Took me long enough, but I finally watched Danielle Harris’ directorial debut, Among Friends.
A group of friends join an 80s-themed murder/mystery dinner party and the hostess has some devious plans in mind for her unsuspecting friends.
It takes a while for things to get going. Some of the attempts at humor don’t really succeed, and the characters seem rather shallow. The script also leaves a lot to be desired. Characters repeat themselves too often and I can’t count the number of times they all say “Go fuck yourself”.
When things do get going, this movie is pretty decent. Torture porn elements are there, though they are very light compared to others we’ve seen.
Kane Hodder makes a cameo appearance that is cheesy as hell but fun to watch. Danielle Harris also makes a brief appearance as Jamie Lloyd from Halloween 4 and 5, due to a mushroom-induced hallucination from one of the characters.
The climax is effective even if the characters prove to be even dumber than the rest of the film already demonstrated. Among Friends is shot well and looks good for a small budget indie flick.
All in all, Danielle Harris did a good job making this even if the film is rough around the edges in parts. The cast of unknown actors gave decent performances despite the poor script.
Among Friends is uneven, but ultimately entertains. Worth a rental, even if to just see how Danielle does as a first time director.