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Flytrap Film Details: Stephen David Brooks FlyTrap

Director: Stephen David Brooks
Writer: Stephen David Brooks
Release Date: August 23rd, 2016
Release Format: VOD
MPAA Rating: N/A
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Running Time: 1h 21min
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FLYTRAP mixes sci-fi with dark humor to tell the st

ory of a reserved English Astronomer who becomes ensnared by the mysterious Mary Ann and her creepy and dangerous comrades. Held hostage in a twisted version of suburban San Fernando Valley, the Astronomer slowly uncovers the reason for his capture and the miserable fate that awaits him-and humanity-unless he acts.


Stephen David Brooks captures the viewer’s attention from the opening frame. This statement is a pun, of course, and to understand it one must view this gem of a motion picture. A voice-over monologue serves as a self-introductory for the protagonist James Pond.  Actor Jeremy Crutchley portrays this mild-mannered character . 

From this point onward Flytrap is expressed as a chronological testimony. The events surrounding James Pond is an uncanny account of a creative narrative. Stephen David Brooks Flytrap

Flytrap is a film never before communicated. The film presents an innovative approach to the genre with engaging storytelling. Elements of Horror, Thriller, and Sci-Fi entwine with sexual and sadomasochistic undertones. Humor, with its dark approach, also has a prominent place in the film.

Stephen David Brooks crafts a stellar production. From visuals and conceptual interpretation, FlyTrap delivers the hallmark of genre prominence. The above acclamation is not the opinion of one film critic. Flytrap received critical acclaim in the film festival circuit. In fact, below is a partial list of the prestigious awards garnered. Stephen David Brooks Flytrap

Chelsea Film Festival 2015

Best Film
Stephen David Brooks
My Man Productions

Special Jury Prize
Stephen David Brooks
My Man Productions

ECU European Independent Film Festival 2015

Best Non-European Dramatic Feature
Stephen David Brooks
My Man Productions

IndieFEST Film Awards 2016

Feature Film
Stephen David Brooks
My Man Productions

International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema, London 2016

Best Actor in Leading Role
Jeremy Crutchley
My Man Productions

Best Lead Actress
Ina-Alice Kopp
My Man Productions

International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema, Nice 2016

Best Director
Stephen David Brooks
My Man Productions

Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards 2016

Best Ensemble Cast

Best Supporting Actor
Jonah Blechman
My Man Productions

Maverick Movie Awards 2015
Best Music: Feature
Simon Boswell
The Tearaways

WorldFest Houston 2015
Best Low Budget Film (Under $100,000)
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The attractiveness to the film Flytrap resides within the narrative. It is evident great care went into crafting this memorable cast of characters. The name of each role pays as a clever homage to nostalgic film and television.

Odds become stacked against the protagonist with frequency. These problems are itself postured with a layered effect. The delivery is constant and draws intrigue. Audiences will appreciate the lingering tension. Watching the mild-mannered protagonist trying to escape ill circumstance is the central story.

The employment of creative visual photography enhances the viewing experience. Throughout the course of the film, audiences can expect to witness quality scene design. Take, for example, an instance between Jeremy Crutchley’s James and Ina-Alice Kopp’s Mary Ann. Lighting accentuates Mary Ann’s beauty in an execution that mimics a seventies aesthetic.

The cast did phenomenal work with infusing life to the slate of quirky characters. Of course, some characters were void of emotional content. Venturing into detail would spoil the film. As audiences will see, this is the intended approach to the storyline.  To achieve such a performance is commendable. Stephen David Brooks Flytrap


There were certain scenes that the exchange in dialogue and character interaction felt generic. In the onset, the awkwardness between James and Mary Ann is unconvincing in approach. Some instances have dialogue and character interaction with no chemistry.

The conflict and resulting structure for the film is rife with clichés and convenience. Much as James indicates to Mary Ann some scenes within FlyTrap is a bit too “direct” in approach. The desire to place a course of events seems structured rather than self-flowing.

In conclusion:

Stephen David Brooks excels with his intriguing film; FlyTrap. Audiences will become ensnared in a strong narrative. The production is a craft of creative aesthetics and narration.

Rating Score: 0-10 Avoid | 11-20 Mediocre | 21-30 Good | 31-40 Average | 41-50 Satisfactory | 51-60 Stunning | 61-70 Terrific | 71-80 Must See | 81-90 Amazing | 91-100 Impressive
90 %
80 %
Originality / Redefining
90 %
95 %
Practical Effects
5 %
Scare Factor
5 %
Special Effects
5 %
Viewing Experience
90 %
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Ken Artuz is Co-Owner of Meca Ex Studios LLC. Artuz is a New York City Based Photographer with proficiency in Photoshop. His digital artwork was featured in exhibitions SOHO, NYC, twice. Artuz is a graduate of The Institute of Audio Research where he earned his degree in Audio Engineering and Record Production. He also earned certification in Television Production and Field Recording at Lehman College. For Horror Artuz Favors French Extremism and Indie productions. He is a novelist, and screenwriter listens to EBM, Industrial & Witch house and is an avid MMA sports fan. Ken Artuz will create a media empire built on the DecayMag Brand.


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