The Price We Pay // A Practical Stephen Dorff Effect

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The Price We Pay is another lesson on how to keep horror and thrillers fresh while also delivering all the fun delectable little treats horror fans like myself enjoy.

Opening in theatres Tuesday, 10 January, The Price We Pay stars Stephen Dorff (Blade), Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild), and Latina powerhouse Gigi Zumbado. Directed by Ryûhei Kitamura of Midnight Meat Train fame, The Price We Pay takes us on an adventure of “you have no idea what’s going on, so quit lying.”

The film starts off action/thriller with a robbery done wrong, and of course, we’re on the run now. Cue the creepy shop owner and the unfortunate victim of his nefarious thoughts and deeds, and we now have a recipe for a decent thriller. But we got Stephen Dorff here, people, so it’s not going to be that tame.

After they’re forced to hide out in a farmhouse after taking Zumbado hostage, the crew tries to lay low. Our resident hothead, played by Hirsch, isn’t having any of that, though, and decides to kick things up a notch. There always has to be one of these asshats. The grandson of the farm’s owner is put in harm’s way, and when “Grandfather” returns, the real action begins.

What I love about The Price We Pay is how the actors can pull out just enough of their vague character backgrounds to give us enough character development to decide who we’ll stand behind. Sometimes we do not need an entire background or flashback to tell their full story. Keeping it simple is the way to go, especially in a thriller-style movie such as The Price We Pay. Don’t bore me with the details and just give me more action and blood.

I wouldn’t be me, though, if I didn’t rave about the awesome practical effects here. I am a huge fan of practical effects, and The Price We Pay didn’t just deliver; they offered up a show in an exciting way that had me cheering at the screen and wanting more.

The Price We Pay is a short 86 minutes and offers enough of different genres to pull in audiences from fans of action, thrillers, and horror. Shoot, you can just be a Stephen Dorff fan with little love for the above, and I’m sure you’ll get a kick out of watching him in this movie. I’ll definitely be watching it again on my big screen. I’m looking forward to some of those hard-hitting practical effects in a little bit more detail.

The Price We Pay is available 10 January On Demand and on Blu-Ray and DVD 21 February (one day before my birthday!).
The Price We Pay| Official Movie Site | Lionsgate

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