Sarah breaks out the knives for her review of June, due out October 6th.
|"Don't you dare f*&% with my teddy bear!"|
Directed by pro skateboarder turned filmmaker L. Gustavo Cooper (The Devil Incarnate), June is a stylish new possession flick that goes in some pretty wild directions. The film stars Kennedy Brice (“The Walking Dead”), Casper Van Dien (The Pact, Shiver), Victoria Pratt (Patient Killer), Eddie Jemison (Ocean’s Eleven) and Lance E. Nichols (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). Brice is outstanding as a nine-year-old orphan who, after repeated shuffles in and out of foster homes for years, becomes subjected to evil supernatural dealings. There are a series of unambiguous plot sectors that clearly lay the mapping for the sinister direction of the story line, Overall, Brice deftly navigates her way through the shuffle of incomplete foster care and proves to be a heavy contender in the horror film ring, if ever there was one.
There could have been a tad bit more story line between June and the rest of the cast to more firmly establish her role in the community she was reluctantly thrown into versus the reality of her painful adjustments. But just like any other coming of age story, the protagonist does not get to pick and choose which environment they are given. The direct onset of parallel stoic-ness somewhat plays into the factor of the theory of isolation but in turn doesn’t reach out and grab the viewer to solidify the raw emotion that is typically expected from a standout horror movie. Yet, June is of a higher quality among the large quantity of horror screeners we receive.
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