The GenreBlast Film Festival is entering its sixth year of genre film goodness. A one-of-a-kind film experience created for both filmmakers and film lovers to celebrate genre filmmaking in an approachable environment, it has been described by Movie Maker Magazine as a “summer camp for filmmakers.”
Over the next few days, I’ll be reviewing several movies from this fest, based in the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Winchester, Virginia. This year, there are 14 feature films and 87 short films from all over the world. Weekend passes are only $65 and you can get them right here.
Please Don’t Abandon Me (2022): Helena (Valentina Sumavsky) has been living with her boyfriend Jesus (Jesús Meza) and things have been going well. But the past, well, the past has made Helena constantly wonder when her happiness will end. Drugs, emotional issues, past damage — she knows that this relationship will end soon and it starts to take her into a very dismal place.
Directed and written by Antonio Rotunno, the movie quickly moves into Helena dispatching of Jesus in a long, drawn-out sequence with plenty of stabbing. So much stabbing. And then more stabbing. Followed by her sewing job reminding her of that skinny blade going in and out of skin, over and over. Concealing the defensive wounds under sunglasses, she keeps up the appearance of a normal life, but when others want to see Jesus and people start asking questions, it gets harder and harder to keep the corpse of her once alive lover in the house, leading to her having to dispose of the body as well as anyone who gets too close.
I was hoping for more in this movie but it gets to its most dramatic moments early and then the close — which echoes The New York Ripper‘s dog reveal — seemed like too cute of a button after all the horror that I’d just seen. Maybe it’ll work better for you or it’s meant to be watched with others, because it all left me rather cold.
You can see the trailer to this movie here.