AN ALL NEW DESCENT INTO TERROR FROM THE DIRECTOR AND STAR OF HATCHET
Joel David Moore stars with Zachary Levi (Chuck) and Amber Tamblyn (Joan of Arcadia and THE GRUDGE 2) in the harrowing story of a shy and possibly disturbed telemarketer/painter, his arrogant longtime friend and boss, and the carefree new co-worker whose love may offer a portrait of normalcy. But in a life scarred by dark secrets, can the truth be the most horrifying pose of all? Tricia Helfer of Battlestar Gallactica co-stars in this acclaimed psychological shocker co-directed by Adam Green and Moore that FrightFest hailed as "almost unbearably tense... a Hitchcock-tail of precision direction and startling imagery packing a final shock punch!"
A moody, low-key indie about isolation and obsession, Spiral marks a reunion of star and co-writer Joel David Moore and co-director Adam Green, whose previous effort was the spastic slasher tribute Hatchet. Moore is very effective as Mason, a withdrawn loner whose penchant for painting portraits of women may hint at a darker secret. An outcast at his dreary day job, he finds a sympathetic friend in a new co-worker (Amber Tamblyn), but Mason's peculiarities soon leave their mark on the relationship. As subdued and thoughtful as Hatchet was crass and loud, Spiral succeeds at creating an unsettling atmosphere (aided in no small part by the ceaseless gloom of its Seattle locations), and if the twist ending isn't terribly surprising, the picture as a whole is an admirable attempt at a thriller driven by psychology rather than pure terror. The DVD includes commentary by Green, Moore, Tamblyn, co-star Zachary Levi (Chuck), co-writer and producer Jeremy Boreing, and director of photography Will Barrett, as well as a making-of featurette and three behind-the-scenes promotional pieces filmed for the Starz Network. --Paul Gaita