Model Hunger (2016)
Summary: Former pin-up model and actress Ginny (Lynn Lowry) had been cast aside by the heartless and exploitative modeling industry when she was a young woman due to her body type. Ginny didnt take rejection well and over the years developed into a revenge seeking, blood thirsty, broken woman. When her new neighbors Debbie (Tiffany Shepis) and Sal (Carmine Capobianco) move in, Debbie begins to notice strange things going on next door. Sal credits it to Debbie's psychological instability and believes she is seeing things, falling deeper into her psychosis. Debbie is obsessively determined to figure out what secret life Ginny is leading. Her new nosey neighbor throws a damper on Ginnys lifestyle activities; such as her cannibalistic food addictions and ever growing body count. Both women become determined to put an end to the others obsession
This movie generally has a lot of different things going on. Debbie moves into a new neighborhood with her husband. They don't really go into full detail with her current situation but there is something going on with her. She is a shut in, doesn't leave the house much. Has some self consciousness about her weight.
Her neighbor Ginny on the other hand has her own weird things going on. She used to be a model until she was brushed aside for a younger model. The resentment apparently grew throughout her life until she could no longer take it. She unleashes that anger on anyone whose actions she finds even remotely similar to that of those who shunned her. This includes cheerleaders that she perceives to be sluts, and a married auto mechanic who she has known for years and they make sexual jokes back and forth.
To be completely honest, this movie was a very pleasant surprise. I wasn't expecting much from this but I actually enjoyed this movie a lot. It was very well written, all the of plot points intertwined perfectly. There was nothing left unresolved. The acting was also very good, topped off with a great performance by Lynn Lowry who played Ginny. She had a lot of similarities to characters portrayed by Lin Shaye in the sense that she is an older woman who goes against the way people her age our thought to act. They don't shy away from sexuality and profane language. And if I'm being perfectly honest, she looked really good for an actress that is just south of 70.
This was the directorial debut of Horror Icon Debbie Rochon. And it has her style all over it. She nailed it. She managed to put everything together in such a way that it kept my attention from beginning to end. If Model Hunger is a sign of what we have to look forward to from her movies, I will be keeping a close eye out for her next movie because she has definitely made a fan out of me.
Reviewed by Bobby