Plank Face Movie Review
by Phillip Wilcox "Our Movie Demon"
Writers: Scott Schirmer, Brian Williams
Director: Scott Schirmer
Starring: Nathan Barrett, Ellie Church, Susan M. Martin, Brigid Macaulay, Alyss Winkler, Jason Hignite
Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 1 hour 31 minutes
How It Can Be Seen: Not Released Yet
After the recent release of the erotically charged Sci-fi/Horror film, Harvest Lake, writer/director Scott Schirmer wasted zero time getting to work on his next film, which I personally was very excited about considering I enjoyed Harvest Lake. What I noticed about the work of Scott Schirmer is his films are an exploration of very primal urges. Whether they be sexual or violent in nature. And Plank Face really delves into that rabbit hole without the desire to ever return. I myself have always been fascinated by the extremes of human behavior, and a tidal wave of relief washes over me knowing that a fearless filmmaker such as Scott exists and willfully goes to places that most would be apprehensive to even examine. More than a story about a couple who gets attacked in the woods by a twisted family of feral people only for the boyfriend to get captured and held against his will. I found a bundle of subtext and meaning within this story about love for family and transformation.
The character of Max (Nathan Barrett), who gets held captive, most undoubtedly goes through a horrifying transformation to something primal, and to see him go through that change was unsettling, upsetting, and tragic in a tremendously riveting way! I can't even finish writing this without first mentioning the immaculate performances from Nathan Barrett, and especially the three ladies, Susan M. Martin, Brigid Macaulay, and Alyss Winkler, who practically stole the show by breathing emotionality and life into their characters by delivering little to no dialogue! It's quite crystal clear your watching an incredibly talented group of actors who's only desire is to help make you believe that what you're watching is real and authentic. Brian K. Williams cinematography is something to behold as a glorious artifact of photographic genius! Scott Shirmer is a soft spoken, intelligent artist who's got a lot of dark ideas to put on film, stories that really transcended past just horror and wanted to get to the heart of the story and characters. Come to think of it, there was another filmmaker who was much like that and was revered in his time, and his name was Wes Craven! Plank Face is deeply affecting, in a way that can only burrow itself into your psyche like a parasitic worm that has no intention of leaving!