Director: Letia Clouston
Cast: Jamie Bernadette, Chantelle Albers, Dominique Swain
Production Company: Sommer Leigh Studios
Runtime: 85 minutes
Do you want to see a horror movie with strong female characters that also happens to be written and directed by women? The 6th Friend (2016) might be just what you’re looking for…
In the movie, a group of friends throw themselves a private graduation party. Their celebration takes a tragic turn after the arrival of an uninvited guest. Five years later, the women get together once again. None of them are ready for another night of horrific bloodshed.
The film’s opening has a few drug-induced images that are quite memorable. Drugs come back to play an important part later in the film. Are they dealing with a psychotic murderer, mass hallucination, or perhaps some sort of supernatural entity?
Jamie Bernadette from 4/20 Massacre (2018) and Killing Joan (2018) leads a strong cast that works exceptionally well together. Her character is a troubled one, giving her the chance to express a wide range of emotions. She also developed the story and co-wrote the screenplay with Letia Clouston.
Chantelle Albers from Reawakened (2018) is also excellent in the role of Melissa White. She plays a shallow character, in direct contrast to Bernadette’s brooding take as Joey Taylor. Dominique Swain from Minutes to Midnight (2018) is often comical as Heather.
The film also boasts the talents of Jessica Morris from Evil Bong 777 (2018), Monique Rosario from Drifter (2016), Tania Nolan from Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009) and Jack Cullison from Avalanche Sharks (2014). A fine collection of indie actors…
It was also fantastic to see Tina Cole from Hawaiian Eye and My Three Sons in the role of a broadcast journalist. This movie deals with female empowerment, so casting a veteran actress emphasizes the importance of that message even more.
This is a character-driven story, so the development of each individual’s personality is essential to the plot. The 6th Friend is a slasher film that gives us potential victims that have a little more depth. That makes it a lot easier to care about their plight…
– John Migliore
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