DEADLY CRUSH (2018) Reviews and overview

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‘True. Love. Never. Dies.’

Deadly Crush is a 2018 American supernatural horror feature film written and directed by Dakota Aesquivel. The You Never Know Productions movie stars William SadlerCourtney Gains and Judy Tenuta.


When a painter rents a secluded cabin to jump-start her creativity, a ghost becomes attracted to her and finds herself part of his wicked plan to bring himself back to life…


“A little more directed towards a vengeful spirit would give this film more leverage in the horror, thriller department and make it more psychological and intense. Yet, with the focus on the strong sexual chemistry between the two, it’s more of a twisted erotica.” Decay Mag

” …Deadly Crush has a sloppy and incoherent script. I didn’t learn much about the characters and, honestly, I didn’t care to learn any more about them. With fairly solid acting and casting credits slightly more significant than the average indie film, the plot is less than impressive.” Film Daddy

Deadly Crush is both scary and sexy at the same time. There’s also some ghastly gore, an excellent soundtrack, and a satisfying twist ending. Have fun with this one…” Indie Horror Online

“This movie’s strong suit is that its plot is different from your average ghost story, but it is also a stumbling point at times trying to accomplish too many elements. I’d still recommend this film though. It is beautifully shot with some great acting, and for those of you who enjoy a sex-driven tale this one’s for you.” Possessed Radio

” …the digital effects are at times overwhelming. It’s like putting ketchup on a steak. This is a good, unprecedented story, though, with a small budget and a lot of ambition. It’s dark and erotic. From the script to the execution, this is a fascinating production.” Tales of Terror

“The film takes a few twists and turns that make for a fun ride. I did feel the story could have benefitted from more backstory on Brynn and Sheriff Dusty. Still, it hits all the marks an “erotic, supernatural, thriller” Terror from Beyond the Dave


Dark Side Releasing issued a Blu-ray on June 16th 2020 which includes a Making Of documentary.

Cast and characters:

William Sadler … Sheriff Dusty Hawkins – The Final Curtain: The Last Days of Ed Wood, Jr.; Living Among Us; Z NationAva’s PossessionsFrom Dusk Till Dawn: The SeriesThe Hills Run RedThe Mist; Bordello of Blood; The Omen; Demon Knight; et al
Courtney Gains … Lawrence – Corbin Nash; Hell’s Kitty; Haunted: 333The ‘Burbs; Children of the Corn; et al
Judy Tenuta … Claire Voyant – There’s No Such Thing as Vampires; Doctor SpineMonsters on Main Street; Love Bites
Jenna Willis … Holly Power
James William O’Halloran … Liam
Stephen Anthony Bailey … Young Dusty
Ronald Quigley … Cop In Pursuit
Murisa Harba … Sophia Ivy
Aria London … Brynn
Carolina Hoyos … Shaman
Cheryl McIntire … Witness
Carl Irwin … Police Detective
Tara Aesquivel … 911 Operator
Sean McIntire … Car Jacker
Dakota Aesquivel … Kit

Filming locations:

Twain Harte, Tuolumne County, California

Technical details:

85 minutes


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