DVD Review: WICHITA

WICHITA was directed by Matthew Ward and Justyn Ah Chong, written by Matthew Ward and stars Trevor Peterson, Caitlin Gerard, Christopher Robles, Melinda Lee and Persia White.

Something psycho this way comes in the deep, suspenseful psychological thriller, WICHITA.  When Jeb (Trevor Peterson) leads a writing retreat to Aspen with a team of young writers intending to save his failing kids’ TV show, it becomes a new opportunity for his hidden cameras – and hidden rage. WICHITA explores the pain of a modern mass killer on a frighteningly familiar level.  As the voyeuristic director struggles to find dignity in a cruel world that has alienated him to the point of no return, this taut, provocative play on the horror genre leads to a disturbing, emotional climax.

This dark psycho-thriller focuses on Jeb who is the center piece of the story. The desperate filmmaker invites this small group of writers to a secluded cabin and he immediately sets off an uncomfortable vibe for the guests as well as the viewer. I mean, the guy stores his filming equipment in a used ambulance so that’s the first warning sign. The next one is the fact that he’s unstable and his mood changes like the weather so the writers never know who they’re gonna get when they have talk to him about something. The next sign is the fact that he has no coping skills at all and can’t handle any kind of bad news. As the movie plays out and the bad news keeps on flowing in for Jeb, he trades in his cameras for weapons, as he goes over the edge and starts taking his rage out on the men and women around him.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details and some images. The DVD disc features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Wichita is one of those rare indie treats that come from out of nowhere and punches you right in the gut. The movie ended up being a really good watch and it far exceeded my expectations. It’s also a smart psycho-thriller that focuses more on the story and characters than on blood and gore. Don’t worry because we get a little of the red stuff! The interesting story was this dark character study that follows this sad man’s decent into madness and those close to him unfortunately don’t fair so well. He seriously turns into the poster child for sleazy creepozoids as the movie plays out and it makes you wonder if this is what happens to some of these nutjobs we see in the news sometimes. The direction for this movie was impressive and it was complimented by some really good performances. Get ready to enter the mind of a madman when this disturbing psychological thriller releases on DVD on June 20th. Be sure you check this one out!

Distributor: Candy Factory Films

Run Time: 85 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen (2.35:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: N/A

Special Features: N/A

 

 

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