Ben Cresciman’s awesome as hell SUN CHOKE was by far one of the best films that I had the privilege of watching in 2015, having seen it during its festival run (review and it was featured on our TOP 10 Films of 2015 list). The psychological horror film features a career-defining performance from Freaks and Geeks/Buffy The Vampire Slayer alumni Sarah Hagan and also very impressive supporting performances from horror icon Barbara Crampton (RE-ANIMATOR, YOU’RE NEXT, WE ARE STILL HERE) and Sara Malakul Lane (17 & LIFE).
Announced today, it looks as if genre studio XLrator Media has acquired the film, with plans to release this Summer on its “MACABRE” label. “SUN CHOKE is a deeply unsettling psychological thriller in the vein of Roman Polanski’s Repulsion that will leave audiences emotionally shaken and questioning the line between reality and nightmare. It’s an impressive, assured work that marks Ben Cresciman as an important filmmaker to watch,” said XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon.
Janie (Sarah Hagan) is just trying to get well. As Janie recovers from a recent violent psychotic break, she’s subjected each day to a bizarre holistic health and wellness regimen designed, and enforced, by her lifelong nanny and caretaker, Irma (Barbara Crampton). Janie begins to veer off the road to recovery when she develops an obsession with a young woman, Savannah (Sarah Malakul Lane), whom Janie feels an inexplicable yet profound connection to. The obsession turns increasingly invasive and wedges all three women into an ever-tightening and terrifying struggle for control. Will Janie pull herself back from the precipice of insanity? Or will she go over head-first, taking everyone down with her?