TORCHED (2004)

Written by: Greigh Johanson.

Throughout the 90's, Ryan Nicholson hid as a make-up artist for TV shows like X-Files, Millennium and Stargate SG-1 - to name some of the most famous titles from the wide archive. Using his creativity, he then made his full director debut by completing the American death metal band Necrophagia's "Nightmare Scenerios" film from 2004. This was a co-production alongside low budget director Vince D'Amato. In the same year, Ryan also chose to debut with the short film "Torched" which is a blood-penetrating and concluding torture story not like any other.

Torched is probably the rape'n revenge genre's ultimate deluxe concept and although the movie only lasts for 47 minutes, it gives us enough space to spare its excellent beauty. Certainly, I tend to get tired after watching a movie with a fair story that goes beyond 60 minutes and gives us all the goodies in the very last minutes. But that's not the case with Torched. Ryan Nicholson fills each scene with something hard-boiled and it never stands still in motion. Time flies away and you're stuck on the couch and ask for more.

Late in the evening, Deanna leaves her apartment to go to work. Before she leaves the elevator, she's overpowered by a masked man who brutally rapes her. Deanna gets crushed but doesn't call the police and goes to work as if nothing has happened. She wakes up the next night in the apartment and there's the masked intruder who again tries to rape her. But she succeeds in dominating him and taking revenge by torturing him in the coming days. But it seems that this rapist isn't the same person as before, and in a spirit of vengeance, she tries to find the identity of the first attacker using a DNA-cottontopper. She gets very shocked when she finds out who it really is...

Unlike any other movie from its own specific genre, let me say "In Spit On Your Grave" or "The Last House on the Left" then we don't possess the bitter and prolonged wait for vengeance. Here it hits directly with an exclusively violent depiction. It contains some delicious scenes that only Ryan Nicholson can tone to his audience - bizarre, crazy and very painful - Just as a teaser for what later became Gutterballs and Hanger. Two of my favorite movies by Nicholson.

Actors perform well, the effects and general film technology are taken from any Nicholson movie. You simply know what awaits you, it's highly recommended to those who like torture movies that are far from Hostel and Saw. There are probably many small details we're missing out on in the movie. But do not worry - it's low budget and the movie follows a fair playing time.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Directed by: Ryan Nicholson
Written by: Patrick Coble, Vince D'Amato, Ryan Nicholson
Produced by: Rob Carpenter, Vince D'Amato,
Damien Foisy, Nicole Hancock, Ryan Nicholson,
Selby O'Brien, Peter Speers

Cinematography by: Damien Foisy
Editing by: Vince D'Amato, Guy Stone
Special Effects by: Elisabeth Jolliffe, Christ Stanley,
Sarah Bergeest Still

Music by: Rob Johnson, Ryan Nicholson, Christ Stanley
Cast: Michelle Boback, Tamara Pender, Daniel Lomas, Ryan Haneman, Rob Scattergood, Peter Speers,
Rob Carpenter, Christ Stanley, Sarah Bergeest Still,
Nicole Hancock, Willard Cochrane

Year: 2004
Country: Canada
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 47min

Distributor: Plotdigger Films.