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CRITICIZED
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Reviewed by: Jamey Hughton

Directed by: Richard Gale

Starring:
Brian Rohan
John Lynd

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What's it about
A film critic trashes a new horror film and the director takes it VERY personally.
Is it good movie?

Here’s a cool little short film that packs more punch in its spare 18 minutes than many recent, feature length entries in the “torture porn” genre.

John Lynd is very believable as critic Darian Stonehall, who publishes the first review of a horror film released on the festival circuit called “The Ultimate Terror”. Giving it zero stars and dubbing the filmmaker behind it a “hack”, Stonehall soon finds himself handcuffed to a bathtub after an encounter with an attacker in a parking garage. It seems the film’s director, Arthur Lements (Brian Rohan), hasn’t taken too kindly to Stonehall’s review, and is intent on making Stonehall pay big time for ensuring his little horror movie will never receive distribution. I won’t say much more about the situation that transpires in the bathroom except to say it involves an eyeball and it’s going to make you queasy as hell.

Richard Gale’s short film is well-shot bit of stomach-churning suspense that represents every arrogant, Thesaurus-thumping critic’s worst nightmare. Gale gets pretty good performances from both his leads and turns the screws effectively as things start to get more and more uncomfortable. It’s a simple conceit but it works well.

The punch line that concludes CRITICIZED certainly gave me a good laugh, making the movie sick and twisted, but in a fun sort of way if you’re into this kind of thing.
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If you’re able to track down CRITICIZED, I would say it’s worth the effort. Especially if you ever wanted to see a haughty film critic get theirs.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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