The Free Fall is a surprising and gruesome indie horror/thriller flick with a surprise twist that most viewers will not see coming.
The Free Fall is something that fans of Indie horror movies are likely to really enjoy. It is the perfect length, full of surprises, and has a decent amount of blood and gore. Even though some of the twists are predictable, there is a major reveal towards the end that is likely to come as a shock to the majority of the audience. That twist, coupled with the captivating lead performances from Andrea Londo and Shawn Ashmore, make this movie a can’t miss for fans of the genre.
The plot follows Sara as she tries to piece together moments of her life. She attempted suicide and along with the blood that she lost, she lost many of her memories. Her overbearing husband, Nick, claims that he does not know what he would do without her. At times he is loving and caring, but at others he is trying to convince her to do things that are out of the ordinary. Along the way Sara starts to see things that aren’t really there — or are they?
The best thing about this movie is that it truly wastes no time getting into the blood and gore. Within the first five minutes there is a complete blood bath — and it just gets crazier from there. With a short length of under ninety minutes, which is a brilliant choice by the way, they know they have to hop to it, and they do.
There is quite a bit of blood and gore throughout the movie, and while it certainly is clear this is an Indie movie with the effects, they still are pulled off well. Often this can be a problem with a small budget, however The Free Fall completely owns it. The film is shot pretty much all in one location with no elaborate set designs. Towards the end of the film there is a scene where a lot of makeup was used, however it is very well done and feels believable — and trust me when I say it could have gone very wrong.
As with any good horror movie, there are some jump scares that are perfectly heightened by the eerie score and well placed lighting. That said, there is one moment towards the end of the film that relies heavily on the lighting and while it works by itself, it feels out of place in the movie as a whole.
Honestly, there is a lot that works on its own here, but when it comes all together it gets a bit messy. The dinner party is fantastic. It causes a lot of heart-pounding paranoia but when thought about on a deeper lever, it feels like there could have been more here — like some of the plot is missing and the audience should know more. To that effect though, this does put viewers right alongside Sara, who trying to figure out what is real and what isn’t.
She is missing many of her memories so the fact that a group of people come into her home and we have no clue who any of them are, or why they say certain things to Sara, this is obviously a part of her life she doesn’t remember. Because of that it works. Audiences may be left wondering what the heck is going on right up until the final moment, but that only helps with the shock when allis revealed.
The Free Fall is a fun horror movie if you go into it expecting just that. While it certainly isn’t ground breaking, there are some really great moments that shine in this movie. The major reveal towards the end will probably come as a surprise to most viewers — although that final shot is something used time and time again in this kind of movie.
The two lead actors bring a lot to the table, and their intense yet innocent relationship is part of what really works with The Free Fall. Add in the fact that they are unafraid to dive right into some brutal, bloody, scenes and this is sure to be a fun watch for any horror fan.
A surprisingly fun thriller that wastes no time jumping in with both feet. The shocking reveal at the end, makes the questioning all worth it.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Jane Badler (Rose) Interview
Jane Badler plays Rose, who is Nick’s right hand girl in the film, so to speak. In this interview she talks about the process of making this film, and what drew her to it.
About The Free Fall
A young woman must wrestle with an overbearing husband after she tries to take her own life.
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Tessa Smith is a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer-approved Film and TV Critic. She is also a Freelance Writer. Tessa has been in the Entertainment writing business for almost ten years and is a member of several Critics Associations including the Hollywood Critics Association and the Greater Western New York Film Critics Association.