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Written by Chris Mayo   
Wednesday, 04 March 2009

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Directed by: Ryan Cavalline
Written by: Ryan Cavalline
Produced by: Ryan Cavalline
Cinematography by: Ryan Cavalline
Editing by: Ryan Cavalline, Red Room Studio
Music by: Tony Diana
Special Effects by: Frank Effects
Cast: Jason Senior, Eddie Benevich, Lisa Marano, Todd David Humes, Michael A. Migliore, Todd Proesl, Peter Blessel, Frank Marano
Year: 2008
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 75 Minutes

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Distributor: Brain Damage Films

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David (Jason Senior) and Anna (Lisa Marano) are on their way home from a road trip where Anna received tests on her current pregnancy.  The couple decides to continue their journey in the morning so they stay at a seedy motel for the night.  Big mistake!  Two goons are on the hunt for a couple victims and David and Anna seem to fit the bill nicely.  What follows is an evening of hell.  Our two thugs, the reluctant Ty (Todd David Humes) and grease-ball Geno (Eddie Benevich), break into the couple’s room, and a scuffle ensues.   The duo captures their prey and whisks them away to their boss Mr. Pollino (Michael A. Migliore), who runs a unique operation -- a slave trade organization.

From behind the walls of a factory, victim’s are sorted and transferred to another facility deep in the woods, in the middle of nowhere.   Women are kept as sex slaves and men are sent to work at a diamond mine.  David and Anna are in for an unbelievable nightmare.  The two are separated for processing and what comes next for Anna is the most insanely disturbing scene in the film.  Anna is subjected to a coat hanger abortion.  “Congratulations, it’s a boy” scorns the doctor before beheading the stillborn with a cleaver; all right in front of her.  Afterwards, she quickly goes into shock and is deemed useless to the organization.  She is later thrown in a pit, doused in gasoline and set ablaze.  David appears to be the luckier of the two.  His life is spared, and he’s transported to the other facility to deal with Mr. Black (Frank Marano actor/makeup FX artist).  Will he escape or become just another victim?

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Basically a one man show from director/writer/producer/editor Ryan Cavalline, Stockholm Syndrome is a cool little film, that has enough blood, nudity and decadence in its tightly paced 75 minute runtime to please the fervent horrorhound.  Fans of Sub Rosa Extreme should really take a liking to this one.  Other than the aforementioned coat hanger abortion, there’s some grand debauchery going on.  A woman is tied to a tree and slit open from the navel and disemboweled.  Another girl is forced to disrobe and piss herself, the act concluded by giving her tormentor a blowjob, ala the title of the film: Stockholm Syndrome (where a hostage shows signs of loyalty to the hostage-taker, regardless of the danger or risk in which they have been placed).  Another scene obviously inspired by Saw (but far more gruesome) has a guy getting his foot caught in a bear trap and decides to hack his leg off at the shin with a hatchet in order to escape -- all in grisly detail.  A scene involving a Priest and a razorblade-torture-dildo-device has the aura of wickedness but could have been better.  The lack of practical makeup effects as he slices across the victim’s body causes the scene’s impact to flatten.  Had the viewer been able to see slice marks, rather than mere fake blood, it would have been more boast-worthy.

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Depravity aside, Stockholm Syndrome is not devoid of blunder.  Some of the makeup FX lack gusto, and as is the case with many low budget movies, the acting is lackluster at best, oftentimes the acting leaves a stale taste in your mouth.  This however is rather trivial.  If you’ve ever seen a film of this nature you should anticipate the acting to be lacking, which should be easily overlooked.  The debauchery at hand should be the forerunner.  One performance that works -- whether intentional or unintentional -- is from Todd Proesl, the Priest.   He comes across as a half-retarded and believably mentally disturbed Priest.  Slack-jawed, he barks at his victim, "I said good girls put on their uniforms!” making her disrobe and put on a schoolgirl-type uniform.  It's an over-the-top, almost comedic performance, but works in that regard nonetheless.

Stockholm Syndrome is a low budget exploitation sickie that, while containing minor flaws, delivers some depraved goodness.  The DVD release of Stockholm Syndrome will be available on May 5th, 2009 from Brain Damage Films.

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Click here to enlarge image -- Stockholm Syndrome -- www.Severed-Cinema.com

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Click here to enlarge image -- Stockholm Syndrome -- www.Severed-Cinema.com

Click here to enlarge image -- Stockholm Syndrome -- www.Severed-Cinema.com

Click here to enlarge image -- Stockholm Syndrome -- www.Severed-Cinema.com

Click here to enlarge image -- Stockholm Syndrome -- www.Severed-Cinema.com

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Click here to enlarge image -- Stockholm Syndrome -- www.Severed-Cinema.com

Click here to enlarge image -- Stockholm Syndrome -- www.Severed-Cinema.com

Click here to enlarge image -- Stockholm Syndrome -- www.Severed-Cinema.com

Click here to enlarge image -- Stockholm Syndrome -- www.Severed-Cinema.com

Click here to enlarge image -- Stockholm Syndrome -- www.Severed-Cinema.com

Click here to enlarge image -- Stockholm Syndrome -- www.Severed-Cinema.com

Click here to enlarge image -- Stockholm Syndrome -- www.Severed-Cinema.com

Click here to enlarge image -- Stockholm Syndrome -- www.Severed-Cinema.com

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