Release Date: Early 2016.
Written by: Anthony Stabley.
Directed by: Anthony Stabley.
Starring: Valentina de Angelis, Adam David, Michael Massee, Pat Healy, Robert LaSardo, Cortney Palm, and Elisabeth Rohm.
When the creative forces behind Everlasting approached us and asked if we'd be interested in watching their movie, we jumped at the chance, mainly because of that cast list. If nothing else, the movie boasts some fantastic character actors, and so we figured that the movie itself might end up being above average, at the very least.
Then again, we really had no clue who Valentina de Angelis and Adam David were, and since the movie was obviously going to center around the two of them, we were a bit apprehensive about how it was going to turn out, even with such a solid supporting cast.
Well, we're happy to report that those fears were nullified after watching 10 minutes of Everlasting, as its two young leads carried the movie (and its intensely personal story) on their backs like champs.
|AND WE LOVE THAT MIRROR.|
|IF THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICED IN THIS PICTURE WAS A GUY SITTING ON A ROCK, YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG.|
When a mysterious tape arrives in the mail, everything changes.
Depression and heartbreak ensue.
|YOU SHOULD HAVE NEVER WATCHED THAT TAPE, DUDE.|
We read another review for Everlasting (read it HERE) that likened its story to the old Poison song, Fallen Angel. Great song, apt comparison, but we have another one that seemed just as fitting, if in a completely different way:
Gone, the voice that used to fill the room is all but gone
An echo of a perfect love that ended wrong
Girl, we tried so hard when love was on our side
And yesterday will always be the reason why
You keep comin', you keep comin' back, you keep comin' back for more.
The song is called I'll See You in my Dreams, and it's one that's always on our iPod playlist, and I'll be damned if it also doesn't fit the movie perfectly. Especially those first two lines. Maybe writer/director Anthony Stabley is a big fan of 80's Rock. Seems likely to us. Watch the video HERE.
Whether it's more about the pitfalls of young love or the dangers of Hollywood, Everlasting is an earnest, honest look at the lives of two average kids, and how their world falls apart and everything ends in tragedy, despite their best intentions and efforts. It's a tragic love story that seems all too plausible in this day and age, and therein lies the Horror.
As strong as the script was, the real strength of this movie comes from its two lead actors. I don't know where they found these two, but Valentina de Angelis and Adam David did one hell of a job playing the doomed couple. Usually in these types of movies that involve young actors, there's a lot of overacting and too much forcing of emotion... but not with these two. We'll gladly check out either of them in whatever they've got coming up next.
And as we mentioned above, the supporting cast in this one is pretty phenomenal. The Crow is one of our favorite movies of all-time, and so seeing Michael Massee play the bad guy here was a big treat for us. Pat Healy was downright skeevy in his small role, and Robert LaSardo shined for his minute and a half of on-screen time. And of course the hotness of Elisabeth Rohm and Cortney Palm never goes amiss. A great job was done by all.
|I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS, FALLEN ANGEL.|
With this movie, less is definitely more, but a little bit more of the visceral stuff would have been alright by us.
|MAYBE WHAT'S ON THE TAPE COULD BE A BONUS FEATURE ON THE BLU-RAY?|
|YEAH, THAT KIND OF A PUNCH.|
|THIS SKEEVY BASTARD RIGHT HERE...|
|HERE'S PROOF THAT YOU DON'T NEED TO BE FULLY NUDE TO BE SEXY.|
For us, Everlasting played a bit like Megan is Missing, with the emotional weight of Maggie or These Final Hours behind it. It's a very solid Indie Mystery/Thriller, and if you like emotionally weighty movies, then you should definitely give this one a look when you get the chance.
Everlasting will be seeing a multi-platform release sometime in early 2016. Make a note on your calendars.
Valentina de Angelis' last name means "Sexy Angel" or something, and if not, then it damn well should.
Be sure to check out her full Hottie Post HERE.