“Relationships can break you down” is the stress inducing tag for this horror/suspense movie from Chemical Burn Entertainment. It hits shelves on June 10th 2012. The story follows Bill who has lost his job, running low on meds, lost his girlfriend and wakes up to find a dead girl in his bathtub. Now that is one shit filled day. The only good thing going for Bill is his best friend Derrek’s undying devotion. “Fell” is directed by Marcus Koch and stars Jeff Dylan Graham, Kattie Walters, Kristian Day, and Barron Christian.
This movie has its moments where the melodrama surrounding Bill’s psychotic break really takes control of the scene. The sorrowful slow pace as he takes meds that are obviously for depression and emotional issues as he calls his ex-girlfriend constantly almost makes you sympathize with this character. Then there are the moments in the movie that the shear slowness seems frustrating, almost loosing context. This is truly a look into a fast downward spiral of a deeply disturbed man.
The coolest aspect of this film is how Bill doesn’t check to see who the dead girl is in his tub. Ignoring the situation only to have fragmented memories come back to him through static filled conversations on the stereo combined with the flashbacks. This gives “Fell” the only real pulse of suspense building up to the twisted reveal at the end.
The story is haunting with the memories of happier times overlapping darker days where depression rules. The way it escalates from a subdued melodrama into a slow burning angst as Bill remembers more and the anger of the break up comes back to him is intense. The downside is the actual long wait for the heart of the story to really take off.
“Fell” is not a movie I normally would watch, mostly due to the long melodrama moving into a slow crawl. There is not enough gore or action for me. I think the story is great for what it is and this movie is well directed. It is one that I am glad I watched but probably will not watch again. Mostly I am glad I watched because Jeff Dylan Graham portrayed Bill with honest and believable psychosis. I did learn some kind of moral with this flick. “If the medication ain’t working then tell the doctor and get that shit changed!”
You can check out “Fell” at ChemicalBurn.Org