Movie Review-My Pure Joy

Ladies and Gents, instead of the usual plot..I wanted to change this up…the director James Cullen Bressack sent me this…


The indie horror film MY PURE JOY, Written and Directed by James Cullen Bressack, has been scooped up for distribution by MEDIA BLASTERS under their FRESH MEAT label. After numerous great reviews, the film that was Written and Directed at the time by an 18 year old, is joining the ranks of movies by genre veterans such as Frank Hennenlotter, Takashi Miike, and Herschell Gordon Lewis, to name a few.

It has been given a very interesting release date, Valentine’s Day. (Feb 14th 2012). The DVD is currently available for pre-order on AMAZON for only $14:

The Film Stars: Alexei Ryan, Cory Jacob, Jd Fairman, Christopher Chandler, and Lisa Frantz

Here is a Synopsis of the film: “On the outside Adam appears to be a normal teenager, but underneath…his mind has been so rotted by trauma from his past and the gory films he watches, that he has blurred the lines between reality and pretend! This prompts Adam to start killing people in similar ways to films he watches, making sure to put his own little spin on it.”

Review-My Pure Joy if you are a fan of gore, blood and grotesque killing…you will have a blast with some of this film. James showed a lot of guts for a young and upstart director taking this film in the directions he does in this film. When the kills happen, they are beautifully shot and directed and the effects are incredible. ( one comes to mind almost immediately which involves a vagina) James is not shy about his love of horror and the blood. From the characters name dropping films from Friday the 13th to A Serbian Film, you can clearly tell behind the lens is a fan of the genre. I mean the opening sequence with Billy and his family fighting, you would almost think that Billy would be the killer. But, Adam comes into the picture and kills the whole family, in very sick and disturbing fashion. From slicing nipples to stabbing someone while they masturbate, at least we know James is creative. My fault with this film is easy, I felt it was 20 minutes too long. And, the talking dialogue between Adam and his stoner buddies is absolutely the only thing I can say the movie had negative about it. But, lord do all the families in this film argue fight and have a young kid who just runs at the mouth with f bombs and threats. I mean, Adam and his family are pure and plain not the Brady’s. And thru flashbacks with Adam’s dad and him, we learn about Adam’s horror film obsession. When he tries to imitate some of his fave films on victims, the film has a lot of ideas that on paper seem like gold, and actually are pulled off in the film as well.

I can picture a parent watching this film, and thinking that all people who watch horror young will have this behavior. It was almost like the film inadvertly hinted at it. When Adam and his mom fight, it is pretty intense, even for a indie film..And when his ex junkie brother Joe comes into the picture, you see the mom being protective of the verbally abusive Adam. In one scene Adam sits at the kitchen table for a family dinner and tells his brother Joe what he will do to him with a knife almost like it was some kind of fucking wet dream fantasy and to see his face light up, you know Adam is fucked up badly. Antoher clue there is this scene at a party and Adam is being threatened cause he is accused of hitting on someone’s girlfriend. That Adam is some kind of social misfit and does not fit in not even in a structed home, and his killing is his way of trying to belong. And, his mom even when all the proof is there he is the killer, she still is in denial.

There is quite enough to recommend here and I am dying to see what James follows this up with….there is new blood on the horizon, support our next break out directors..there is no fucking way he will be indie for that much longer….

7 out of 10