Besetment (2017)

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2017, Uncork’d Entertainment/Barbed Wire Films

Brad Douglas
Brad Douglas
Brad Douglas
Chuck Greenwood
Greg James

Abby Wathen (Amanda Millard)
Marlyn Mason (Mildred Colvin)
Michael Meyer (Billy Colvin)
Max Gutfreund (Brad)
Greg James (Sheriff Joe Palin)
Hannah Barefoot (Deputy Julie Nelson)
Lindsae Klein (Amanda’s Mother)
Sonya Davis (Brittany)
Douglas Rowe (Pastor Ben Hastings)

A young woman’s new job turns into a nightmare in this indie horror film from filmmaker Brad Douglas.

Amanda Millard is a struggling young woman. She has been trying hard to find a job so she can avoid her alcoholic mother, who has the tendency to berate her on a daily basis. When a major opportunity arises eighty miles away, she decides to give it a chance. The journey takes her to work as a position as an assistant at a motel in a very small town.

There, she meets the elderly Mildred Colvin, the owner of the hotel. She accepts the job but when her car dies in the middle of the night, she is startled but saved by Billy, Mildred’s son. After a night of drinking, Amanda passes out and wakes up the next day. However, when Amanda meets Brad, the town’s local chef, she slowly discovers that her new boss may not be exactly whom she seems to be. To make matters worse, after passing out and discovering something very shocking, Amanda soon learns she about to find herself in the biggest fight of her life.

Indie filmmaker Brad Douglas crafted a very disturbing tale of one young woman’s fight for survival that smoothly runs at 74 minutes. The film truly takes a three-act method where the first act involves our heroine, Amanda, having to struggle with her alcoholic mother’s berating and getting the opportunity to get a job. The second act involves the Colvins, a mother and son duo who operate the motel in town, which suspiciously doesn’t seem to have any customers and their involvement with Amanda and the mother’s going to extremes. The third and final act takes quite a page that meshes both what to expect in a horror film with a dash of something seen in a Lifetime movie.

No matter if one will like or dislike that notion, it is the performances of the cast that truly makes the film watchable and make one want more. One can only feel for lead actress Abby Wathen, whose central character of Amanda already endures quite a lot only to have to amp up that endurance when she is held captive by her new boss. The struggles she must go through in a day where people may have Saw or Hostel come to mind thankfully does not go to that level of extreme, but to see how everything is played out in two pivotal flashbacks just show nothing but sympathy for her.

One can perhaps think of the film Misery where the antagonist starts out as sweet but soon has those sinister motives and veteran actress Marlyn Mason truly delivers in the nice elderly lady turned crazed motherly figure of Mildred. Michael Meyer’s Billy brings to the mind the kind of son who doesn’t agree with his mother’s dastardly deeds, but is forced to obey Mommy. And in one flashback, that obedience is taken to a level that may bring to mind the stereotypes of a small town like the one depicted here, but still proves to be very disturbing nonetheless.

Besetment is quite a harrowing yet very disturbing horror film that shows the struggle of one young woman, all driven with great performances, especially from Marlyn Mason as the crazed owner of the hotel. If you like indie horror, add this one to your list.


Uncork’d Entertainment will premiere this film on VOD platforms on June 6th with a DVD release date of September 5th locked down.


Paying Mr. McGetty (2016)

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2016, Traditionz Movie II Ltd.

Michael Baumgarten
Karen Kaing
Cheryl Sanders
James E. Wilson
Michael Baumgarten
Adam W. Marsh
Stephen Graham
Jamie Lockhart

R. Marcos Taylor (Tyrell)
Don “The Dragon” Wilson (Shota)
Anita Clay (Meena)
Alissa Schneider (Cecilia)
Jonathan D. Lee (Vinnie)
Wade Williams (Rocco)
Forbes Riley (Mrs. R)
Paul Logan (Low-Gunn)
Natasha Blasick (Nikki Nixx)
Martin Blasick (Nick Nixx)
Cynthia Santos (Talia)
Lisa Catara (Mistress Virtigo)

A man is about to go through the worst day of his life in this action-comedy from the makers of The Martial Arts Kid.

Tyrell is a dry cleaning deliveryman and aspiring rap producer who after a night of drinking and gambling wakes up one day to find he isn’t home but in bed with a young woman named Cecilia. She swears nothing happened, but Tyrell still doesn’t understand the situation. When Tyrell receives a call from his girlfriend Meena about having to pay Mr. McGetty, their landlord, two months rent to prevent an eviction, he leaves and goes to work. However, this will just be the beginning of a long day for Tyrell.

Rocco, a local gangster, has learned about Cecilia and Tyrell since he has a relationship with her. When he and buddy Vinnie attempt to confront Tyrell, things don’t go as planned. Rocco makes a phone call to his boss, Cecilia’s father, and he decides to hire assassin Shota to do away with Tyrell. As Tyrell juggles between his job, his dreams, and dealing with both his girlfriend’s wrath and being hunted down by Shota as well as other goons hired by Cecilia’s father, Tyrell is in for a long day. All he can hope to do at this point, is survive.

The writing team and the director of the well-received family film The Martial Arts Kid follow it up with this action-comedy all set in one day and revolves around one man’s completely bad luck as he struggles to not just keep his job, keep his girl, and pay his landlord (the titular Mr. McGetty), but now thanks to some goofball who decides to cause trouble, he must learn to survive the worst day of his life.

R. Marcos Taylor, best known for his role as rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight in the hit film Straight Outta Compton, gets the lead role this time as the very unlucky Tyrell. Taylor is quite fun to watch as Tyrell as we see him in one unfortunate circumstance after another. These circumstances lead Tyrell to either try to escape or in some scenes, having to defend or fight. Thankfully, this allows Taylor, a former kickboxing champion, to showcase his skills when necessary and does well in terms of playing someone who is just very unlucky and does what he can to make things right.

Kickboxing legend Don “The Dragon” Wilson gets some major screen time in as Shota, the Japanese-born assassin for hire. Wilson spends most of his screen time doing what he does best, fighting. However, Shota also shows a soft side to his character as he eventually learns the truth about things yet at the same time, gains respect from other assassins for hire when they converge at a social club just to chat and not try to kill each other, a quite welcoming scene that involves the likes of Paul Logan and Natasha and Martin Blasick amongst others.

Anita Clay and Alissa Schneider make the most of their roles as Tyrell’s concerned yet constantly bickering girlfriend Meena and mob boss daughter Cecilia, who gets Tyrell in this situation in the first place. While Meena may come off as a bit of annoyance, she does have that side of concern it seems while Cecilia’s intentions to put Tyrell in the situation that becomes his unlucky day are not exactly what one would think and it’s clear that the apple does sometime fall from the tree.

In charge of the film’s fight scenes is John Kreng, a stunt legend in his own right and has a noteworthy book on the subject of fight choreography. Kreng gets to showcase the talents of veteran Wilson and lead star Taylor. There are plenty of scenes that are some pretty good fight scenes and the finale is a short and sweet fight that is set in a local sports stadium in Tampa. And when we mean short and sweet, it is exactly that, short and sweet because it’s all part of the action-comedy aspect that makes this fight just work out in the end.

Paying Mr. McGetty is a fun ride into one unlucky man’s worst day ever, with R. Marcos Taylor and Don “The Dragon” Wilson being the driving forces of the film. Some fun fight scenes and the funny assassin gatherings are quite a hoot. Overall, it is good harmless fun that fans may end up enjoying.


A Special Thank You goes out to Traditionz Entertainment’s James Wilson for allowing World Film Geek to see this film!