Spoiler-Free Review of “Distress Signals” on Demand: Slow Burn Survival Thriller

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“Can somebody come get me?”

Distress Signals released on Digital and Demand on May 12th 2023. The survival thriller film stars Christine Nyland and Terence Krey. They also wrote and directed the movie. It runs for an hour and twenty minutes.

After taking a nasty fall that separates her from her friends, Caroline must figure out a way to survive and escape the woods.

Here is the trailer:

Distress Signals follows a simple formula that is actually really compelling with an eerie final act that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Is it worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Christine Nyland is captivating on screen.

I was extremely impressed to find out that she was also part of the writing and directing team for this film. It’s difficult to carry films that predominantly center around one character with minimal dialogue and yet she did a good job and held my interest.

I was literally cheering for her during certain moments and even though I wanted to know a little bit more about her character, she commanded the screen in an effective way.

I also enjoyed the subtle soundtrack and I thought this film was shot really well.

A final act I did not see coming!

For the most part, this film follows your standard formula for a survival thriller. In a lot of ways, it was a decent enough mix of Alone (2020) and the series, Keep Breathing (starring Melissa Barrera). Caroline has to handle overcoming an injury, finding her way out of the woods, dealing with potential predators, and finding food and water, which I’ve seen a lot in similar movies.

But things don’t stop there and they take a major shift in the last thirty minutes or so, where we get some shocking moments I did not see coming. I really enjoyed the last act and I wanted more of it! 

The Cons:

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Slower pacing…

If you’re looking for a jam-packed thriller filled with lots of action, you won’t get that here. This is a different kind of a thriller. I still enjoyed it, but I wanted more grit and edge at times. I also wish that the last act had been fleshed out a little bit more because it was the best part of the movie.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

Distress Signals may seem like your average thriller at first glance, but its slow burn approach does pay off in the end. If you enjoy survival/wilderness thrillers, there is enough here for you to appreciate.

I wanted a touch more to make it stand out from similar films, but I enjoyed my watch overall.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Distress Signals in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Unseen” on Demand: Satisfying Thriller Worth Your Time

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“It’s a miracle I got you…”

Unseen released on Demand on March 7th 2023. The horror-thriller film stars Midori Francis, Jolene Purdy, Michael Patrick Lane, and Missi Pyle. It runs for approximately an hour and sixteen minutes.

A gas station clerk named Sam receives a random phone call from a nearly blind stranger named Emily who has been abducted by her ex-boyfriend. Acting as a guide for Emily through her phone, Sam quickly becomes her only hope at survival.

Here is the trailer:

Unseen is a fantastic mix of See for Me and Alone with a fast-paced, intense premise and two likable leads. Is it worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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No waiting!

Talk about starting off with a bang…

This film has minimal set-up and throws the audience into things with barely any warning. The pacing was on point and at barely an hour and twenty minutes long, I never looked at the time even once.

This film was filled with edge-of-your-seat moments and some touching ones as well without ever overdoing it. It all just worked in a simple and effective way, which is exactly the kind of thriller I love to see.

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Two strong female leads to root for.

I absolutely loved both of these leading ladies. They were both incredible and I actually really dug the fact that they seemed so normal. It just made their bond and quest for survival that much more intriguing.

Even though we had minimal set-up in the beginning of the film, we still got enough layers between these two as they continued to talk, which helped me care about them even more.

The Cons:

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Far-fetched at times…

Sure, some of the characters were a little outrageous and there were some moments that had me scratching my head, but just go with it and you’ll enjoy the ride. It all added to the intensity so I’m not complaining too much here.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent!!!

Keep making horror-thrillers like this and I’ll keep watching them and so will a lot of other viewers!

Fast-paced, fierce, and absolutely FANTASTIC from start to finish!

I absolutely loved this film and highly recommend it.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Unseen (2023) in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

It was only supposed to be temporary…but when Olivia Crewe accepts a new position that seems too good to be true, she soon discovers that twelve other girls previously had the same job as her. Only none of them lasted for more than thirty days. No notice. Nothing…right before they mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

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