With revenge on her mind and the longing to be free in her heart; Nicole’s past, present and future come to a chaotic collision at a family dinner that will not soon be forgotten.
Nicole struggles to find her way in a world that has always made her feel lonely and isolated. Craving a fresh start and a connection with another human after leaving an abusive husband, she begins to make herself vulnerable again. But this vulnerability comes at a cost. As she learns more about the secrets of those she is close to and facing an impending visit from her family, Nicole is reminded again that she will never be free of the abuse continually inflicted upon her. Unless she fights back. With revenge on her mind and the longing to be free in her heart; Nicole’s past, present and future come to a chaotic collision at a family dinner that will not soon be forgotten.
Horror films are the best.
They are part of the genre that best serves the primal aspects of the human condition. Horror films transcend community and cultures unlike any other genre because fear, anxiety, intensity speak to everyone - these emotional and intense feelings are not specific to any one demographic. I wanted to make a horror film that was different than any you’ve seen before. Something that was both highly relatable, and also offered visualization of our deepest, darkest thoughts.
The lead character needed to be unique in two main ways...one; so many horror movies feature a character that is driven to desperation by money. How many movies have we seen with the character that loses his job and he’s about to be evicted etc... I wanted to have a character that was driven to desperation by something else - loneliness and that need to be loved. These are such primal and universal needs - but we rarely see horror movies where the characters are driven to madness by them. And two; it is far too often that we refer to lead female characters as “strong women” - implying that women are inherently weak. Furthermore, these “strong women” characters are too often stereotypical and defined by a certain type of personality and physique. I wanted a character that was indeed strong, but broke away from these tropes. This is accomplished both in the writing of the character and the actor cast for the part. The story has the elements that make horror movies most appealing; intensity, relatability and surrealism. Intensity through the chaotic situations that the characters find themselves in, relatability by getting to know an identifiable lead character dealing with the types of challenges most of us have faced and surrealism by depicting the type of darkness that most of us have fantasized about at one time or another. And of course humor. The story has an abundance of dark, twisted humor that provides a lot of laughs and shocks along the way. While the horror genre is bustling with terrific films that have provided us with great characters, shocking moments and a lot of scares - a story like Nicole, her Ex & the Killer is missing.