Simon Rumley’s “The Living and the Dead” is a remarkable movie, one that continues to be grossly unseen by most movie-going individuals who live in the United States. If you’re in the proverbial market for something daring, dark, and completely different, this is the next motion picture you need to see. Rumley’s latest endeavor, the sexually-charged thriller “Red, White, & Blue”, was a pretty big deal at this year’s FrightFest, which comes as absolutely no surprise to me whatsoever. Once you see how brutally intense the embedded trailer is, you’ll understand why audiences were enamored with Rumley’s twisted little project. By the way — this thing isn’t safe for work, so sneak into the bathroom when you have a moment and watch it on your favorite portable device.
You want a plot synopsis? Here you go:
Erica (Amanda Fuller) lives rent-free in the local co-op, but spends her nights trawling the bars and beds of Austin. Damaged, emotionally withdrawn, never really connecting with anyone, and sleeping with multiple men is just what she does… until she meets the older and mysterious Nate (Noah Taylor) working in a hardware store, but with an “honorable discharge” from Iraq. Despite his quiet air of danger, Nate’s the only guy who doesn’t seem to want to get her into bed at the first opportunity, and the two form a hesitant bond. But one of Erica’s casual sexual encounters is about to bite back. Franki (Marc Senter) is a young, hot-headed wannabe rock star trying to make it big. Looking after a sick mother and estranged from his long-term girlfriend, he “shared” Erica with his buddies one drunken night. A shocking twist of fate is all it takes to throw his already crazy world into a spin, and in Franki’s eyes there is only one person to blame.
“Red, White, & Blue” will hit North American shores later this year, so be sure to check it out if you have the opportunity. The aforementioned preview lies below.