Sun Choke

2015, Mystery & thriller, 1h 23m

25 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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Forced to endure a bizarre health regimen by her caretaker (Barbara Crampton), a recovering mental patient (Sarah Hagan) becomes obsessed with a young woman (Sara Malakul Lane) to whom she feels an inexplicable connection.

Cast & Crew

Joe Nieves
Officer Olson
Jim Boeven
Janie's Dad
Ben Cresciman
Screenwriter
Leigh Jones
Executive Producer
Ian Keiser
Executive Producer
Mathew Rudenberg
Cinematographer
Jason Jones
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Andreis Costa
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Critic Reviews for Sun Choke

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (3)

  • Come for the abidingly mysterious plot, stay for Hagan's bewitching performance.

    August 5, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The film doesn't always work as a genre exercise, but it's a winner as a character study, in large part because of how committed Hagan is to playing Janie's derangement. Casting directors in search of the offbeat should take note.

    August 3, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Sun Choke is, in keeping with a protagonist who comes in more than one 'version', a disorienting, dissociative affair, reminiscent in parts of Yorgos Lanthimos' Dogtooth (2009) - and all beautiful, tense, hallucinatory and deeply disturbing.

    August 26, 2015 | Full Review…
  • A psychological horror and surreal character study of co-dependency. Cresciman straddles a line where you may never know exactly what's real and what's not, even at the end.

    May 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • There's a lot to unpack and it offers no easy answers, but its challenges are deeply rewarding.

    November 2, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It goes without saying that this wouldn't be a horror film without violence and nudity, which there is quite a lot of, yet ultimately, all things add up to the creation of one evocative, trippy film that is sure to run chills down your spine.

    August 6, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Come for the abidingly mysterious plot, stay for Hagan's bewitching performance.

    August 5, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The film doesn't always work as a genre exercise, but it's a winner as a character study, in large part because of how committed Hagan is to playing Janie's derangement. Casting directors in search of the offbeat should take note.

    August 3, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Sun Choke is, in keeping with a protagonist who comes in more than one 'version', a disorienting, dissociative affair, reminiscent in parts of Yorgos Lanthimos' Dogtooth (2009) - and all beautiful, tense, hallucinatory and deeply disturbing.

    August 26, 2015 | Full Review…
  • A psychological horror and surreal character study of co-dependency. Cresciman straddles a line where you may never know exactly what's real and what's not, even at the end.

    May 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • There's a lot to unpack and it offers no easy answers, but its challenges are deeply rewarding.

    November 2, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It goes without saying that this wouldn't be a horror film without violence and nudity, which there is quite a lot of, yet ultimately, all things add up to the creation of one evocative, trippy film that is sure to run chills down your spine.

    August 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sun Choke

  • Aug 01, 2016
    After viewing last year's documentary "Holy Hell", the Californian haze of cult-based mind control has lingered in the back of my mind. "Sun Choke" keeps a similar deeply unsettling, psychedelic tone. For fans of Panos Cosmatos' "Beyond the Black Rainbow" and 80's horror nostalgia, "Sun Choke" will offer some creepy vibes, some stilted acting, and some classic exploitation. I think I'm looking forward to more films like this, but I would prefer better acting and story. However, considering that it is on Netflix at the moment, it would make a welcome addition to your watch queue.
    K Nife C Super Reviewer

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