Quench (2008) – By Brian Morton

 For quite a while in the late 70s into the early 80s, Satan worship was wildly popular in horror movies. So popular, in fact, that it’s clung to our society to the point that whenever we see someone dressed in black or ‘gothic’ attire, our first thought tends to be ‘Satan worshipper’. Well, a new movie by Zack Parker, not only challenges that, but takes the ‘goth’ look into an entirely new direction.

Quench is the story of Derik, a guy who seems to be lost. We first see him at a grave and then he travels quite a distance to visit his best friend from school, Jason. When Derik arrives, Jason has changed…and seemingly not for the better. Derik finds his friend dressed in black, and acting very differently. Soon, he finds that Jason is engaged to Veronica, the girl who changed him. Then, when Jason and Veronica take Derick to a ‘party’, one that reeks of darkness and (apparently) devil worship, Derik is a little freaked out…and he freaks out more when his friend won’t even talk about what happened at the party. One thing turns into another, Derik catches Jason and Veronica having sex, which for them involves cutting each other with razor blades and drinking each other’s blood, and Derik finds he has to get out of his friends house. Shortly after that, Derik falls in with Gina, a girl who seems to understand him a little better, she discovers that Derik isn’t introverted or shy, he’s in terrible pain after the death of his girlfriend. Gina sets to patch things up between the friends and the ‘family’ (the group who were at the party), but only succeeds in making things far worse than you could ever imagine!

There are several twists within Quench that I won’t give away…that would ruin a good movie, and I wouldn’t want to do that. Zack Parker has put together a movie that’s not only scary and compelling, but it’s realistic! Usually when dealing with darker subjects, movies will take a wild turn into fantasy or horror, Mr. Parker keeps his movie firmly grounded in reality, and the horror of that is more than enough…trust me. I’m giving Quench four out of four cigars, because it’s a movie that you will think is one thing, but is actually another, and that you will find yourself being drawn into despite yourself. I felt bad for Derik, I wanted to see he and Gina form a permanent bond and I actually wanted all these ‘weird’ people to live happily ever after, but, as in life, that’s not always the case. You can find out more about Quench for yourself by heading over to the Along the Tracks web site, I promise you won’t be disappointed. So until next time, when I’ll realize that chicks in the goth clothing are sort of a turn on, but getting cut isn’t, remember that the best movies are bad movies.