Originally Mr. Cotton was planning on shooting the film in bodega bay at the same church used in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds " but it didn't have all the aspects he wanted in his script . By chance one day he pulled off the freeway to the town of Sunol in the Bay Area only miles from his home at the time that he had never visited . Not only did it have the perfect church but all the other locations that were in his script all in the same town . It was as if he had dreamed the town and then found it . The town embraced his film and they were crucial in the making of it with locations and help along the way . They had previously had a Hollywood film shot there and were opposed to any filming as they felt they were treated poorly by the production company from Los Angelos . But once on board with James and his team they not only opened the town for shooting but threw a wrap party for the cast and crew with parting gifts and goodwill .. a great friendship has lasted ever since . See more »
An independent psychological thriller that keeps you intrigued.
Once in awhile an independent film comes along where only some people have heard about it, and more people should. The Confessional is that film. Written and Directed by James Anthony Cotton, The Confessional is a psychological thriller that is both intriguing and creepy. Fans of Hitchcock horror will definitely appreciate it.
The cast includes Peter Quartaroli (The Scorpion King), Jane Longenecker, (JAG) Patrick Kilpatrick (Minority Report) and Victor Browne (Tremors), all of whom have some well-known acting gigs. Quartaroli plays Leonard, the main psycho who was abused by a priest as a child and seeks to find his own fulfillment. It is Quartaroli's performance that carries the whole story from beginning to end. The creepy factor is a high "10" on the Creepy Scoring Scale. His mannerisms, his voice and the pacing of his words all make your skin crawl up the back of your neck. It is his character that makes you want to know what happens next, and it is intrigue that keeps your eyes glued to the screen.
The entire cast of characters was very well done; each one had great chemistry on screen with the other. The script was well written, with great dialogue and scene setting, which brought the story to life. The twist at the end was a fantastic way to bring everything together.
So If you're looking for an independent thriller to watch, The Confessional is one you don't want to ignore.
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