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‘The seeds of fear are everywhere’
Pollen is a 2023 American psychological horror film about a young woman who is assaulted and disturbed by visions of a tree monster.
Written and directed by D.W. Medoff, making his feature film directorial debut (shorts: Visitants; Yahrzeit; AWOL; I’m Down Here; Utley).Produced by Stephen Beehler and Shannon Morrall.
The RoleCall-Bone Broth Films co-production stars Ava Rose Kinard, Tyler Buckingham, Leanna Adams, Ashley Ames, Sajid Chaudhary, Ian Covell, Riley Madison Fuller and Bennett Welch.
After a senior coworker assaults a bright-eyed young woman, her dream job becomes a living nightmare as she tries to keep her career together while being tormented at work, at home, and in her dreams by a mysterious tree monster…
“While Pollen excels in many aspects, it is not without its flaws. The film’s ending, in particular, feels somewhat underwhelming. After building tension and suspense throughout its runtime, the resolution falls short of the viewer’s expectations. While it leaves room for interpretation, it also leaves a sense of dissatisfaction, as if the story’s potential was not fully realized.” Caillou Pettis Movie Reviews
“Maybe the story would have sounded great on paper, but due to a horrible execution, the desired result never comes out in the end. Pollen is absurd at times, for lack of a better word, and it is never able to make a viewer invested in its narrative. The issues the film tries to raise are very serious in nature, and we would have liked it if the execution was also strong enough…” DMT
“The longer Pollen goes on the sooner you kind of wish you hadn’t started but you do get to the point where you’ll want to watch it right to the end, and believe me it’s worth it just to see the chauvinist get his comeuppance. I found Pollen to be a film worth a watch to trigger some anger and it may make you think twice about how you interact with others in the future…” 2 out of 5, Which Film
Cast and characters:
Ava Rose Kinard … Hera
Tyler Buckingham … Zach
Leanna Adams … Lori
Ashley Ames … Demi
Sajid Chaudhary … Geno
Ian Covell … Gabe
Riley Madison Fuller … Corey
Bennett Welch … Vicky
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