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Pimped (David Barker, 2018) Ella Scott Lynch, Benedict Samuel, Heather Mitchell, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Robin Goldsworthy; thriller; festival release Aug18

Two twisted housemates lure an unbalanced woman into a sexual trap, with murderous results.

A modern transgressive thriller, Pimped follows Sarah Montrose, a woman who isn't well-equipped to live within society's accepted lines of behaviour, struggling with her own identity, desires, and loves. When all this is threatened by a monster, Sarah calls on all her strength and cunning to do battle with a psychopath, and her own inner demon.

In his debut feature, director David Barker's psychological thriller starts with promise but spirals into no-man's land when credibility becomes stretched and the basic concept loses its way. Sex, murder and dark secrets are the key ingredients of the tale that begins when Sarah (Ella Scott Lynch) meets Lewis (Benedict Samuel) for a potential night of passion. Barker has collaborated with Lou Mentor to write a screenplay that offers interesting concepts, dark themes and a set of spectacular twists. What begins as intrigue dissipates as splatter kicks in and things become just plain silly. Louise Keller, urbancinefile.

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