Crush the skull
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Bright Family Screening Room, The Paramount Center
559 Washington Street, Boston MA
(T: Park Street, Downtown Crossing, or Boylston)
2015 | USA | 83 mins | Comedy/Horror
Directed by Viet Nguyen
Followed by a Q&A with Chris Dinh, Lead Actor, Co-Producer, Co-Writer
On the surface, Ollie and Blair are a typical fun, young couple – comfortable enough to be constantly picking at each other's flaws, secure enough to start making long-term plans together. They just happen to earn a dishonest living by breaking and entering into poorly secured, upper-class homes.
After falling into debt when their last job goes comically, horribly awry, they find themselves having to pull one more last job. It sounds easy enough: a B&E of a secluded vacation home in the mountains, perfectlysuited for Blair and Ollie’s skill set. Unfortunately for them, the job was set up and planned by Blair’s irresponsible, unprepared, hothead younger brother, Connor. Ollie and Connor have a contentious history, but if Ollie wants to repay his debt, he doesn’t have much choice but to follow Connor’s lead and fall in with the rest of the idiots on his so-called crew.
Of course, the “easy target” turns out to be anything but easy—the break in is no problem, but the crew is immediately trapped inside, unable to break back out. As they explore the house for a solution, it becomes clear that this seemingly beautiful and innocuous home is actually a sadistic torture den, a mind-screwing maze of dead-ends and wrong turns, with an unseen killer separating them from one another and stalking them from the shadows. Ollie, Blair, and the rest of the would-be robbers now have to fight for their lives.
VIET NGUYEN, an Austin native, graduated from the film school at the University of Texas and lives and works in L.A. as a television editor on network and cable shows like Starz’s Party Down, Fox’s The Following, and the current CW hit series iZOMBIE. Viet directed the web series hit Play It Again, Dick (the Veronica Mars spin-off for CW SEED) and the documentary, By the Fans: the Making of the Veronica Mars Movie. He makes his feature film directing debut with Crush the Skull.