- RELEASE DATE: Available Now on DVD (Click Here to Purchase a Copy)
- WRITTEN BY: James Morgart
- DIRECTED BY: Debbie Rochon
- STARRING: Lynn Lowry, Tiffany Shepis, Brian Fortune
-Reviewed by Daniel XIII
Scream Queen and genre legend Debbie Rochon steps behind the camera to call the shots on her die-rectorial die-but; the models makin’ mayhem fright flick MODEL HUNGER. Let’s see if his beauty has the beastly goods or if it’s just ugly inside and out.
Ginny, a young model cast to the four winds by an industry that didn’t welcome her body type, has turned to a life of blood soaked homicide as rejection just ain’t her thang. Enter her nosey next door neighbor Debbie who becomes preoccupied with Ginny’s strange behavior. Before long these two looney ladies collide in a whirlwind orgy of cannibalism, obsession and carnage!
Shot on a low-budget and dealing with themes made popular in (somewhat) larger films such as STARRY EYES and NEON DEMON, MODEL HUNGER is never-the-less an entertaining flick. For starters, genre vets Lowry and Shepis both turn in strong performances in the lead roles. Additionally, Rochon’s directing is solid as well; the film looks good and is shot well, and that is sometimes not the case with a first time director working on a tight financial leash.
The story, while derivative, still manages to be engaging enough. The main flaw is the lack of some character background material that would have helped us get in the character’s head space a bit more; but that’s minor as the narrative moved at a great pace and was never boring or padded.
The one element that surprised me was the restraint utilized when it came to the abundance of the ol’ red sauce. This flick plays it light on gore except for a few rather grizzly sequences…but man-o-man when the s—t hits the fan the gruesome grue is tight and out of sight!
All-in-all this is a solid start for Rochon in her role as director and I look forward to seeing where this new direction takes her next!
* This review originally ran on Famous Monsters.com