The Black String (2019)
Directed By: Brian Hanson
Starring: Frankie Muniz, Chelsea Edmunds on, Ravi Patel, Blake Webb, Richard Handley, Cullen Douglas, Mary K. DeVault
Synopsis: After Jonathan (Frankie Muniz, Agent Cody Banks) hooks up with sexy Dena through a swinger’s hotline, he becomes incredibly ill. Suffering from blackouts and hallucinations, Jonathan’s life begins to fall apart. He becomes convinced that he’s the helpless victim of an evil cult that’s cursed him with deadly mystical forces beyond his control. But is this supernatural threat real or all in Jonathan’s troubled mind? This riveting horror-thriller will leave you shaken long after it’s all done.
Review: I saw the synopsis and thought it sounded like a fun movie and my wife also said that Frankie Muniz was a good actor as she had seen him recently in a Criminal Minds episode. So I thought I will give it a go.
Glad to report I wasn’t disappointed for a minute, the story wasn’t predictable and everytime me and my mind thought we had it sussed we were thrown back to square one. The movie is billed as a horror-thriller but I would say it was quite psychological at times, it definetly plays on your mind whether or not Muniz’s character is genuinely insane or a supernatural entity is after him.
Muniz doesn’t phone in a performance and you are genuinely feeling for him, especially as his character doesn’t seem to have the easiest of lives, he has one friend, suffers anxiety and works a dead end job. So when he gets the opportunity to go on a date with the gorgeous Dena (played by Howlers female heroine Chelsea Edmunds on) you somehow think he has got lucky… But you would be wrong, this is where his life goes upside down!
Every step of the way Muniz plays his character too perfection. He goes from confused and scared to full blown raving mad in seconds and by the end of movie your left thinking constantly of what just happened and all the different scenarios it could well be. I think I may have it figured out as I’m writing this. But I shall let you decide.
I would definitely recommend The Black String it’s a great movie that keeps you guessing and even better, keeps you thinking after the credits roll. Frankie Muniz delivers a thought provoking performance in one of the best low budget horror movies I have seen in a while.