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DASHCAM – TIFF21

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DASHCAM – TIFF21

Synopsis:
It is based on a musician who exaggerates her own polarizing online persona and depressed by her pandemic lifestyle in Los Angeles, she breaks quarantine for London, England, and the hospitality of a former band mate.
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A freestyling musician's Livestream takes an unexpected turn in . is the host of BandCar, the internet's number one improvised music show in a moving vehicle, where she streams her freestyle raps from her car, all while laughing off the COVID-19 pandemic. On a trip to England, Annie steals the phone and car of her friend Stretch and accepts a meal-delivery order that leads her to a seemingly closed restaurant. It is there Annie is asked by the restaurant owner to esc0rt a sickly old woman named Angela to some friends nearby, which kickstarts one Hell of a crazy and blood-soaked night.

DASHCAM is the follow-up to co-writer and director Rob Savage's surprise COVID-19-era found footage horror hit HOST. Once again Savage presents the story a single Livestream, except now with a larger budget and the backing of Blumhouse Productions. The film stars Annie Hardy, a real LA-based freestyle rapper, as a fictionalized version of herself, who exemplifies the worst aspects of MAGA America. A seemingly simple task while on a trip to England leads to Annie having run for her life from a demonic presence, all while her puzzled audience watches and comments on the screen.

DASHCAM is almost what you would get if you took the freestyle-rapping dark comedy of Bodied and threw it in a blender with HOSTThe Blair Witch Project, and The Evil Dead. Running at a hyperkinetic pace for its brief 77-minute runtime, DASHCAM is probably one of the most insane found-footage experiences, which will probably stand out as one of the best films of this subgenre. Just be warned there is plenty of shakycam and bodily fluids on screen, for those who are prone to nausea.

DASHCAM is screening as part of the Midnight Madness at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival


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Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly is a freelance film critic and blogger based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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