Witnesses – USA, 2019 – reviews

‘You’ve never found footage like this.’

Witnesses is a 2019 crime horror thriller in which four college classmates are hunted by a ruthless hitman when they inadvertently record a murder while shooting their student film.

Written, produced, edited and directed by Christopher Burgart, the Archon Entertainment-CLB Films production stars Jesse Howland, Conner Floyd, Rachel Clark-Spear and Sam Skolnik.

Opening plot:

Best friends, Steve and Luke, set out to create a short film for their Film Studies class’ final project. Over their objections, Luke persuades Steve and their film’s cast members, Natalie and Quint, to deviate from the planned shooting schedule and film their final scene in an abandoned warehouse.

Inside, they discover a cache of guns and drugs and find a man savagely beaten and being held hostage by a merciless drug cartel. Before they can make their escape and get help, cartel enforcers return and heinously murder their hostage. Realising they are not alone, the sicarios hunt down to execute the film students that have witnessed their crime.

Relentlessly determined to kill them, the college classmates must evade capture and survive against these hitmen, or become their next victims. Driven down into the massive subterranean labyrinth of the warehouse, the students come across a group of captive women held as human trafficked slaves…

Reviews:

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Cast and characters:

  • Jesse Howland … Steve
  • Conner Floyd … Luke
  • Rachel Clark-Spear … Natalie
  • Sam Skolnik … Quint
  • Mario Lazaridis … El Verdugo
  • Manuel Soro … Xavi ‘The Maniac’ Montalban
  • Circus-Szalewski … Rick Rosen
  • Laura Liefer … Kelly
  • Jessica M. Lopez … Caged Girl
  • Alison Kafka … Tramp
  • Christopher Burgart … Anonymous ATF Agent
  • Yunus Pashaliyev … Pass-It-Down Kid
  • Josue Osuna … Coyote / Cartel Soccer Ball
  • Sam Roth … Some Talent
  • Monica Ricketts … College Student

Filming locations:

Los Angeles, California

Technical details:

97 minutes

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