Socially awkward Charles lives in a world
that has lost the ability to dream. He longs for friends and love but has to settle for an over-bearing Father and cosmetically-challenged dog. When miracle product Fantasites hits the market it returns our ability to dream and the world quickly gets swept up in the phenomenon. Charles is no exception. Ultimately Fantasites begin to produce horrific side effects, and when the product disappears from shelves, users go
to any length to keep their brains detached from reality.
Written By: Doug Mallette
Directed By: Doug Mallette
I'm never more amazed at how often people, or in this case myself, always let first impressions fool me. The next film in our review rotation was Untrademarked Productions feature film "Worm". I grabbed it up and to be honest didn't expect much, there was no cool press kit or flashy DVD case, just a simple blank DVD with a movie recorded onto it. I didn't expect much at all actually. I get films all the time that are simply copied onto discs and sent my way, and some of these films are great and sometimes I do in fact still expect the worst when I get them. I prefer the cool press kits and signed posters that are used to decorate the offices of IndyRed. Errr.... Office. My point is that not only did I enjoy watching "Worm" as I'm sure you gathered by my rating, but I actually really really enjoyed this film. Nothing is better than an unexpected hour and a half of awesome! Hell, maybe the unexpected coolness helps make it even more awesome. Either way. This is one Indie flick I am truly glad I got the pleasure of watching. And so will you.
The plot of "Worm" can be found above, or a longer version on the films Title page but it's nothing really new. Maybe just a new spin on an old idea. That doesn't lessen the film though. This film was written with what seems like a natural skill that translates well to the screen. I'm assuming that director Doug Mallette did one hell of a job or that he had a hand in writing it. Either way, the writing and direction of "Worm" is top notch. A feather in the cap so to speak. On the technical side there seemed to be some real talent involved here. The camera work, although not perfect in the technical sense, was a perfect fit for this film showcasing the atmosphere that oozed from the screen to my eyes. Intentional or not it just seemed to work and work well. The editing was fast and slick and quite possibly gave the film the feeling that I think the producers went for. So often a good editor is overlooked, but not here.
One of the coolest things here that I feel deserves its own paragraph was the acting. In itself "Worm" is acted very... very well. I laughed and chuckled at the awkward actions of Charles and rolled my eyes at the ass-hole-ness of Reed. Played by John Ferguson and Shane O'Brien. Jes Mercer's portrayal of June was spot on. The right amount of goodness enveloped within a personality that can get hooked quite easily. High flyin' thumbs up lady and gents! Excellent job! What really makes the acting exceptional was the fact there was no script for the characters! Just the scene, scene details and a lot of improv! That my friends is truly amazing and may be one of the reasons the acting comes across as real and not scripted. Because there was no script!
Aside from what I've written about above I also should add that the audio was top notch here. Well recorded and well edited. Good audio is always a treat and in my eyes makes an Indie project into a real film. Thanks for the attention to detail guys!
Overall "Worm" is a great film that starts off as a comedy via Charlies' social problems and ends on a much more somber note. Fast paced, well written and generally just great all around, in every aspect. When you get the chance to grab a copy... grab one! You'll be more than happy you did. And one more thing... Loved the props guys.
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