1981. As the town of Amarillo gets ready to celebrate Halloween, a 76-year-old nun is raped, strangled, beaten and stabbed to death. And as it happens in Texas, the authorities have every interest in finding the culprit before mob justice takes its course. Soon, an ideal suspect is arrested: Johnny Frank Garrett, an 18-year-old with a feeble mind. The jury members are a little to eager to return to their homes and sentence him to death. Ten years later, Johnny finally gets to meet the grim reaper. But before he receives his lethal injection, he thanks his audience. First by telling them to go fuck themselves and then by cursing each of his jurors for several generations. These last words are a promise that will be kept. In the weeks following his execution, the former jury members begin to die in strange circumstances.
The latest film by Simon Rumley (The Living and the Dead, ABC’s of Death) is inspired by real events that were already the subject of the 2008 documentary Johnny Frank. It’s in turn a plea against capital punishment, an injustice that is reminiscent of Making a Murderer, and a troubling horror story that’s still unexplained today. The musical score was composed by an esteemed former member of our international jury, Simon Boswell (Phenomena, Santa Sangre, Shallow Grave).
|Genre(s)||horror, serial killer, thriller|
|Cast||Cassie Shea Watson, Dodge Prince, Erin Cummings, Jon Arthur, Mike Doyle, Mike Gassaway, Sean Patrick Flanery|
|Distributor||The Festival Agency|