Director: Griff Furst
Cast: Josh Stewart, Candy Clark, Robbie A. Kay
Production Company: Curmudgeon Films
Runtime: 92 minutes
Cold Moon (2016) is a chilling story of supernatural revenge from director Griff Furst. It’s based on the novel Cold Moon Over Babylon by Michael McDowell, who also wrote Beetlejuice (1988) and The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).
In the movie, Margaret Larkin (Sara Catherine Bellamy) is murdered by an unknown attacker. An investigation into her death is further complicated by additional homicides. Soon, a ghostly figure is spotted in the streets, looking for vengeance.
A shocking opening scene involving a murder sets an intense tone for the rest of the film. In fact, the first half of the movie plays a little like a Coen brothers picture. I couldn’t help making comparisons to both Fargo (1996) and Blood Simple (1984).
The town is full of suspects, leading to a growing mystery around Margaret’s demise. It’s a little like Twin Peaks, except Laura Palmer never came back to avenge her own death. The plot involves more than just a mystery, and quickly moves into the realm of the supernatural.
Candy Clark from Amityville 3-D (1983) gives an emotional and powerful performance as Evelyn Larkin. Her pain is acute and palpable. Josh Stewart from The Collection (2012) is also excellent. It was great to see Christopher Lloyd from Back to the Future (1985) in a supporting role.
The original music by Nathan Furst is exceptional, and helps to advance the film’s dramatic tension. Special effects supervisor Mark Hava did a fantastic job on all the creepy visuals. One brief effect is likely a tribute to Beetlejuice. You’ll know it when you see it…
After watching the film, I was left wondering if the supernatural events actually occurred, or if they were simply fabricated by a guilty mind. A great movie will often leave you with something to think about. Cold Moon delivers on that level and more…
Cold Moon is in select theatres and on VOD starting October 6th, from Uncork’d Entertainment.
– John Migliore
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