaze upon a snowy landscape with a beautifully sinister feel, and for that, Keating’s team deserves a tip of the cap.” We Got This Covered


Main cast and characters:

Lauren Ashley Carter … Lyla
Dean Cates … Ed
Brian Morvant … Martin
Larry Fessenden … Smith
John Weselcouch … John Boy

Filming locations:

Round Pod, Maine


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