Flay was originally due for release in 2017. However, Sony claimed Phame Factory’s film was too close to the Slender Man legend, which the studio believed they had exclusive rights to. Writer and producer Eric Pham opted not to release the film until he met the studio in court.
As part of the settlement agreement, Phame Factory has to include a disclaimer on advertising material, trailers, and the movie itself, but they were finally allowed to release it.
So how’s the movie?
Eric Pham cut his teeth working on VFX for Grindhouse and Sin City. That means that several of the effects sequences here, such as paint bleeding upward into the air, look great.
After the death of her mother, Moon (Elle LaMont who was Screwhead in Alita: Battle Angel and Dollface in Machete Kills) struggles to save her brother and those around her from a malevolent faceless spirit that is related to how Native Americans were treated and the chains left behind.
This movie also features Violett Beane, Jesse Quick on TV’s The Flash) and A. Michael Baldwin (from Phantasm!).
That said, the movie never really explains what’s happening, continuity is screwy between day and night in some sequences and you never really grow to care for any of the characters. That said, there is a scene where a demon rises out of a glass of spilled milk, which I’d never seen before.
Flay is available digitally on April 2.
Disclaimer: We were sent this movie by its PR company and that doesn’t impact our review.