Madness in the Method is the directorial Debut from Jason Mewes (Clerks, Mallrats, Jay & Silent Bob Reboot) who also stars in the film as an exagerated, ‘alternate universe’ version of himself. The film was produced by Dominic Burns (Allies) who also wrote the script (with Chris Anastasi) with Jason in mind.
Legendary stoner actor Jason Mewes is tired of Hollywood’s perception of him. So upon advice from his best friend Kevin Smith, Jason seeks out a highly secretive, powerful method-acting book, determined to reinvent himself as a serious actor and take revenge upon those who have kept him on the margins. Hollywood better get ready… Jason Mewes is about to show you his dark side!
Not to be confused with the TV series of the same name; Reaper is the 2014 thriller/horror from director Philip Shih and writers Mark James/James Jurdi. The film features a strong cast including Danny Trejo (Machete Kills), Vinnie Jones (Snatch), Shayla Beesley (Sex and the USA), Jake Busey (From Dusk Till Dawn – TV Series), Christopher Judge (Stargate) and James Jurdi (Pocket Listing).
The story plays out initially like a typical road horror movie in the tradition of The Hills Have Eyes & The Hitcher. Hitch-hiker Natalie (Beesley) gets a ride with happy-go-lucky travelling salesman Bill (Busey). When Bill crosses the line Natalie turns the tables on him and we learn there is much more than meets the eye to this girl. This leads her to run into drug runner Brad (Jurdi) who is carrying out a pick-up for tough criminal boss Rob (Jones). Later on the pair meet Jack (Trejo) at the suitably named ‘Last Chance Hotel’ and the story turns somewhat sinister. The twists in this tale remind me a lot of Tarrentino’s writing for From Dusk Till Dawn.