Next up in our Horror-On-Sea 2023 Film Festival coverage, we had the chance to check out the uber-creepy film, Her Name Was Christa. It’s one sick, twisted journey that’s nearly impossible to shake.
Check out the trailer below, then read on for our review!
Her Name Was Christa (2020) Synopsis
A lonely middle-aged telemarketer by day looks for companionship at night by hiring a prostitute named Christa to be his girlfriend. What starts as a budding business adventure quickly turns into a hellish nightmare of woe in this bizarre, morbid tale of undying love.
Her Name Was Christa is a 2020 horror thriller, written and directed by James L. Edwards (Brimstone Incorporated 2021, Hell Van 2022). It stars Shianne Daye (Brimstone Incorporated 2021, First Date 2021), James L. Edwards, Drew Fortier (Brimstone Incorporated 2021, Dwellers 2021), Rick Jermain (Milfs vs Zombies 2015, Clean Exit 2016), Kaylee Williams (Don’t Fuck in the Woods 2 2022), The Barn Part II 2022), Cayt Feinics (Slimoids 2018, Lefty Lucy 2018), and Tammy Gyarmathy (Ghost Adventures 2008, The Osbornes Want to Believe 2020).
It also stars Destiny Soria (VHS Violence: Bootlegged 2022, Erotomaniac 2022), Shannon Stockin (Sharks of the Corn 2021, Hi-Fear 2022), J.R. Bookwalter (Robot Ninja 1989, Ozone 1993), Sasha Graham (Trivial and Polymorph 1996, Bloodletting 1997), Steve Hergina (Krampus 4: The Origin Story 2020, The Edge of Her Mind Anthology 2022), and Barbara Katz-Norrod (Kingdom of the Vampire 1991, The Sandman 1995).
This is one seriously disturbing, morose journey into absolute madness. Every now and then, a movie comes along that really digs into your psyche, carving an unforgettable ravine in your mind that’s almost impossible to erase. It’s so warped and skewed that no matter how hard you try, it sticks with you.
Coming into this, I had no idea what to expect. It’s a bit of a slow burn that takes its time to get going, however, once you get into the crux of it all, the payoff well exceeds the wait. The runtime was a little long and could have been trimmed down by about twenty minutes or so, but still, it didn’t take anything away from the overall finished product.
The sound levels were a bit wonky, but the music fit the film like a glove. It was upbeat, cheerful, and darkly menacing when needed. The editing was excellent and the costumes and makeup were fantastic. Also, the special effects were solid, stark, and at times, beyond wretched.
This is not for the faint of heart. It’s bleak, grotesque, and seriously sinister. The acting is great. There’s some really noticeable chemistry between the two leads. And the third act? It’s one that will definitely pick at you long after the credits roll.
Her Name Was Christa is foul, vile, and sadistic as f*ck. It’ll without a doubt make your skin crawl. It’s creepy, repulsive, and stomach-churning. This film isn’t for everyone, viewer discretion is advised. For those brave enough, give this one a go, if you’ve got the guts.