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True Fiction

By Bobby LePire | March 30, 2020

Why do so many horror films feel the need to have a twist or two? Maybe the shock and surprise are meant to throw the audience off, and thus, make them more susceptible to the other scares in the film. Perhaps the screenwriter truly believes that the twist enhances the story to some degree. Sometimes, it might just be sequel-baiting. Of course, none of these reasons mean that the twist in X film is inherently bad or wrong or stupid. But, it does mean that if you have seen enough scary movies, you tend to get annoyed at twists.

When True Fiction’s first twist happens, my initial thought was, “Oh, okay, so this is a movie whose more interesting before the twist.” But, just a few minutes later, a different twist (of sorts) occurs and everything falls back into place. So, maybe the twist isn’t there for the viewer to suss out, but to screw with the main character. The point is, that even if you are sick to death of twists in your horror movies, stick with True Fiction; I guarantee it will surprise you.

“…he will be subjecting Avery to a series of controlled tests that will push her to the brink of fear and beyond.”

Avery (Sara Garcia) is selected to be the new assistant to famed horror author Caleb Conrad (John Cassini). Conrad is Avery’s favorite author, so this is more than just a great job with an acclaimed writer to her. When she arrives at the secluded cabin she’ll be staying at with Caleb, while he works on his latest novel, Caleb reveals to her his game, as he calls it.

Caleb has felt like he has been in a rut for a very long time, writing-wise, and wants to renew his creative spark. To do this, he will be subjecting Avery to a series of controlled tests that will push her to the brink of fear and beyond. He will then use her reactions and input as the basis for the new characters and trappings in his latest book. But, the more tests Avery is submitted to, the less she can differentiate between what is real and what is not.

True Fiction (2020)

Directed and Written: Braden Croft

Starring: Sara Garcia, John Cassini, Julian Black Antelope, Jason Schneider, Catherine Gill, etc.

Movie score: 9/10

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"…maybe the twist isn't there for the viewer to suss out, but to screw with the main character."

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