For the longest time I was only a viewer of big production films or what I like to call…”mainstream films”. I never knew what an independent film until I was well into my late 20’s and social media started to bring these glorious delights into the spotlight. Nothing beats social media when it comes to free advertising! These independent films have saved my life! I love them! I also loathe them! There are some fantastic one’s and some really, really awful one’s out there. With that said, the movie Shock Value directed by Douglas Rath and written by Anthony Bravo is one of the strangest yet humorous ways a struggling independent horror director might go to make a movie.
I found this movie a twisted version of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride of bloody fun! As with any independent horror director, Miles Fowler (actor Zak Hudson) has been trying to catch his one big break, script after script. One night while practicing what seems to be a particularly common activity for Miles, he witnesses a murder. Miles then decides to follow the murderer home. After a few time’s of stalking the killer, Miles blackmails the killer to be in his next script. The story which unfolds had me laughing when I shouldn’t I have and saying, “No way!” when the story took a fantastic twist.
All in all, the movie Shock Value is great. It shows not everyone who thinks they can direct a film can, that love is found where you least expect it, Hollywood loves good press no matter how crappy a film is, you can’t change a killer no matter how hard you try and making a movie costs a lot of damn money!
You can find more information about Shock Value on the film’s official Facebook page or on Twitter at @ShockValueMovie. Make sure to give them a “like” and a “follow” and tell them ScareTissue sent you!