A gruesome coming of age story about a vintner son's disobedience and desire to care for his ailing mother.
Starring: Michael Lorz, Sean Weil, Anthony del Negro, Nancy Nagrant, and Pooya Mohensi
Directed and written by: David E. Munz-Maire
Nothing like going out for a nice drive in the country, and stopping at a vineyard. Get out, take a look around, and taste some wine. Sounds like such a good plan, what could go wrong? Well, if you stop at a vineyard like the one in “Chateau Sauvignon: terroir,” a whole lot could go wrong for you!
This short horror film has many things going for it starting with the location and atmosphere. A vineyard isn’t the typical setting for a horror film, nor does it sound all that scary, but this one is. There’s a creepy feel to the film right from the start, as it takes the audience behind the scenes of the Chateau. It’s dark, too quiet, and then there’s the strange tension between father and son.
Speaking of strange, that definitely describes the son. He seems a little slow and moves at his own pace, especially with the way his father treats him. However, he proves that he’s willing to do what’s needed for the family. Michael Lorz does a great job portraying the son’s odd behavior, and flipping it just enough when his character has to host visitors.
The nice slow build of the film leads to a horrific ending. There’s a nice quick death, and one that’s much more bloody. The story wraps up neatly with some much needed family bonding. From the location and creepy atmosphere to the good acting and bloody ending, it’s easy to see why “Chateau Sauvignon: terroir” has won so many awards. With that, I give it 3 pools of blood, and a glass of wine!