GLOBAL DIGITAL RELEASING presents the thought-provoking psychological thriller, Groupers, starring Nicole Dambro and Peter Mayer-Klepchic. Writer/director Anderson Cowan dives into the super-charged subject matter without hesitation and tackles the timely themes with the utmost cleverness.
Two all-American high school jocks Brad and Dylan (Peter Mayer-Klepchick and Cameron Duckett) who are out for a night on the town when they are approached by the beautiful and seductive Meg (Nicole Dambro) at a local bar. Ready for what they hope will be a night to remember, the guys are subsequently kidnapped, drugged and awaken tied up face to face in an abandoned pool in the middle of nowhere. Orin (Jesse Pudles), Meg’s overly flamboyant brother, has been the target of Brad and Dylan’s homophobic bullying.
Here are 5 reasons why you should see Groupers:
5) Nicole Dambro!
Incredibly captivating, Nicole Dambro will keep audiences guessing as she plays the mysterious Meg on two levels. On one hand, Meg (Dambro) is maniacal and vindictive because she is the one who came up with the sadistic game. Interestingly, Meg happens to be a grad student who is conducting an important social experiment.
4) Peter Mayer-Klepchick & Cameron Duckett!
As Brad and Dylan, Peter Mayer-Klepchick and Cameron Duckett are literally tied together in an uncompromising situation. Stuck together, the duo has to act as if they are one person. Mayer-Klepchick and Duckett bounce back and forth with their dialogue with such energy.
3) The Setting!
The cinematography by Milan Janican captures everything in full vividness, on a bright and sunny day. The extreme closeups add to the tense moments as Brad and Dylan are trapped inside an abandoned pool. The opening tracking shot follows Meg from one location to the back of her van.
2) The Direction!
Writer/director Anderson Cowan does a great job jumping from different perspectives, from Brad and Dylan to Meg. With a great ensemble, Cowan is able to develop each character and fleshes out their viewpoints. There are definitely some surprising moments where you do end up laughing out loud.
1) It’s Thought-Provoking!
Groupers takes aim at its thought-provoking material without ever being preachy or wishy-washy. Audiences will definitely be surprised by this one.
Groupers opens in Los Angeles on Friday, September 27th, 2019 at the Laemmle Music Hall theater and will expand into additional markets on October 1st, 2019.