Heartbeat (2020)

A reporter finds her life in danger when the story she has published results in several murders that come closer to her. That seems like a simple start, but the truth is, I was continually surprised by this horror film, as every time that I thought it would be a typical direct to streaming affair, it showed some aspiration or threw in a winking nod to the past.

Director Gregory Hatanaka has worked on several films that you can find streaming. Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance would probably be the best known.

I thought that this was going to be a straight-up slasher, but was shocked to see plenty of giallo influence in the kills, the lighting and even in the push in pauses that the film uses to dramatic editing effect. There’s even a scene where two of the characters watch a Hong Kong movie — I think it’s Master of the Flying Guillotine — that made me smile.

While most direct to streaming affairs feel filmed on an iPhone, this movie aspires to be much more. Plus, Lisa London is in this, who you may recognize as Rocky from Savage Beach. I always like to point out an Andy Sidaris reference.

You can learn more at the official site.

Thanks to Cinema Epoch for sending this movie to us.

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