Cam (2018)

Daniel Goldhaber directs Madeline Brewer, Patch Darragh and Samantha Robinson in this creepy horror where a cam girl finds her profile hacked by an nasty doppelgänger.

A neat and nasty little rattler that teases it will turn out like the Talk Radio of private shows but then mutates into a Repulsion / Mulholland Dr. descent into madness and identity blurring. As an allegory Cam works really well in manifesting the dehumanising and exploitative realities of online sex work. I assume. The script was written by former cam girl Isa Mazzei. I don’t know whether the often sexless dress-up shows or the glamorous drop-in community studio (what’s the chances of all the top performers living in the same state, let alone the same town?) or the stars’ obsessive All About Eve-esque battles for top rankings play particularly believably. But it is not a world I’m au fait with and it isn’t a thriller particularly grounded in reality. So why quibble? After her strong turn in The Handmaid’s Tale, Madeline Brewer comes into her own as the locked out and wigging out protagonist. It is a cute little calling card one watcher, that promises big things for the future of all involved, but it never threatens its antecedents’ supremacy within the genre.

7

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