January 30, 2008
Maury (Sean Blodgett) is the ultimate introvert. Rather than rock the boat, he lets his college roommate Jay (Todd Richard Lewis) continuously take advantage of him. But Maury's world goes spiraling out of control after being lured to a college party where he's humiliated by the meathead fratboys... so he asks a creepy, cloaked, blindfolded figure to exact revenge. As the bodies pile up, Maury becomes smitten with lovely Lara (Tiffany Wilson), but even she has motives of her own...
There's nothing here that you haven't seen before, but it's admirably executed for such a no-budget film. When director Zach Parker was pitching the movie, he called it CARRIE meets PSYCHO, and that's certainly a fitting description. Isolated Maury leads a very Carrie-like existence, and the prank... let's just say it hearkens back to CARRIE, and it made me squirm. Very little makes me squirm. If you can forgive the fact that it's shot on video, some of the acting's bad, the sound's tediously uneven, and that it moves at an intentionally Kubrickian snail's pace, you might find something to like about INEXCHANGE. At the very least, it's markedly better than any other shot-on-video, cheapie horror film I've ever seen (trust me, I've seen way more than a few), and I've found myself pulling out the DVD more than a couple times. I'd be interested in seeing what Parker could do with a real budget.
Here's the trailer. Predictably, it's marketed as a hardcore slasher, though that's not really the case. Yes, it has its brutal moments, but it's neither as fast paced nor as gratuitously gruesome as this trailer implies. Oh yeah, and the trailer contains SPOILERS!
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