Charles Porter as Keller
Wilson Jermaine Heredia as Adam
Sam Sarpong as Scott Scott
Can a murderous gang member be a sympathetic horror movie hero? Yes and no, I suppose. With gang violence and drug culture commonplace in the United States along with the romanticism of gang activity in movies and music it is only natural that gang-related scenarios would seep into horror.
In Nailed two men, Keller and Scott (Charles Porter and Sam Sarpong) are on their way to a “job”. This job involves running drugs for a big-time dealer and trading them for cash in an isolated parking lot in Brooklyn.
The transaction goes wrong for our “heroes” as they have walked directly into a sting operation which results in one dead cop, a wounded Scott, and a flight for cover in a boarded-up old house. This is where the fun begins.
The house has two occupants; Adam (Wilson Jermaine Heredia) and a mysterious man confined to a bed and wrapped up like a mummy. Adam explains that he is the “care-er” and the mummy-boy is a sick man too far gone for a hospital. Lucky for our heroes Adam is a sort of nurse that can help with Scott’s gunshot wound.
Soon after arrival at the old house strange things start to happen, including visions of snakes appearing and disappearing, wounds and sores appearing on Keller’s body and a strange jerky-moving woman that is there briefly before vanishing.
Nailed is pretty low budget so there is not a lot of graphic gore, but that doesn’t stop the film from being utterly fantastic
Admittedly, my personal disdain for everything related to gang culture (only the tragically weak need a gun to feel important) made me a bit apprehensive about this film when it started out. Psychological scares, immense creativity and originality, excellent acting and an incredible story won me over. It also didn’t hurt that our “heroes” are eventually taught the err of their ways.
I read a story that described this movie’s humble beginnings filming in Belfast Ireland that turned into a Brooklyn-based filming with additional resources once Ben Katz, another young producer, read the script. I hope that the “Americanization” added to this film’s production allows for some notoriety and exposure, because Nailed is a horror movie that deserves to be seen.