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'Proxy' Blu-ray Review

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Proxy is defined as: authorized capacity of substitute: the function or power of somebody authorized to act for another person.

Esther Woodhouse (Alexia Rasmussen) is in her last month of pregnancy. She should be happy but she is instead sullen and distant. While walking to catch the bus she and her unborn child are attacked. Beaten savagely in the abdomen, she lives but her child does not. She is alone. Going through the motions she attends a grief support meeting. There she meets Melanie Michaels (Alexa Havins). The two women begin an awkward bonding, but things are not what they seem.

'Proxy' is a film about desperate need. It is a slice of psychological horror that evokes feelings of both frustration and pity for the women involved. Craving attention at all costs these women should be put out of there misery before there overwhelming need siphons the life out of all around them, literally. Director and writer Zack Parker does a good job at delivering unsettling moments. The viewer will find shades of Lynch and De Palma in the film making while shadows of other better films aka 'Inside' and 'Bound' lurk familiarly just out of frame. There is a true love of suspense thread through out 'Proxy' and look no further than the Woodhouse name to know Mr. Parker's respect for the macabre.

IFC's Blu-ray treatment of this film is wonderful. The1080p original aspect ratio: 2.39:1 image is well done and the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/Dolby Digital 2.0 is as well. Bonus features include behind the scenes footage, featurettes, extended interviews, and trailers.

The life of a female on this earth is perplexing indeed. The mind of a female on this earth is sometimes the stuff of nightmares. 'Proxy' dares to scratch the emotionally sticky surface that helped that spider catch that fly.