Sun Choke (2015) Movie Review

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2015 | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
83 minutes /

User Score: 78/100

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Sun Choke Review


Janie's just trying to get well.

Sun Choke (2015) is an American psychological horror movie that will leave you thinking for several days about the human life and how normal is it. Director and writer Ben Cresciman (Negative Space (2011)) did an impressive job creating this horror movie about a female character in crisis. I strongly doubt there will be another nontraditional horror movie like this in 2015 that will make viewers put their outcome in the film. It is a psychodrama that just keeps on getting crazier as the movie progresses. The movie flowed nicely with a good pace that did not lose my interest. Some viewers will be disappointed in seeing this movie because it is unique in its own way.

Sun Choke begins by introducing us to Janie (Sarah Hagan - Jess + Moss (2011), Orange County (2002), Someday We Will Get Married (2009), Spring Breakdown (2009)) and her life. Irma is Janie’s lifelong nanny that does perform unorthodox holistic health regime on Janie every day because Janie is recovering from a violent psychotic breakdown. Janie’s father is not in her life but keeps in contact with Irma. It did not take long for us to see Janie being able to leave her home and venture out on LA streets where she instantly gained an obsession with Savanna. Janie and Savanna soon connect, and Janie’s daily holistic health regime is undone.

Sarah Hagan’s (Janie) gave a superb performance playing a role of a person that cannot relate to other human beings. The other actors did a great job as well, but Sarah gave the best performance in Sun Choke. Light is used amazingly well in this film that left beautiful images/shots days after in my head after I saw the movie. The movie is not for everyone; viewers will either love it or hate it. I did not like that the film had no actual beginning, middle or end and that alone made a path for viewers to decide which direction the movie is going. I did however like the visual effects and how the film relates to social realism. The editing department did a flawless job editing this movie with a low budget because the film was all over the place with present time, flashbacks and memory recalls. Sun Choke is a desperately sad movie that portrays the life of a tragedy that ruined several lives.

About Sun Choke 2015

Title: Sun Choke
Year: 2015
Runtime: 83 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.85/5 stars from 36 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 36
Starring: Barbara Crampton, Sara Malakul Lane, Evan Jones, William Nicol, Diana Nguyen, Sarah Hagan, Joe Nieves, Annie Read, Jim Boeven, Riley Litman, Daisy O'Dell, Don Oscar Smith, Mary Cseh, Christina Amber, Derek Bevil
Writers: Ben Cresciman
Director: Ben Cresciman