Indie Horror: “Tilt” (2013) Movie Review

Kickstarter comes to the rescue again for independent film and brings Phil Holbrook’s vision to life. With the help of 223 backers and a total haul of just over $15,000, TILT was filmed in Brainerd, Minnesota. As director, Holbrook was looking to tell the story of Paul and his daughter, Liz as they trudge through a tough time in their lives.

“Paul hasn’t connected with his daughter for over 10 years, but when their world is turned upside down by an unthinkable act, he has to decide what’s more important: doing the right thing or setting things right? TILT is about revenge & forgiveness, betrayal & redemption, and second chances…small town style.”

Our main cast members, Wade Dienert (Paul) and Danielle West (Liz), are solid actors and give the film some needed substance. However, the crown jewel of TILT is actress Laura Busch. She plays the odd and irritable Marlene and is able to command the screen with ease. Her facial expressions alone make me want to work with her and her acting ability is just an added bonus.

Although the acting is fairly solid and the characters are likable, the story has a tendency to drag from time to time. The film has a 77 minute running that is great for festivals and keeping the audience involved, however the scenes can run a bit long and the locations are somewhat repetitive. But the cinematography by Jeremy Doyle helps the film out in all the right places. His shots are crystal clear and the smooth movements of the camera are a directors dream. A round of applause goes out the Doyle and I would love to see him take some more chances with different angles and lighting in his next project.

So, if you are in the mood for a thriller with topped with revenge, then check out this Midwest film. And as always, support indie horror!