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Saturday 8 December 2012

The Torment of Laurie Ann Cullom

The Torment of Laurie Ann Cullom is an independent film, currently in production, by Mark Dossett.

The trailer for this one is under a minute.  I like short teaser trailers.  The challenge with any trailer, though, is presenting the story without giving away the story. 

I can't imagine anything more scary (and real) then being home alone and slowly realizing you're not alone and in danger.  Okay, maybe the impending zombie apocalypse is scarier, but I've begun collecting katanas and machetes.  I think the best weapon, though, will be car batteries. Think about it. Molotov cocktails made with battery acid would certainly fry any zombie and there will be no shortage of abandoned cars... just sayin'.

Where was I? 

The trailer for this film is simple and to the point.  She's alone in her house and there may or may not be someone else there.  While this theme and its tension isn't new, the synopsis gave a bit more insight.  Laurie Ann Cullom was the victim of a brutal assault and was so traumatized that she has developed agoraphobia and has become a shut-in.  It's "inspired by true events."

So, imagine one is suffering from a form of post-traumatic-stress, is terrified of leaving home, is likely mistrusting of all other humans and realizes she is not alone in her house.  The trailer opens with a 9-1-1 call and closes with a recorded message of what may or may not be the same 9-1-1 call, followed by a scream and a gruesome mess. This apparent helplessness and hopelessness is the basis of a good thriller.   You can bet that if she survives this, she'll have - literally - faced her demons.

Mark Dossett says that this film is his homage to 80's horror films.  As a fan of 80's horror films, it looks like it could very well be and hopefully Mark will have the opportunity to complete it.

Check out the trailer and, if you like it, please help Mark get the film made.

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