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Marla Mae (2018)

When a girl goes to get an IUD implanted by a distant relative, he commits a deranged act which has deadly implications for those close to her.

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Lisa van Dam-Bates
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lisa van Dam-Bates ... Marla Mae
Travis Johnny Ware ... Jake
Katie Hemming Katie Hemming ... Jules
Jason Stange ... Dr. Lourdes
Palmer Chase ... Detective Wirtz
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daniel Gibson Daniel Gibson ... Prison Guard
Ashley Gonzales Ashley Gonzales ... Prison Nurse
Anny Havland Anny Havland ... News Anchor
Ben Leiataua ... News Anchor
Samuel Mikolon Samuel Mikolon ... Rapist
Brandon W. Roberts Brandon W. Roberts ... Curtis
Raleigh Salazar Raleigh Salazar ... Bartender Ryan
Sophie Sonya Schwartz Sophie Sonya Schwartz ... Courtney
Tonya M. Skoog ... Prison Doctor (as Tonya Skoog)
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When a girl goes to get an IUD implanted by a distant relative, he commits a deranged act which has deadly implications for those close to her.

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Your first time with her will be your last.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Olympia, Washington, USA See more »

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2.39:1
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Actor Jason Stange was a fugitive during filming, having walked away from the halfway house which he was living in on probation for a 2006 armed robbery. Shortly after filming wrapped in Olympia, WA, the local newspaper ("The Olympian") ran a feature story about the film with photos that showed Stange on the film set. After recognizing Stange, agents from the U.S. Marshal Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force tracked down and arrested Stange. See more »

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My Review Of "Marla"
28 November 2019 | by ASouthernHorrorFanSee all my reviews

The story is intriguing and weird with some intense subject matter and riddled with metaphor. It maintains a steady and hypnotic flow that keeps many elements of the story engaging enough to make you wanna see how things end. There is a suspense and almost hopelessness hanging over the film. At times it amplifies the darkness and at other moments the atmosphere feels too weighted.

The cast giving strong performances for the most part, there are a few times the dialog gets clumsy. A couple of the actors seem a bit disconnected from the story and their character. Still"Marla" has some quality moments where you see the talent shine. Namely the lead actress and her ill-fated boyfriend (spoiler- kind of). Between the acting and the truly unique story idea it will be up to the individual to decide if it all worked for this movie.

The special effects are really cool. Practical choices were made and there is an almost delightful celebration of gore inspired deaths. The film is no where near the notion of realism. It is unapologetically expressionist fantasy and it extends to the horror elements as well. The death sequences were my favorite moments in the movie.

Overall "Marla" will leave just as many fans disappointed and confused. There are some wholes that linger in the story. I got a vibe that was more viral nightmare than implanted mad science. Still Lisa van Dam-Bates creates n evocative and affecting horror story that will speak to a lot of horror fans. I think this is a film worth checking out.


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