I have been waiting a while to see Danielle Harris‘ directional debut, Among Friends. Among Friends was written by Alyssa Lobit and directed by the lovely Danielle Harris. It stars Jennifer Blanc, AJ Bowen, Christopher Backus, Brianne Davis, Kamala Jones, Alyssa Lobit and Chris Meyer.
A group of friends get together for a murder mystery party, but things take a dark turn when one hijacks the evening and is out for blood.
I was so excited to see the debut of Danielle Harris as a director, but I must say, Among Friends was kind of a let down. In my opinion, it had nothing to do with Danielle‘s directing ability, but the script that ruined this film for me.
The plot of Among Friends held a lot of promise, but was not carried out to its full potential. There were many holes in the plot and a lot of “what the fuck” moments. With this film being a dark comedy, every cliche stereotypical character from traditional horror films were made fun of, and that is all well and good but the best part/character of the whole film was Kane Hodder’s cameo as the perverted limo driver. I loved that we got to see Kane’s funny side when he spoke to the passengers of the limo, and none of his lines were scripted, it was all him.
To be completely fair, Among Friends was conceptually great. Everyone wants to call their friends out on their bullshit and we would all like to know what people do and say about you behind closed doors. This film to me was a bit of a fucked up dinner party with elements of Saw thrown in. The ending was a total let down and completely confusing.
I love Danielle and I hope she continues to direct, but Among Friends was not a very good film in my opinion. I give Among Friends a 5 out of 10 for a decent plot concept and a good cast, but the plot did not tie together well at all.
The Among Friends trailer: