VAL – Review

VAL – Review
VAL – Review

Fin is a criminal on the run, wanted for the murder of his boss and the accidental shooting of an officer. He breaks into the home of a high-class escort, only to discover that you get more than you bargain for with Val, short for “Valefar” – a demon who offers to make all his problems disappear if he agrees to follow her rules. But in Val’s world there are no accidents, and as Fin meets her other “customers”, he learns that Val was expecting him all along, and it isn’t easy to escape Val’s dungeon.

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Val directed by Aaron Fradkin and written by Victoria Fratz and Aaron Fradkin is the perfect combination of Under the Skin and Psycho Goramen that brings an absolute insane level of comedy, horror, and twists that solidify Val as one hell of an adventure. With the action, twists that continuously keep popping up, and complete insanity that packs the film to the brim, there will be plenty of fun to be had by audiences.

The film focuses on Fin played by Zachary Mooren who is running from Officer Myers played by Kyle Howard and Officer Daughtry played by Sufe Bradshaw for an undisclosed home, breaks into this mansion owned by Val played by Misha Reeves. At first, Fin just wants to hide out in Val’s house and lay low, however his plan quickly changes when he realizes she is a high-class escort who has a client, Freddy played by Erik Griffin, coming by shortly. To make sure that he doesn’t get caught and get arrested, he hides while Freddy and Val do their thing, however one thing leads to another and now things take a turn for the worst. With the police circling the nieghbourhood, Freddy lingering in the house, and Fin making sure he can get out alive things take a turn for the paranormal and unusual.

What truly shines throughout Val are the performances from both Zachary Mooren and Misha Reeves. They both deliver the absolute most over the top performances that bring a certain level of anxiety and fear that ties into their character stories and bring a much-needed dimension to the deliveries. However, once the film becomes more than expected from the beginning and dives into the world of unworldliness, the performances become unhinged and bring forth the crazy insane fun that the premise promised to deliver on.

Aaron Fradkin and Victoria Fratz crafted a story that is so over the top and masterly crafted to bring forward a story that brings such pleasure and insanity to its audience. The story will resonate with the audience that love the classic shlock B films that this film is hitting the nail on the head perfectly. The enduring entertainment that is packed into this tightly wound 83-minute feature is the perfect Halloween watch that would make fans very pleased. As well, go in as blind as possible to this film as to not reveal the secrets that lay beneath Val.



My earliest movie memory, outside of my home theatre in my basement, was going to the local Video 99 and wanting to rent ET only to be told by the shop owner it was playing down the street in theatres. My love for cinema has been alive for as long as I can honestly remember. I would frequent the cinema minutes down from my house daily. It was a second home. Movies are an escape from the everyday world, a window into the soul, a distant friend. If I’m not watching a movie, I’m probably watching a tv show, if I’m doing neither I’m asleep.

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