“Amber’s Descent”: Psychological Thriller from Canada’s Okanagan

I am more familiar with reviewing wines from British Columbia’s Okanagan than reviewing a film shot there.

As a viewer you are comfortably contemplating this is a horror movie. A classical pianist and composer Amber (Kayla Stanton) decides to buy a house in a quiet location in the Okanagan. Here she hopes to find the peace and quiet to finish her latest composition. The real estate agent refers her to handyman Jim (Michael Mitton) to help with some minor repairs to the beautiful home.

Amber at the piano

Then the typical horror moments build such as radios laughing, doors opening and shutting, strange sounds and bad dreams.

It seems poor Amber was slashed by her lover Mark and is under the care of psychiatrist Dr. Pearl. She has a troubled past and her present is looking bleaker and spookier. The compassionate and caring Jim becomes a nasty stalker. A 911 call by Amber has the responder laughing at her. Matters are worsening until it would appear a breakdown is in the offing. Even her psychiatrist Dr. Pearl says she has always been “fucking crazy” in a call she makes to him. This may be a conversation you’ll remember as pivotal.

Then in the last few minutes of the film you, poor viewer, will be called on to make a decision that turns this horror movie into something you most likely had not thought of and that might be that mental illness can be a horror movie. Be patient dear viewer and enjoy the standard horror genre but be ready to think  this is a descent into madness.

Stanton does a good job and Mitton is a chameleon.

Directed by Micheal Bafaro the film is 93 minutes in length.

You can see the trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJ1GT9Wldf4&t=8s

The film will be released on VOD and DVD on March 23rd and you can access here https://www.bgpics.com/movies/ambers-descent-2/

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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