THIS GAME’S CALLED MURDER (2021) Review and overview of dark comedy thriller

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‘Blood is thicker than water’

This Game’s Called Murder is a 2021 dark comedy thriller about greed, romance, and lost innocence in a consumer-crazed, alienated society.

Written and directed by Adam Sherman (She’s Just a Shadow; Crazy Eyes; Dead Doll). Produced by Noemi Santo. Featuring a score by Bear McCreary.

The Adam Sherman Film-Wallendorf Shoes co-production stars Ron Perlman, Natasha Henstridge, Vanessa Marano, James Lastovic, Nicole Sousa, Nikko Austen Smith, and Tory Devon Smith.

Mr Wallendorf (Ron Perlman), a fashion mogul and designer of iconic red high heeled shoes, Mrs Wallendorf (Natasha Henstridge), his conniving brutal wife, and Jennifer Wallendorf (Vanessa Marano), their daughter and a social media powerhouse who’s trying to figure out love, friendship, and world dominance.


The eccentric Wallendorf’s struggle to maintain the facade of a prominent successful family while their violent nature rips them apart…



“If Sherman had put half as much effort into the film’s script as he did its look this could have been a potential cult film. Its outrageous characters and violence were certainly intended to get it that status, but the lack of anyone to care about and a script that’s too out of control defeat it. Instead, despite being beautiful to look at and occasionally funny, This Game’s Called Murder ultimately fails to be anything more than another exercise in style over substance.” Voices from the Balcony


In the US, Cranked Up Films will release This Game’s Called Murder theatrically and On-Demand on December 3, 2021.


Cast and characters:

Natasha Henstridge … Mrs Wallendorf
Ron Perlman … Mr Wallendorf
Vanessa Marano … Jennifer Wallendorf
Judson Mills … Chad
Annabel Barrett … Cynthia
Challen Cates … Mother
Mark Kubr … Mitch
James Lastovic … Cane
Olivia Blue … Tressa
David Sobolov … Mitch (voice)
Cat Ce … Woman in red
John O’Brien … Man in Suit
Tyler Steelman … Stew
Anastasia Antonia … Woman in Red
Naina Michaud … Underwear Wearing Woman
Victoria Gale … Warehouse Dweller (as Victoria Gale Robertson)
Nikko Austen Smith … Winona
Mike Perfetuo … Boxer Man
Hana Liu … Rebecca
Juliette Audrey … Vivian The Camera Operator
Danielle Jane Darling … Penny The Camera Operator
Julie Brett … Executive Woman
Graham Jenkins … Muscular Man

Technical details:

106 minutes



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