DEATH CAST (2021) Reviews of teens in experimental horror film

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Death Cast is a 2021 American horror film about six young actors who have agreed to star in an experimental horror film.

Written and directed by Bobby Marinelli (The Road Less Traveled). Produced by Melissa McNerney.

The Akhlys FIlms-FIST Agreement-WinniePeg Productions movie stars Lacy Hartselle, Hedy Nasser, Marvin Laviolette, Andres Erickson, Danielle Stratton, Hoon Park, Khalil Abu-Jamous, Kyle Swanson, Sharon Lanay Chapman, Sean T. O’Brien, Dave Johnson and Jonathan Hickson.

Plot:
Cast in an experimental horror film, the performances of six young, hopeful actors is set to be captured without any crew present. As the day progresses, the scripted story dissolves and a real life-or-death plot is revealed…

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Reviews:
“I got major vibes of a better David DeCoteau Full Moon production here, which is not a bad thing, so if you’re in the mood for a slasher that plays with technology and the need to be a star, this is the one for you.” B&S About Movies

“All of the members that meet their end in Death Cast do so in non-surprising fashions. And as two-dimensional characters with no effect on our empathy and little scare effect, there’s just nothing altogether satisfying about it […] the pace of the film is quite good, and I somewhat enjoyed its conclusion, but I felt it lacked key development elements that could have given it an edge in a subgenre boiling over with similar stories.” Horror Obsessive

” …the feature drops its initial premise of actors in real peril for a rapid embracing of the final girl trope, becoming a lacklustre slasher with worse camera angles. A shame, as the initial idea was full of promise.” The Reviewing Rodders

Release:
Death Cast had its premiere at the Salem Horror Fest in October 2021.
It was released On-Demand by High Octane Pictures on January 4th 2022.

Background:
Director/writer Bobby Marinelli told iHorror: “A lot of my career as a reality television producer was based on manipulating ordinary people into extraordinary situations. I often wondered how far this could be taken and it developed into a really interesting premise for a horror film. With Death Cast I was able to blend reality docudrama tropes with those of a slasher flick, the result is familiar but unique to the genre.”

Technical details:
1 hour 14 minutes

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