One Must Fall is a 2018 dark comedy horror feature film written, co-edited and directed by Antonio Pantoja (shorts: Awakening; Hellhound). The movie stars Julie Streble, Barry Piacente, John Wells, Todd Proctor and Daniel de Weldon. Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman has a cameo role.
Who would have thought you’d find a beautiful looking cast in a nasty little horror film about a crime scene clean-up crew trying to escape a serial killer?
Set in the 1980s, Sarah (Julie Streble) and her longtime friend Alton (Andrew Yackel) are wrongfully fired from their corporate jobs and forced to take a seedy if not vile position with a crime scene clean-up crew. Led by the dashingly handsome Dorian (John Wells), Sarah, Alton and several other newbies are quickly immersed into scrubbing bloodied carpets, walls and disposing of brain matter from suicides to deranged homicidal deaths due to a current murderer on the loose in Louisville, Kentucky.
Through some humour and pun-type jokes, the unexperienced rookies are knee deep in revolting goop and unaware of the desensitisation it leads to as a common place worker. While the laughter ensues, this new crew is called to do a massive warehouse sweep of recent body parts and fluids, compliments of the insane killer.
The light-heart jokes come to a jolting halt once the group realises to their utter terror that the originator of the massacre is lurking nearby and begins to pick them off one-by-one.
Kudos on this exceptional casting. Dorian, the leader, is spot on perfect as eye candy and genuine compassion. Despite the awkward quips that seem to spurt out of his mouth frequently, he has a heart of gold. Sarah, the pretty victim of sexual harassment, experiences similar encounters when she is face to face with this butcher as he points out her authentic beauty, tying in to her unmitigated dismissal from the beginning.
Alston…wow. He will make you laugh, smile, and cheer as the underdog trying to have his spotlighted time and save the damsel in distress…while still leering at the hunky leader, Dorian. As will the second-in-command Todd, who is so numb to the carnage surrounding him, that he can easily scarf down a meal before clean up.
Sarah: “You’re eating a sandwich?”
Todd: “Yeah, why? You don’t eat meat?”
Sarah: “No, I don’t”
Todd: “F*cking vegans. If we were not meant to eat meat, why are animals made of food?”
And this would not be complete without the ever so talented Daniel de Weldon, who portrays the slick and cunning (but petrified) Daniel. His performance as the tough, know-it-all, chain-smoking ladies’ man, is an incredible transition from his role in the fantastic film, Anonymous 616 (where he captured all with his PTSD paranoia and viciousness in the most cerebral way.)
One Must Fall isn’t a deep journey into the mind of a psycho killer, although Barry Placente is one heck of an evil monstrosity, teaching his victims that he is merely the god they have been praying to albeit Satan’s presence in the shadows. He kills because damn it, he enjoys it.
This is a guilty pleasure. Laughter amongst the madness. Love it!
Meredith Brown, MOVIES & MANIA
One Must Fall premiered at the Horrorhound festival, held in Cincinnati, in March 2019.
Cast and characters:
- Julie Streble … Sarah
- Barry Piacente … The Killer
- John Wells … Dorian
- Todd Proctor … TBC
- Daniel de Weldon … Daniel (as Daniel Felix de Weldon)
- Andrew Yackel … Alton
- Rebekah Lynn Dow … Regina
- Francis Whitaker … Bob
- Heidi Harian … Sarah’s Mom
- Lloyd Kaufman … TBC
- Hunter Morse … Shepherd
- Vincent Lee Alston … The Bald Man
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