Christian Grillo’s BOOLEY is a thrill-one-minute, laugh-the-next film, and that approach works extremely well. The story concerns Angus Booley (Tom Detrik), a marginalized man with an unfaithful wife (Raine Brown, THE SUPER), a bullied daughter (Carmela Hayslett aka Roxsy Tyler) and a job that just outsourced his position to India. Things turn around for Angus when he discovers the teaching of motivational speaker, Jack Harrington (THE WIRE’S Christopher Mann), and he uses these lessons to transform himself into a force to be reckoned with. The chaos that ensues is violent, darkly humorous, and often disturbing.

The independent production has a lot going for it. First and foremost, Grillo’s script creates a strong tension between comedy and thrills. The suspense in each death scene builds and builds until a piece of quirky dialogue provides a wonderful break. The humor, carried out through the dialogue, is really what makes the film stand out amongst its peers in the genre.

Another commendable aspect of it is the cast. BOOLEY brings together an ensemble of professionals, and everyone performs quite nicely. Detrik is sympathetic and darkly funny as Angus; Mann’s scenes as Jack Harrington are impossible to look away from. Hayslett and Browne also turn in outstanding performances as Angus’ troubled family members.

Add in a musical score (also by Grillo) that keeps the atmosphere beautifully bizarre, a script that moves at a tight pace and cameos by various cult and comedy celebrities, you have a gripping thriller that is also tons of fun to watch. Highly recommended, folks.

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The Friday Five

Here are some goodies I am either looking forward to, or psyched about. By the way, these are things that you, my readers, should also be excited for…

1. BOOLEY! From Potent Pictures, this comedy/thriller packs a hell of a punch and is well worth your time to track down. In fact, I’ll do half the work for you. Buy it at

2. Teacher, author, and friend, Marie Lamba, released OVER MY HEAD, the sequel to her YA hit, WHAT I MEANT. She’s a hell of a writer, and comes highly recommended.

3. On July 31st, Exhumed Films Presents GO APE! They are showing all 5 of the original PLANET OF THE APES films. If you’re an APES fan, this event is a must. Even if you, for some reason, have never seen any of the APES movies, you should go. The first is a classic and a personal favorite of mine. Tickets are at

4. Bestselling author John Skipp is in the process of making ROSE, a bizarro, zombie musical, and you can help!

5. Finally, Lucas Mangum’s Awesome Reading Fest Part 2, is this Sunday in Doylestown. If you’re an author and would like to read, or if you’re just a fan who wants to hang out and listen to a ton of authors (some published, some not) read their pieces, hit me up on Facebook and I’ll send you an invite!!/event.php?eid=220848291270598