Film Thrills #9 Director Patrick Kennelly & Actor Bethany Orr (EXCESS FLESH)

Coming out of the 2015 Boston Underground Film Festival, there might no have been a more controversial a film than Patrick Kennelly’s Excess Flesh. Exploring body dysmorphia, the cyclical nature of abusive relationships, psychosis and the way Los Angeles serves as a breeding ground for dangerous and unrealistic standards of beauty, the film is anchored by it’s leading lady Bethany Orr and the intensity she brings to her role as Jill. As an apartment recluse, Jill feeds her paranoia and self loathing one spoonful of decadent mac and cheese slathered with BBQ chips at a time.  

Both Kennelly and Orr sat down to talk with Dede Crimmins and I this past week to discuss the genesis of the film, what it means to create horror rooted in reality and why those who say “beautiful” people can’t claim to have body issues can get stuffed.

For more on Excess Flesh, read Dede’s incisive review at ALL THINGS HORROR: “Excess Flesh Rips Your Heart Through Your Stomach And Makes You Watch“.

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Mike Snoonian

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since 2009 Mike has written about independent horror, science fiction, cult and thrillers through his own blog All Things Horror along with various other spots on the web. Film Thrills marks his attempt to take things up a notch, expand his viewing and writing horizons and to entertain and engage his audience while doing so. When Mike's not writing or watching movies, you can find him reading to his little girl, or doing science experiments with her, or trying to convince her that the term "chicken butt" comes from people putting chicken nuggets down their underwear. at age five, she's too smart to believe most of what he says.

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