The beautiful and talented Debbie Rochon is one of the hardest working women in the film industry. In addition to the 240+ credits for Acting she has on her IMDB page, she is also a writer, director, and producer. Her directorial movie debut, MODEL HUNGER, is not perfect, but I still found it entertaining and a lot of fun. I foresee great things for Rochon if she continues on this path.
If you are not familiar with MODEL HUNGER, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Wild Eye Releasing:
Former model and actress Ginny (Lynn Lowry) had been cast aside by the modeling industry when she was a young woman due to her body type – and she didn’t take the rejection well. When new neighbors Debbie and Sal move in, they begin to notice strange things happening, as the list of missing young women begins to grow. What has Ginny been doing in her basement all these years, and can she be stopped?
MODEL HUNGER is shot ok for the most part, although I admit it contains a couple of shaky scenes that are too wobbly for me. I can forgive some shakiness, particularly if it is done to make the scene grittier, however it’s almost distracting here. The rest of the cinematography is pretty good and looks good onscreen overall.
The acting is top notch, with Lynn Lowry giving a very convincing performance as a psychotic cannibal neighbor. I can’t recall if I’ve seen Lowry’s work before, however I can tell you I’m a fan for life now, after seeing her in this role. Joining her is another iconic horror figure, the lovely Tiffany Shepis, who genre fans will recall from many recent film offerings. Shepis also does a great job, and I am curious as to what she will tackle next.
MODEL HUNGER boasts only a few special effects, but they are truly grisly. The gore in this film looks great, and there’s one particularly heinous scene that will scar you for life. I will not give it away, however I will tell you this: Lowry’s character, Ginny, does something to a young Jehovah’s Witness woman that almost made me throw up…and I am a staunch gore-hound!! That’s really saying something.
The story in MODEL HUNGER has a few flaws, and they are probably the biggest detractor for me. The audience is given a few hints as to why Ginny kills and eats young women, however nothing is solidified. I suppose the killing is justified, but we are never told about the cannibalism. Likewise, we never get any backstory about Shepis’ character, nor any reasons why we should invest in her. These aren’t film-killing negatives, but they did force me out of the story for a bit.
Still, I enjoyed MODEL HUNGER, and I recommend giving it a look. If anything, check it out for a reason to lose your lunch when you watch the torture scene I mentioned above. Rochon has a big future ahead of her as a horror director if she can step up her game in the writing department. I am crossing my fingers that she does, because I want to see what she does next. MODEL HUNGER is available now.