We've all been there at some point, down and out with nowhere to go and no place to turn. This is where we meet Amanda, desperate for work and doubly so to escape her drunk drama queen mother.
"And when the rabbit cries, the fox comes a running"
Enter Mildred AKA Milly. Maybe the sweetest little old lady since Aunt B with a bit of Granny Clampett sass to boot. Milly seems to have the answer to all Amanda's troubles. She offers her employment at her hotel and the chance to move away from her mother and start anew in the quiet little town of Mitchell, Oregon. After meeting with Milly and her simpleton son, Billy, how could she say no? After some unexpected car trouble (wink wink) Milly breaks out the Jack Daniels and they proceed to celebrate by getting white girl wasted. The next day, Amanda can't seem to remember what happened and thats probably for the best.
"Sometimes mother does very bad things."
Only after a few weeks do the murky depths of depravity begin to clear. After asking too many questions around town, Amanda finds herself incapacitated, bound to the bed and mysteriously pregnant. Her mouth sewn shut to quiet her screams in the small, nosy town. The shocking product of Milly's desire for a grandchild. A desire so strong she was willing to not only rape Amanda, but her own son in order to collect the needed building blocks of life.
And this is where i leave you, befuddled and slightly nauseous, wondering what became of poor Amanda and her muffled screams. To say anymore would rob you of the ending that writer/director Brad Douglas has masterfully concocted with nearly surgical precision. Many thanks to him and the entire cast. The acting was superb and probably the best I've seen in a low budget movie of any genre in many a moon. Barbed Wire Films has brought us a movie easily worth a month of Netflix binging and a refreshing peak into the darkness. Besetment is available on VOD June 6th with a DVD release date September 5th and if you're half as weird as you think you are, you'll want this in your collection.
Review by The Great Beludini