Movie Review – Romeo’s Distress (2016)

Movie Review – Romeo’s Distress (2016)

4/6

Editor in Chief - Richard Martin

Editor in Chief – Richard Martin

Romeo’s Distress (2016)

 

Director: Jeff Frumess

Writer: Jeff Frumess

Stars: Nick Bohun, Alex Echevarria and Jeff Frumess

Runtime: 82min

Synopsis (from IMDb): “”Romeo’s Distress” is a Weird, Shakespearean, Gothic, Horror-Thriller that tells a story of a boy name James, his unrequited love for a girl named Jane, and her father’s sadistic (yet dutiful) response to it all.”

Heralded as zero budget film making, I just had to have a look at what a $2,500 can get you for a full feature film. Budget aside, we need to have a look at this film on its merits and not not rest on the backstory and production to maybe give some leeway.

Romeo’s Distress follows the life of James (Anthony Malchar), a dorky young man, with an unhealthy obsession and a forbidden love for a girl named Jane (Kimberely A. Peterson). In comparison to James, Jane is knockout gorgeous and the problem here is she has no idea who James is. A cliched plot no doubt but the presentation makes for an interesting watch.
The story is told in smatterings of flashbacks and panicked present day goings on. James’ time inside and outside his home is stressful to watch, his only relief is stalking the unsuspecting Jane and taking unsolicited candid photo’s. But this sort of carry on comes with a price! I don’t want to go into to much more detail as the plot unravels nicely and isn’t just another cookie cutter story about star-crossed lovers.

Technically, the whole thing is put together surprising well, acting is on point and performances are both engaging and entertaining. All considered, if you are are fan of independent film. Romeo’s Distress is a master class in shoestring filmmaking. If you’d like to hear the whole story of how this was achieved, check out my chat with Jeff Frumess himself below.

 

Verdict: Success from Distress

4/6