IN NEED OF A MOVIE FEATURING AN ORGASMIC, GOOEY KILLER ARCADE MACHINE?. DIRECTOR/WRITER GRAHAM SKIPPER HAS YOU COVERED WITH SEQUENCE BREAK
Watching a film without any prior knowledge of its content can be a harrowing experience, especially within the crossed genre of SCI-fi and horror, so I’ll begin by saying this film is about a supernatural arcade machine which has a naked lunch esque erotica and thirst for blood! Human interaction is required to operate this strange machine and as each encounter gets more and more real and less like a mere hallucination. Conspiracy theorists may recognize the hints of the old Illuminati conspiracy to take over your mind through a similar looking game! SO beware…
The film kicks off with an original score by Van Hughes which suggests this is hinting to the retro side of the genre, our protagonist enters an old arcade machine storage unit and we quickly realize that the film, however, is set in modern times. I guess with the resurgence in 80’s style synth-wave music, this is quite fitting for the cross-genre film.
You can see that the art direction may be influenced by the likes of Stranger Things but is more akin the first series of Mr Robot.
Comparisons laid to rest, now we go into the film with realizing that our main character is called Oz, he’s working on these old arcade machines and is just about to lose his job due to closure. He goes off to drown his sorrows down the local bar and bumps into his future love interest, Tess.
The film progresses towards a gut-wrenching close encounter with a seemingly possessed arcade machine!
An out of body experience sends Oz into a state of confusion and convulsion. He awakens and Tess re-enters with an interest in this young man’s ventures.
Now, we fast forward a third of the way through this intriguing and twisted bio-mechanical SCI-fi, with both characters intact but hallucinations starting to kick in, a love interest sparks and the film gets properly weird. The sexual references between man and machine are in full swing and both seem to possess each other.
I’ll leave the rest to you because I want to say “watch this in the dark and on your computer.” So that’s my recommendation. Thankfully you can because SEQUENCE BREAK is a Shudder Exclusive that will be available on the service, starting May 25th.
Review By Dan Lafford