Directed by Dustin Mills
Written By Dustin Mills
Starring Allison Egan, Jackie McKown,
Dustin Mills and Brandon Salkil
Running time approx. 50 minutes
I honestly am kind of lost on where to even start with this indie masterpiece of the genre. Dustin Mills and his team have created something truly special for anyone who is a fan of indie horror. Made on a budget of around 500 dollars, you go in thinking that at best this will be a D rate film with no production value and all the other elements that befall some of the not so well made micro budget films, but let me tell you, this film is anything but the expected.
Dustin has crafted a really interesting story that far exceeds anything that you may guess. Torment is a woman who believes she is being driven by something akin to God. She is, as the film so wonderfully puts it, a ghost killing other ghosts. She is a nameless serial killer taking the lives of nameless victims, all the while giving her unrequited love to a corpse. Dissect, Disassemble and Dispose, It is His will, and His will is divine and perfect...
This is a film that you need to see if you at all a fan of underground indie horror films, I can not express just how fantastic this movie is. Everything is so well done and thought through, its just a shining example of what can be achieved in indie. The story is multi layered, with sub text of religion, mental illness, societal failings, necrophilia, love, death, fear, perceived justice, and I am probably missing some things! One of the things that is interesting is the fact that Dustin and his team are able to bring all of these elements together in a way that really understandable and doesn't at all feel forced, or chaotic, the film and story both feel very smooth for lack of a better term.
Some will watch this and simply lump it into a torture porn film but it is so much more than just the gore effects, killing, and nudity. There is an absolute depth to the film, and that is created not only by the incredible story line but the performances given and the soundtrack as well. Lets start with the performances, Allison Egan (Torment) provides a gripping portrayal, that leaves you both empathizing with and being horrified by her. Brandon Salkil as the victim is believable and will leave you cringing in imagined pain as he suffers at the hands of Torment. Dustin and Jackie both, although much more limited in how much of the film they are in help drive this one along beautifully.
The next thing I need to hit on is the technical aspects of the film, something I don't tend to do much with most because well I'm not especially familiar with all the various technical issues, but with this film I feel it would be a dis service not to mention some of these aspects, so lets start with the sound. It is a thing of beauty all on its own. It adds an element of tension and increases the fear factor exponentially. Its is literally down right creepy! And unlike many films both micro budget and low budget I didn't find myself straining to hear the dialogue, I could actually hear what was going on through out the film without adjusting up and down or grabbing the headphones. Next the color techniques used are far superior to anything you could be imagining, its a combination of black and white with moments of color splash and still others in full color but somehow Dustin is able to make this all flow seamlessly from moment to moment, never overwhelming the viewer or the film subject. The balance in this thing is just unreal! The effects are incredibly well done and left me wondering how they were able to pull various aspects off on such a limited budget. Seriously I have watched films with budgets in the hundreds of thousands that just don't compare with what was achieved here, its stunning, its creepy, and its engrossing!
I do have to warn you this film is in your face brutal, with what some may deem shocking scenes of torture, full nudity, and necrophilia, so it will not be a film for everyone. But for fans searching for something new with a macabre beauty and depth, this is definitely a must see. And I am happy to tell you that Dustin and his team are currently raising funds for the rest of the trilogy of films planned to go along with Her Name Was Torment. If you would like to see the film for yourself I HIGHLY suggest you donate to the IndieGogo campaign ( igg.me/at/torment ) where for just $5 you get a digital streaming copy of the ORIGINAL Her Name Was Torment film. Your contribution goes directly towards funding the sequel(s), and believe me after watching this one chances are you are going to want to see the additional films get made!
*Please note this trailer has been censored for nudity, the film is NOT !