Mass Hysteria is a 2019 American comedy horror film about a modern-day witch-hunt in Salem when a tourist dies.
Directed by Arielle Cimino and Jeff Ryan from a screenplay co-written by Jonathan Coleman and Christopher O’Connell, the First-Names Films production stars Geena Santiago, Jeff Ryan, Matt Perusse, Luke Deardorff, Alexandra Dietrich, Scott Swayze, Destry Allyn Spielberg, Charlie Pollock, Michelle Veintimilla and Louis Cancelmi. Produced by Jeff Ryan, Arielle Cimino, Matt Perusse, Jonathan Coleman and K Lynch.
Mass Hysteria will be released on October 1st 2020 by The Horror Collective.
“Santiago and Ryan head up a fun ensemble cast, and Cimino and Ryan do a fine job at the helm, keeping things running at a brisk clip. The humor may slightly outweigh the horror, but there are plenty of cool practical gore effects on tap. Mass Hysteria is an independent film delight.” Ghastly Grinning
” …Mass Hysteria is a great way to pass the time. Especially if all of the ingredients sound good to you. For me, there weren’t too many laugh-out-loud moments. What I liked was that it felt like a slasher film mixed with a virus outbreak mixed with a witch hunt.” Mother of Movies
“Given the high level of activity in this movie — car chases, running, fights — pacing is key and, overall, the filmmakers nailed it. Occasionally, cuts during the dialog scenes weren’t as smooth as they could have been and gave the flow of the film a hiccup-esque feeling, but once the action started back up things resumed their merry pace.” The Scariest Things
” …the filmmakers find a great balance between the comedy, which is very silly, and the horror, which is more suspense and chasing, but can get bloody and kind of nuts. Mass Hysteria is simply a good time watching these people have fun with an idea, and get in a few ideas in on mob mentality and how it can make rational, or stupid, people do ridiculous things.” Sonic Cinema
Cast and characters:
Geena Santiago … Paige
Jeff Ryan … Turner
Scott Swayze … Devin
Alexandra Dietrich … Margie
Luke Deardorff … Charlie
Destry Allyn Spielberg … Triss (as Destry Allyn)
Robert D. Murphy … Officer Tom
Matt Perusse … Samuel Hale
Louis Cancelmi … Giles
Charlie Pollock … Chadwick
Daniel Alvarado … Bellhop Bob
Michelle Veintimilla … Tina
Jessica Richmond … Tara
Molly Sidell … Tiffy
Kellie Moon … Trina