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Movie: ‘The Daughters of Virtue’ Horror Short
Cast: Melanie Cruz as Janet, Maria Olsen as Betty, Sylvia Panacione as Alice, Brittany Samson as Rhonda and Milly Sanders as Cynthia
Writer and Director: Michael Escobedo
Release Date: October 6, 2017
Release Format: Film Festival
Genre: Short, Drama, Horror

Official synopsis of the short is.. A lonely housewife fears for her life when a women’s prayer group meeting turns into a fanatical intervention to rid her soul of evil. 'The Daughters of Virtue' screened at the Nightmares Film Festival where it won the Best Horror Short Award. The film produced by Rock & Hammer Films.

'The Daughters Of Virtue' center a group of religious women..Betty, Janet, Rhonda, and Cynthia who have gathered for a group prayer session. When Rhonda confesses that she believes her husband is having an affair, Alice acts out of character. Alice has a dark moment of faith and travels down a path of sin. This makes the women believe she’s possessed. Adultery is a grave mistake among these women. They spare no expense to make it known. This is an excruciating time for Alice when she becomes victim to their backlash in response to her bad judgment of character and wrongdoing. Their ways are brutal as they try to rid her soul of the evil presence. Betty takes the lead in attempting to rid Alice’s soul of evil.

The acting is excellent. Especially, Maria Olsen puts on an intimidating performance. One of the best portrayals of an exorcist that anyone seen in a long time. She’s not an exorcist, but she puts the matters of getting the job done into her own hands. Her demeanor ruthless and cruel. Her ways are unconventional. A strong no-nonsense character, and it is invigorating to see a woman portray.

With a run-time just over 12 minutes, The Daughters of Virtue delivers a promising horror story with a creepy atmosphere from beginning to end. The setting and tone of the film is dark as it should be. This accompanied by a dramatic theatrical score. This is effective in amplifying the scare factor. The costumes and makeup are parallel to the plot. The end includes some crazy awesome special effects that are effective enough to create a rush of adrenaline. It was beautifully shot and wickedly creepy.

Director Michael Escobebo creates a slow, quiet demon possession film with a simple setting, cinematography, score, and practical visual effects. The Daughters Of Virtue is a prime example of simplicity being innovative.

'The Daughters of Virtue' is surely a solid horror short and has a strong scope to extend this for a feature film. And, yes..the director is working on a feature version of the short. Make sure you wont miss to watch it!

Official still from the short
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