When four struggling band members stop at a lonely roadside cafe for a slice of pie they find themselves imprisoned in the deranged cafe owners bizarre art collection and must battle a sinister force with an appetite for souls.
Cast: Honey Lauren, John Salandria, Mark Valeriano, Amber Gaston, Sarah J. Batholomew, Thom Michael Mulligan, Frank Papia
Directors: Terry Ross
Writers: F. Scott Mudgett
Ever heard someone say “take a picture, it’ll last longer”? Well, Sweet Taste of Souls takes that saying very literally. This very campy horror film involves a cafe run by a woman who’s keeping a collection of real people in photo frames around the shop. It’s creepy, a little odd and a paper shredder has never looked sounded so gnarly in a film before.
Four bandmates stop by the little cafe while on a road trip. Inside they meet the woman, Ellinore (Honey Lauren) and ask for pie before they’re on their way. They don’t get far down the road before a fight breaks out between Nate (John Salandria) and Kyle (Mark Valeriano) — supposedly best friends — and their other bandmates, Wendy (Amber Gaston) and Lily (Sarah J. Bartholomew) watch on it disgust. It seems the bickering between Nate and Kyle is a common occurrence. Kyle is an obvious bully, and also the type of ‘friend’ to pee on you while you sleep for a laugh. As their fight is calming down Kyle suddenly disappears, and the three others shortly follow. Where they re-appear is inside a photo frame on the wall of the cafe with an evil looking Ellinore laughing at her latest captures.
Why and how Ellinore is able to capture people and save them inside photos is never really explained. Although you don’t need it to be. It’s a prison no matter how you look at it and, of course, the four bandmates attempt to find a way to escape.
As the film progresses you get more information about Ellinore’s past and the themes at play are some serious ones. She’s a tortured woman, but with an evil abusive husband at the centre of her trauma. For the most past Honey Lauren does a nice job of playing Ellinore as both someone who’s in need of serious help and a homicidal, tortuous killer.