Pretty Mara (Tammy Jean) creates props for movies. Introverted, she keeps mostly to herself, but... What nobody knows is that there is a dark and violent side to her. She kills her pretty, female lovers and keeps their corpses inside her apartment, not wanting them to leave her. When she meets the beautiful Kat (Aste Paredes), a novice producer, the two share an immediate attraction to each other. They hit it off almost immediately. Unfortunately, Mara’s sanity continues to crack. She soon “hears” and “sees” the doll like bodies of her murdered lovers, warning her not to leave them. Soon the need to for her to kill again returns. She tries her best to make the relationship work with Kat, but can she really? And, more importantly, for how long will Kat truly be safe from her homicidal needs?
Nov. 19, 2015 (screening). Hit DVD on Feb. 9, 2016.
Ruby Larocca, Rich Mallery
Ruby Larocca, Rich Mallery
Nicola Fiore as: Roxy
Asta Paredes as: Kat
Ruby Larocca as: Emily
Tammy Jean as: Mara
Rich Mallery as: Garrett
Sociopathia is the directorial debut of scream queen Ruby LaRocca and Rich Mallery. With an opening sequence featuring lesbian sex and the brutal killing of one of Mara’s (played by Tammy Jean) lovers, this one grabs you from the very beginning. The film reminds me of movies like Maniac or Don’t Go in the House with some of the occurrences, like Mara talking to the cadavers that she keeps in her house. What’s really cool about this film is the fact that the killer this time is female. I don’t think there are really that many movies with the serial killer being female, and it being told from her point of view. In fact, the last film I can think of which was like that was the excellent American Mary. Sociopathia isn’t as great as the aforementioned movies, it’s still a solid film.
The love/ homage to the disturbing, classic Maniac is quite present and is made abundantly clear as the movie progresses. That being said, it would be unfair to call this movie a rip-off. This film is its own beast. One aspect where it actually improves on the classic Maniac is the relationship between the killer and her lover. I absolutely love Maniac, and believe it to be an amazing film, but I always felt it questionable that Caroline Munro’s character would be interested in/date Joe Spinell’s character. It felt, I think, unrealistic. However, here it is easy to believe the relationship between Mara and Kat. It actually comes off rather cute and likable. This is held up strongly by the acting of both ladies.
Asta Paredes is sexy, likable, and fun as Kat. There is a nice edge to her that gives her character a good bit of depth. Plus, the character allows Paredes to show off her more dramatic side (as opposed to her comedic role in Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1). She is more than apt at this.
Tammy Jean as Mara is simply amazing and manages to really hold the film together. Her performance is one of the finest I’ve seen in an underground horror movie in recent memory. It’s really interesting is just how likable she is when she isn’t killing. She comes off sympathetic and you feel for her. You want things to work out for her and Kat, but deep down you know that it won’t. She can be creepy, but she handles it in a believable way that is not over the top. When the time is right, though, you will fear her in it the same way that you would fear Norman Bates or The Stepfather, as you know that when they snap they are deadly as hell. And when she stabs, bludgeons, or garrotes her victims, you know it has hit the fan.
The rest of the cast is full of other beautiful, indie horror scream queen favorites which will make their fans very happy. Aside from our two leads, we also have Nicola Fiore, Nicolette le Faye, and up and comers like Brandy Noir and Tabitha Ray. And, of course, there is also Ruby LaRocca famous for her countless of indie horror movies, including the many softcore erotica horrors of Seduction Cinema. She wears multiple hats in this production as she acts, as well as co-writing this story and co-directing it (along with Rich Mallery, who also acts in this movie).
Mara’s continuously decomposing sanity (not unlike those of the aforementioned dead bodies) means the movie gets increasingly darker and more unnerving as it proceeds. Allusions to necrophilia abound with a particularly creepy bath scene that is likely to make most viewers very uncomfortable. While quite violent, this movie isn’t super graphic. The worst kill happens in a hotel room, and while not a whole lot is shown you will certainly feel it. It’s clear it aims more for psychological horror.
Admittedly the movie does feel a little rough around the edges but still shows some real directing talent. There are some very cool angles, shots, and camera movement present in it. I just wish that there was a little more suspense, especially during the kills. Though the climax is decidedly well handled. Sexy at times but more often disturbing, it’s when the two interact that the movie elicits its most emotional response in the viewer.
Sociopathia is excellently acted by its two female leads and makes for a solid female serial killer movie. LaRocca and Mallery both show some serious promise as first-time feature film directors in this mix of the sexy and disturbing. Packed to the brim with beautiful scream queens this mix of skin and violence is for fans of the featured actresses, indie horror in general, and those looking for a good horror movie with a solid female presence.
Well acted and features a lot of scream queens from the indie world, both known and upcoming. Disturbing and, even sexy at times, with some nice shots and a good climax.
It feels rough around the edges at times and could benefit from more suspense