With the indie feature An American Terror currently enjoying its festival run, we caught up with filmmaker Haylar Garcia to get the skinny on the latest. Read on for his comments along with our initial impressions of the flick.
An American Terror was written, directed, and edited by Denver, Colorado, filmmaker Garcia; produced by Sam Sleiman and Tarik Heitmann; and executive produced by Jim Brennan and Roland Salameh.
“We are so flattered and grateful for the response to the film,” offered Garcia, “as it was accepted as official selections at Crypticon Seattle, Comic Con Denver, and of course the amazing LA Fear & Fantasy Film Fest, where we actually took away awards for ‘Best Feature’, ‘Best Director,’ and ‘Best Actress’. We are excited to be attending such amazing events with such gracious hosts, audiences, and our badass filmmaking peers. We have our fingers crossed for a great 2013 fest season, especially in September and October, when the genre fests really heat up.”
Three teen outcasts decide to trade their nameless and bullied existences for Internet fame by exacting a sadistic template for the unthinkable, but in their search for the assault weapons to pull it off, they come upon something far darker than even their own gruesome plans.
As for my take on the film? Surprising, effective, and brutal, Garcia’s hybrid feature An American Terror boldly examines the effects of Millennial High School bullying and revenge, while pairing the narrative with some gratuitous, old-school horror. The result is darkly captivating, with strong performances by leads Graham Emmons and Louise MacDonald and haunting cinematography by Anton Fresco. It’s SLC Punk! meets House of 1000 Corpses, with a healthy dose of thoughtful and arresting social commentary.
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