Parasites is a horrifying tale of real life horror, stuff that I sure really does take place (maybe not this blatant) in many towns across the US.
The film tells the tale of three well-off college kids who get lost in an area flooded with homeless, tents lining the streets, and mentally ill homeless rambling incoherently. When their SUV gets a flat tire they are accosted by a group of homeless people lead by Wilco (Robert Miano who plays crazy-yet-not-crazy perfectly). The group are trying to protect their “turf” from the college douche bags that roll into the area and humiliate the homeless while recording them to have viral videos, or for just plain amusement.
One of the kids, Marshal (Sean Samuels), is left to fight for himself as Wilco and a handful of the group go in pursuit of him.
Directed by Chad Ferrin, Chad opted for story over production value. Just watching the film you can see that it was filmed in Los Angeles, outside, and I’m assuming without permits — so things must have been shot fast and furious. But this film isn’t about production value, it’s about the story and the lack of polish. Its low-grade quality visuals actually work extraordinarily well for the film. Hell, I said I was assuming earlier, Chad might have in fact shot it this way intentionally, if so, he is a genius.
The cast is great, all the homeless cast is fun to watch and actually have some acting chops. One homeless guy is a horror genre vet, and I didn’t even know it was him until the credits, which was a nice surprise. I actually went back and watched his scenes again.
Bottom line on this one, it’s a very intense, dark, gritty, film and has just enough social commentary to really bring the whole film and the plot together. It’s a through back to the old 80’s and 90’s style which I loved and the settings of the city really made this film work, and it works on every level.
Check it out on VOD January 24th and let us know what you think!
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