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PROXY opens tonight at Vintage Park! See it this week - if you have the guts!

PROXY is not recommended for 85 percent of the people reading this right now.

PROXY opens tonight at Vintage Park! See it this week - if you have the guts!

PROXY is not recommended for 85 percent of the people reading this right now. The movie, an astonishing slow creep of terror, suspense and despair, opens tonight at Vintage Park. It’s a nasty, twisty curved road of horror – it’s also really, really good. You will see things you did not expect to see. You will feel things you were not prepared to feel. If you doubt your ability to withstand the punishment of a movie crafted from pure darkness, stay home and watch reruns of “Friends.” If, on the other hand, you have a stomach for raw violence and incredible acts of evil, this is a movie you need to see. Just don't say I didn't warn you.


Alexia Rasmussen stars as Esther, a woman who experiences something unbelievably awful within the first fifteen minutes of the film. From there, bad things continue happening – sometimes to Esther and sometimes to the parade of people whose lives become irrevocably ruined thanks to the fact they know her. A sprawling, surprising story that ends in a surprisingly different place than it begins, PROXY is a movie that is difficult to pin down. Sometimes the horror is shocking – in that in-your-face-splatter sort of way that many writers have lazily labeled torture porn. More often, though, PROXY finds its weapon of choice the slow build of suspense – marching the movie down a dangerous road we can all see coming but we are unable to prevent. Joe Swanberg, Kristina Klebe and Alexa Havins co-star. Zack Parker writes and directs.

Here’s an excerpt from a review by Scott Weinberg from FearNet:

“Much of the artistry of PROXY comes in the form of revelations that the viewer should discover for themselves, but what director Zack Parker and his co-writer Kevin Donner have put together here is a shocking tale of tragedy that's frequently brilliant in the way it A) subverts expectations, B) keeps a viewer guessing, and C) offers powerful food-for-thought on how issues like love, loyalty, commitment, misery, and sympathy, and empathy can be as addicting as alcohol, cocaine, and nicotine. Virtually all of these characters do terrible things, but thanks to a razor-sharp screenplay and a superlative cast, PROXY is both an indictment of the human condition and an unflinching morality tale that indicates how sad and fractured we all are at the worst moments of our lives.”

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