Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Proxy (2013)

Written by: Kevin Donner and Zack Parker
Directed by: Zack Parker
Alexia Rasmussen as Esther Woodhouse
Alexa Havins as Melanie Michaels
Kristina Klebe as Anika Baron

This is going to be short and sweet.

A woman named Esther, just weeks away from her due date, is attacked on her way home from an OB/GYN appointment. The assailant ambushes her as she passes an alley, knocks her unconscious with a brick and drags her out of sight of the street, then proceeds to smash in her pregnant belly with the brick.

Upon awakening in the hospital, Esther meets with a social worker who informs her that since she has no close friends or family (she was fertilized with a selection from a sperm bank), it will be very important for her to find a support group outside, since once she leaves the hospital the doctors and social workers there will move on to the next internal case and can provide her with no more help.

After a couple of rough days, she finds a support group for victims of violent crimes. And then things go totally apeshit crazy.

That is literally all I can tell you about the movie without ruining everything, and the above takes up ten, maybe fifteen minutes tops of the two hour run time. Proxy is a deftly woven tapestry of insanity. Zack Parker masterfully paces the movie, assaulting the viewer with one WHAT THE HOLY FUCKING SHIT!? moment after another without things ever feeling bogged down by plot twists, or having too long a stretch between them. Just when you think you've got a handle on things, you find out that in fact you do not, and it's much, much worse than you suspected.

Top notch performances all around too. Again, I can't say much about what specifically is good about each performance because it will ruin things, and this is definitely a movie you need to see cold to get the full effect. Just trust me, they're great.

There you have it. One of the best horror movies of the year. I can't even think offhand of one that tops it, so maybe THE best horror movie of the year. Go see Proxy right now. Don't even read the last sentence. Seriously, what the hell are you still doing here?

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