“Star Vehicle” follows the downward spiral of movie driver, Donald Cardini, a self-professed movie buff with a penchant for explosive violence when provoked. Driving the stars of low-budget movies, along with their fragile egos, to and from locations in the middle of nowhere, pushes Don’s buttons in all of the wrong directions.
When Luke, the young and self-absorbed writer/director challenges Don’s authority, murder and mayhem ensues. The movie’s Scream Queen starlet, Riversa Red, to her dismay, finds herself the target of Don’s obsession. With his encyclopedic knowledge of her “body” and body of work, Don worms his way onto Riversa’s good side, no easy task. Not knowing whether to fear or friend Don, Riversa finds herself at the center of a cyclone with Luke and Don both vying for her attention.
A mysterious hotel bellboy and an unknown “watcher in the woods” lend themselves to the growing suspense as the cast and crew hold-up at Forest Grove Lodge. After a couple of grueling days into the movie shoot, Don goes berserk, getting himself kicked off of the show. But letting go of Don doesn’t come without a price. When he shows up the next day, 9 mm handgun in tow, the cast and crew are forced to act in Don’s own home movie. Those who make a stand are dealt a deadly hand and those that await their fate wish they never stepped into the “Star Vehicle”. Once the wheels of horror start rolling, there’s no turning back.
Star Vehicle Trailer
FROM THE CRITICS:
“Pick this one up, if you are a fan of independent horror filmmaking. This film stands out from Nicholson’s previous ventures by being self-aware.” 28 Days Later Analysis
“Extremely gory in places and there is an awesome beheading which is incredibly gruesome and gory.” Independent Flicks
“It’s clear that from the outset we’re getting a full-on horror film from Ryan Nicholson. It’s clear we’re getting a little horror movie within a horror movie ala Scream to get our share of boobs, gore and in-jokes.” The Jaded Viewer
“Dan Ellis as Don Cardini brings a horror meets comedic approach to his role that is full of sarcasms, one liners and a certain little engine that could full of piss and vinegar style to the film. In fact his quick tempter and jump into the-violence-without-thinking process is really what makes this film.” HorrorNews.net
“Don (Ellis) is the strongest presence in the film, he’s a straight shooting take no bullshit bastard and his performance reminded me of a bit of Richard Moll when Moll played weirdos in the late-70’s and early-80’s.” McBastard’s Mausoleum
Commentary with Director Ryan Nicholson and Lead Actor Dan Ellis
Left Coast TV presents: ‘On the Set of Star Vehicle’