Dir: Justin Price; writ.: Christina Trevino; feat.: Christina Trevino, C.H. Morris, Sebastian Trevino, Daniela Espinosa
Valley natives, you may want to check out low-budget thriller Daddy's Home, now playing on a limited run at the Santikos Rialto Theater Sept. 10-16. Writer, producer, and star Christina Trevino set and filmed her movie in and around McAllen, Texas.
Horror fan or not, you gotta love the moxie of Trevino and her crew, who boast of the film's $4,000 budget. "Even El Mariachi had $7,000," they note on the Daddy's Home Facebook page. Indeed, for that money they managed to shoot in hi-def, and could only provide us a screener in Blu-ray format. Fortunately, they were kind enough to loan a Blu-ray player for this piss-poor reviewer.
The film, too, is ambitious beyond it's limited budget. A large cast and diverse shooting locations, (including a private jet!) separate this film from many super-indie films, as do the many genuinely scary slasher scenes. The story follows a young teacher (Trevino) who becomes increasingly concerned about her silent new student, Willow (Espinosa). She satisfies her curiousity (and then some) when she offers Willow and her brother (S. Trevino) a ride home from school, only to be stuck babysitting them when ... Daddy comes home.
Don't go expecting a multi-million dollar box-office bonanza. Indeed, many of the actors are worse than the Sly Stallones and Megan Foxes of the blockbuster world. But, for the price tag, Trevino pulled off a well-paced, nicely-shot film with plenty of scream-out-loud moments. If you've got Valley Pride, or a horror jones, check out Daddy's Home.
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