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“‘Redlands’ is a horror film with an arthouse aesthetic. In practical terms, what this means is that the tale – written, directed and produced by John Brian King – unfolds like one of Todd Solondz’s studies of contemporary anomie, stringing together a series of long, static shots that last several often-uncomfortable minutes before building to an explosive climax…the film…is both artfully evocative – of alienation, the constraints on ambition and the danger of unexpressed anger – and profoundly disturbing.” – Michael O’Sullivan, The Washington Post
“With its rhythmic, almost maddening pace, its unhealthy and sickly atmosphere, its extremely morbid handling of almost explicit sex and latent violence, and its apparently inconsequential dialogue that provides remarkable depth, it is also a movie that is hypnotic, unsettling, disturbing, obsessive, and extremely fascinating.” – Alberto Luchini, La Luna de Metrópoli (Spain)
The lives of three residents of Redlands, California, intersect and ultimately collide in this claustrophobic adult drama – a radical exploration of creativity, sexuality and violence in America.
VIENNA is a young “alternative” nude model who lives with her indie-musician boyfriend ZACK in Redlands, California (a bleak Inland Empire city sixty miles east of Los Angeles). Controlling and hypocritical, Zack uses Vienna’s earnings to further his own musical career as Vienna attempts to build a creative life of her own. Their lives are forever changed when Vienna meets ALLAN, a balding middle-aged amateur glamour photographer; unemployed and recently divorced, Allan’s unassuming behavior camouflages his feelings of inadequacy and his building resentment toward others.
An arthouse take on a film noir storyline with elements of black humor, REDLANDS breaks all the rules of traditional American indie filmmaking. Written and directed by John Brian King (author of "Lustmord: The Writings and Artifacts of Murderers"), REDLANDS is a dark voyeuristic film that slowly builds to a savage denouement.