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The 6th Friend

The 6th Friend is not a new arrival to the horror-filled block of recent titles.  Perhaps you have heard of it?  An uninvited guest torments an estranged group of friends now held up in a vacation home that is isolated way back in the woods.  The women are trying to get over a tragic event that happened five years ago during their own private graduate party.  Sometimes, the senseless death of a friend can be a haunt that lasts forever. . . as is the case here. 

But escape  – or even a healing layer of scar tissue – is the furthest thing that happens in this film.  The past is ripe for a repeat.

"Laughter and horror should go hand in hand.  Instead, we get a film that takes itself WAY TOO serious"


The horror film, originally completed in 2016, is finally getting distributed thanks to The Asylum.  That might tell you all you need to know about it. 

Co-written and directed by Letia Clouston, the film gets off to a swinging start thanks to six girlfriends and one dude.  No, it’s not THAT kind of party, BUT the misadventures begin early when the dude gets the chicks all tripping on acid.  The film then slips into a hallucinatory journey of sorts as the next series of events trip the light fantastic and bring the girls far too close to a night of sex and sudden violence.

But what exactly happened behind that locked door?  The girls – actresses Jamie Bernadette, Chantelle Albers, Dominique Swain, Jessica Morris, Tania Nolan and Monique Rosario – all remember the night and they think they know what happened.  But do they know for sure?!

As the tragedy is not one that is self-contained, the girls – five years later – find themselves together again.  This time, though, it is on a planned vacation.  It is a move that is to heal the wounds of the tragic night and bring them closer together.  But when the girls start seeing the familiar figure that has long haunted them, they discover that the past is still living among them . . . and this time there can be no safe escape.

The film has its moments, namely when the girls are ribbing each other, but none of that saves this film from its ultra-serious slasher intentions and that is truly tragic.  There’s a good idea running through this tale of history repeating, but the misstep in tone is an offense that the film just doesn’t recover from. 

From the handling of the initial murder to the slasher the film becomes when it thinks we are fooled from knowing the true identity of the killer, The 6th Friend fails to deliver any TRUE shocks.  Had the makers of the film aimed for a different tone, say something a bit more sillier than Scream, then this film would have been salvageable. 

The 6th Friend

Laughter and horror, especially when it comes to The Asylum films, should go hand in hand.  Instead, we get a film that takes itself WAY TOO serious . . . and that just kills a lot of its enjoyment time and time again BEFORE the violent killings happen again and again and again.  One by one, the women are taken out . . . but, with each kill, the fewer the chances for laughter and so, one dumb move after another, our cast is reduced until there can be only one.

The 6th Friend will open theatrically January 11th in Kansas City at Screenland Armour.

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The 6th Friend

MPAA Rating: Unrated.
Runtime:
85 mins
Director
: Letia Clouston
Writer:
Jamie Bernadette
Cast:
Jamie Bernadette, Chantelle Albers, Dominique Swain
Genre
: Horror
Tagline:
how far would you go for your best friend?
Memorable Movie Quote: "We are all moving on and I can't let you get left behind."
Theatrical Distributor:
The Asylum Studios
Official Site:
Release Date:
January 11, 2019
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
No details available.
Synopsis: Six college best friends throw their own private graduation party that goes terribly wrong when an uninvited guest arrives. Five years later, the girls gather once again and endure a night of far more horror and bloodshed.

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