It’s been often lamented how the world of genre film is bereft by the presence of female directors. But with the advent of the "Women in Horror Appreciation" movement, we are seeing all kinds of female filmmakers coming out of the woodwork producing films. Whether the quality of said films are worth the accolades they receive is another question entirely, but the fact that more women are producing genre films is certainly something worth celebrating indeed.
Enter Meg Skaff, the director behind the delightfully quirky genre mashup, "Terry Kendall and Orange Green." Here is a film that combines elements of drama, black comedy (no pun intended) and serial killer thrillers and does so with a gusto that should put a smile on any lover of indie horror cinema.
The story follows Terry Kendall (Brit-Charde Sellers), a young black woman who works at the Pioneer Supermarket in Brooklyn, New York. She arrives at work promptly at 9:30am every morning with the hope that one day, her hard work and diligence will pay off in the form of a managerial position down the road.
One night when she finishes work, she takes the subway home and encounters a man by the name of Orange Green (Timothy J. Cox). At first their encounter is about as meaningful as any encounter you’re likely to face when you meet a stranger on the subway whilst going to work. But he takes a very keen interest in Terry. An interest that quickly turns into the homicidal stalker variety. Every day at 2pm, he finds Terry, no matter where she may be working/hiding and asks her where he may find the chicken breast. In one particularly amusing scene, he asks this while standing to the side of the chicken section.
These daily encounters of the absurd eventually lead up to a twist that I won’t give away here. I have to admit that given the quirky nature of the film, it does sort of come out of nowhere as the tone seems out of place with the absurd humor that I enjoyed for three-quarters of the plot. It’s also a little disappointing as I thought there’d be something related to the fact that he keeps asking for chicken. But alas, we get an ending straight out of a typical slasher film, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just disappointing.
The performances are the real highlights of the film with Brit-Charde Sellers giving a very natural and realistic portrayal of a woman driven to her wit’s end by Orange Green’s pestering. Timothy J. Cox, proving himself to be the Johnny Depp of indie cinema in his ability to play almost every conceivable role a scriptwriter can come up with, gives another tremendous performance imbuing his character with a genuine sense of creepiness.
For more information on how you can download a free copy of the film, check out Director Meg Skaff’s website at: http://www.megskaff.com