Fantasia Fest 2018: Daniel Robbins’ ‘Pledge’ is Utterly Insane – Movie Review

The horror movie, Pledge, just recently had its premiere at the 2018 Fantasia International Film Festival. Before going into this film, I didn’t know much about it beyond its title. As always, Fantasia doesn’t disappoint.

But is it worth checking out?

pledge poster

This horror thriller is directed by Daniel Robbins and is written by Zack Weiner. The cast includes Zachery Byrd, Phillip Andre Botello, Aaron Dalla Villa, Zack Weiner, Cameron Cowperthwaite, Jesse Pimentel, Jean-Louis Droulers, Joe Gallagher, Melanie Rothman, and Erica Boozer.

Official Synopsis for Pledge:

A group of college freshmen pledge an exclusive fraternity but soon realize there’s more at stake than they could have ever imagined.

Pledge takes hazing to a whole new level, and this level was utterly insane. I knew from the title that pledging would be involved, but I didn’t expect what was to come. It was a unique story with interesting characters along with twists and turns along the way.

This isn’t your average pledge. Remember the 2000 favorite, Skulls, starring Joshua Jackson? Think that but multiply it by 100. I felt horrible for the pledges as all they wanted was to fit in, drink, and meet hot girls. However, I have to admit, they should have suspected something was fishy. They weren’t your average dudes that would pledge for a fraternity and this wasn’t even a normal fraternity. Red flags everywhere, man.

The fraternity brothers were brutal, and they didn’t hold back at all. Sadistic at its finest. They played their parts well and had me wanting to take revenge on them. As far as the poor pledges, I applaud them for sticking it out and putting up with the abuse they endured. They even found some dark humor during the experience. They are very relatable, even if they’re slightly dumb for getting themselves in such a horrendous situation.

The twists and turns are killer in this one, and the bonus is I never saw them coming. They keep you on your feet and help the story to flow along with a crazy amount of fucked up challenges, oodles of blood, and, of course, death.

Final Thoughts on Pledge:

I was really impressed with this one. Pledge took me on one hell of a ride, and I never knew what was coming next. It also left me never wanting to ever pledge in sorority… not that the was in the cards for me anyway. Check it out when you get a chance!

About Tori Danielle

Tori has had a passion for Horror and music ever since she was a little girl. She got bit by the writing bug in high school where she was involved in both the school newspaper and the yearbook. While getting her Bachelors degree, she took Journalism and Creative Writing classes where her passion grew even stronger. Now, in between work and family, she spends all of her spare time indulging in music, Horror movies, and nerdy fandoms, all while running/assisting one of the biggest Horror groups on Facebook and writing for various websites.

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