Movie Review – The Id (2016)

The Id
Directed by Thommy Hutson
Courtesy of Hutson Ranch Media & Panic Ventures
Release Date: October 25, 2016

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I’m not sure why, but back in my college days I was a Psychology major for a while. I guess I thought if I could understand the average person’s mentality, then maybe I could understand a little more about life. Interestingly, my major and my theory never panned out. But I did take enough introductory Psych to discover the Ego, the Superego, and the Id. We glossed over each term in a couple of sessions, and I left with a basic knowledge of each.

For those that are not familiar with the terms, the Id is the basic, impulsive, instinctive part of our brains; it handles base desires, such as the sex drive (the need to reproduce, or continue the species), and the pleasure principle, which states every want should be satisfied immediately. The Ego develops as we age, and it acts as a mediator between the unrealistic Id and the real world. The Superego integrates the morality and values we learn at a young age, and basically controls the Id’s impulses.

Thus, when I first got the press release for THE ID, I was very intrigued. A situation where a woman is dealing with her overbearing father is tense enough, but when a concept like the Id is thrown in the mix…I knew this was going to be a Must See film. And I’m happy to say, I was not disappointed in the least. THE ID is a clever, tension-filled horror-thriller that entertains on several levels.

If you are not familiar with THE ID, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Hutson Ranch Media and Panic Ventures:

For decades, Meridith Lane (Amanda Wyss, A Nightmare on Elm Street) has felt trapped in her home. Thriving on memories of youth, she watches the years slip by while caring for her abusive father…until a figure from her past makes a surprising return. In order to live the life she desires, Meridith must confront her father’s monstrous cruelty and attempt to escape his tyrannical grip. But the man who controls her every move won’t let go without a fight, leading father and daughter into a series of desperate and irreversible acts.

I have to tell you: there are parts of this film that made me squirm. The first half of the movie shows the abuse Meridith endures at the hands of her father. The second half, however, ratchets up the tension and turns the film into a wonderfully intense and uncomfortable thriller.

THE ID is shot fairly well and looks good onscreen. I didn’t like a couple of the shaky camera shots, as they came off TOO shaky. But otherwise, the film looks good as a whole.

The acting is very good, with Amanda Wyss giving an excellent performance as Meridith. I haven’t seen Wyss onscreen in a while, however I know she’s been continuously working over the past few decades. She is joined by Patrick Peduto, who plays Meridith’s father. Peduto has only been working for a few years (per his IMDB page), but he does a great job here. The onscreen chemistry between the two is believable, and I had no problem seeing them as father and daughter.

The story in THE ID is fresh and intriguing. I love how the plot unravels, and there are a couple of nice turns that sent things in a direction I wasn’t expecting (I won’t use the word “twists” because there are no “A ha!” moments here). I am very impressed with the script and the direction here, as this film could have been a bomb were it made any differently. But as it is, it is a top-notch thriller that grabs you from the beginning and never lets go.

THE ID is a big win for me, and I highly recommend it. It’s crammed full of suspense, so be ready to nibble your fingernails a bit. The film is available now.

Special Features include:

• Featurette: Needs, Wants & Desires: Behind The Scenes of The Id
• Audio Commentary with Director/Producer Thommy Hutson and Actress Amanda Wyss
• Deleted & Alternate Scenes
• Behind-the-Scenes Footage
• Audition Clips
• Photo gallery
• Trailers

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