APRIL MOVIE THON DAY 16: Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl (2016)

Adele (Erin Wilhelmi) is the girl of the title, a lonely teenager caring for her agoraphobic aunt Dora (Susan Kellerman, who played Latka’s mom on Taxi), a woman who won’t even leave her room and only leaves messages slid under her door. However, Adele’s life changes when she meets her exact opposite, Beth (Quinn Shephard), whose behaviors and mannerisms she begins to absorb.

The problem is that Beth convinced Adele to slowly begin buying cheaper versions of her food and eventually her heart medicine, which kills her. Adele takes her green ring and calls for an ambulance. She’s sure that Beth loves her after a moment of brief passion, so she leaves the jewlery for her, but it isn’t taken. Despondent, she starts selling all of her aunt’s belongings and frequenting bars, followed by Beth, who of course is in no way what she appears.

Obviously, this movie’s poster is based on The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane and this aims for the same 70s feel. Throw in a flipflopped Vestron logo in the beginning and the mood of films we adore from that era — Brownrigg, Let’s Scare Jessica to Death — and this is what I want more of in today’s horror: an understanding of what has worked and a build toward something new. Sure, the end is a bit abrupt and you can see it coming, but director and writer A.D. Calvo is someone more than worth watching. The lookbook for his next film, Here Comes the Night, proves that he’s absolutely on the right wavelength and I can’t wait.

You can watch this on Shudder and learn more on the official website.

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