Sequence Break Movie Review
Written by Ryan Holloway
Written and directed by Graham Skipper
2017, 81 minutes, Not yet rated
Frightfest European Premiere 25th August 2017
Chase Williamson as Oz
Fabianne Therese as Tess
John Dinan as The Man
Lyle Kanouse as Jerry
Beyond the Gates actor Graham Skipper turns director with a low-budget sci-fi tale of romance and body horror. You know the story; boy meets girl, boy screws an arcade machine, horror ensues.
Oz (Skipper) refurbishes old arcade games in his boss’s warehouse. His boss, Jerry, played by Lyle Kanouse is a friendly soul who through the art of bad acting, informs Oz that he’s having to shut up shop, which strangely comes as a shock to the poor introverted youngster who now has to look to the future instead of being stuck in a nostalgic past.
While drowning his sorrows in a nearby bar, he is chatted up by Tess (Therese) a very attractive girl who is a sucker for his aloofness, his lack of social skills and lack of prospects, ahh the movies eh? Meanwhile back at the warehouse a strange bearded man breaks in and leaves a mysterious circuit board. The hapless Jerry has one more bit of bad acting to do before the bearded man kills him and leaves.
Days go by and nobody seems to miss Jerry, not even finding his absence slightly odd, but who cares when you’ve got loads of empty arcade machines and a strange circuit board to investigate?
Oz inserts said circuit board into a machine thus producing a portal to a strange celestial world of pleasure and pain. He becomes obsessed with the game, every session taking him deeper and deeper into a psychedelic erotic encounter that oozes, flashes and spurts, and sees our easily led protagonist start to change and become increasingly unhinged.
As he becomes more and more joystick-happy, and the encounters get more and more absorbing (literally), his relationship with Tess goes from the honeymoon period straight through to a pixelated mess as he struggles to deal with what is happening to him and the world around him.
Things then go totally bat-infested as we journey through a hellish hallucinatory world that will test Oz’s sanity.
It’s low-budget, but not in an endearing way, and if the acting and pacing of the direction don’t frustrate you enough, then the 81 minute run time certainly will.
Do yourself a favour and play a game instead…but be careful, too much and you’ll go blind.