Movie Review : ‘The Culling’ (2014)

May 16, 2015

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email:

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Rustam Brananman wrote and directed ‘The Culling’, which stars Johnathon Schaelch (Quarantine), Virginia Williams (Stroker), Jeremy Sumpter (Animal), Elizabeth Di Prinzio (The Devil Within), Brett Davern (The Pool Boys) and ‘The Walking Dead’ actor Chris Coy.

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A group of friends heading to a music festival stop at a dinner in hopes of having a late night snack. The dinner is closed, but the friends are approached by a young girl who is alone and scared. They decide to take the girl home. When they arrive at the big secluded house no one is home, but the girl’s parents, played by Schaelch and Williams, soon arrive. As a thank you for rescuing their daughter, the parents offer the bunch a meal, a drink and a smoke. They have no clue about the evil they are about to face. Group members began to die one by one as the entity reveals its self, each of the group is in a fight for survival.

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‘The Culling’ was pretty good, except for the beginning, the middle and the end. The dialogue in this supernatural thriller was less than thrilling. ‘The Culling’ had an endless barrage of odd lines, I can only compare it to someone trying to sound more intelligent than they actually are. The acting was less than stellar and the characters were your average, common example of characters, the sweet girl, the troubled one, the pot head, the couple in love, the asshole, the same basic characters found in hundreds of horror movies. The movie just felt sloppy. In my opinion, ‘The Culling’ was horrible. Save your time and money, for a movie that’s actually worth watching.

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‘The Culling’ is now out on DVD.

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