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MicroReview: Anonymous 616 (2018)



A reunion between two couples becomes a massacre when one of the guests meets an anonymous person online and willingly becomes a participant on a bloody path to becoming God-like.

Review

From film maker Mike Boss (feature debut) comes an interesting, micro-budget horror. Single location stuff, the film follows Jason who is goaded by a mysterious online presence into becoming more than human - to act on his desires, to not be held back by societal norms. It works, too, to an extent. The casting of Daniel de Weldon (The Custodian) as Jason is a masterstroke, as he tackles Jason's mental deterioration with chilling ease. The rest of the cast are only there really as a foil to Jason, with little for them to do, which isn't a problem - it really is a one man show.

At it's core, it's a chiller with some gore thrown in, and it does it well. Boss's direction is solid, and de Weldon is good. However, at the mid point there is an unnecessarily prolonged sexual assault scene, which although blurred out goes on far too long, and leaves a bad taste, which is a shame, as the rest of the film is interesting, and certainly suspenseful.

With Myles Cranford (The Black Water Vampire) putting in a scene stealing turn at the end of the film, and it finishing with more questions than answers, Anonymous 616 just misses the mark on being required viewing. It has some really good ideas, and does what it set out to well, but it leaves too much unanswered and could have benefited from a shave more runtime.



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