Choke (2020) reviews and overview

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[Total: 18   Average: 2.6/5]

Choke is a 2020 American horror thriller feature film about what happens when a mysterious girl has affairs with a nihilistic detective and a serial killer.

Written, co-produced and directed by Gregory Hatanaka (Quarantine Girl; Heartbeat; Body of Night), the CineRidge Entertainment production stars Shane Ryan, Scott Butler, Sarah Brine and Barry Sattels. Chris Spinelli was co-producer.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

” …presents these uncomfortable relationships but then does nothing with them in the end, when at the very least Jeanie’s possible father issues or the men’s wrongdoing in engaging with her could have been addressed. Instead, Choke ends very abruptly without any resolution or purpose. But it looked good along the way.” Horror Buzz

“It’s story-driven, unsuspecting and shockingly cute. I wouldn’t even say it was a horror film it wasn’t for all the murders! You’ll find yourself oddly invested in the three leads even though they’re all completely bizarre and traumatized. I’d even go as far as to say that Choke is a sophisticated horror flick that begs you to lower your guard.” Horror Society

Choke is neither disturbing nor traumatic, but is instead short on scares, magnetism, or redeeming performances. Mercifully short at 73 min, I can’t even say that Choke delivers the eroticism one would expect from a film whose only major theme is people choking each other out.” Rue Morgue

“Mixed in with all the flashbacks, music video style sequences, montages and assorted random shots of LA there are details about the characters sprinkled in. Family issues, mental issues etc. If you’re looking for an arthouse drama great. But Choke claims to be a horror film and it doesn’t deliver at all on that level.” Voices from the Balcony


Choke is distributed by Cinema Epoch and available to stream via Amazon Prime

Cast and characters:

  • Shane Ryan … Brandon
  • Scott Butler … Robert
  • Sarah Brine … Jeanie / Peyton
  • Lisa London … Stephanie
  • Sal Landi … Stanton
  • Chris Spinelli … Timothy
  • Barry Sattels … Rodick
  • Brynda Mattox … Bobbie
  • Nicole D’Angelo … Tilly
  • Tania Fox … Andrea
  • Joycelyne Lew … Ottavia
  • Saige Spinney … Louise
  • Bella Cruz … Dahlia
  • Jennifer Field … Helena
  • Benny Tjandra … Tynan

Technical details:

  • 73 minutes

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