I assume this is a very American tradition, but here, in Europe, it is something pretty hard to both believe and understand. I am talking about those college fraternities and sororities, and the crazy tests the newcomers have to pass if they want to be accepted. Things that are far from pranks, which are sometimes far from the limits of legality, morality and common sense. And I have to say all these is my opinion from what I have seen in the movies because as a European those acceptance rituals are something I can’t even imagine in my head. But seems like in this a cruel world those inimaginable events actually happen. And that is what the movie Pledge (2018) is about.
In Pledge (2018), a group of college freshmen pledge an exclusive fraternity but soon realize there’s more at stake than they could have ever imagined. Campus parties, beautiful women in big high-class mansions, sadistic fraternity members, lots of crazy pledging and the three kids risking their lives beyond the imaginable. Daniel Robbins, director of the horror creature Uncaged (2016), writes and directs the movie with his frequent collaborator Zack Weiner also contributing in the screenplay.
The trio of freshmen protagonizing this black humor and shockingly violent horror thriller is formed by actors Zachery Byrd, Phillip Andre Botello, and the co-writer Zack Weiner. With them, Aaron Dalla Villa, Erica Boozer, Cameron Cowperthwaite, Jesse Pimentel, Jean-Louis Droulers, Joe Gallagher, and Melanie Rothman also star.
Pledge (2018) has seen in festivals like Fantasia Film Festival in Canada, and MOTELX – Lisbon International Horror Film Festival in Portugal, where they achieved pretty good reviews. It will get a release in limited theaters and on VoD platforms January 11, 2019. And here you can watch the trailer:
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