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Infestation – SXSW 2022: Deadstream

Deadstream Movie Review


Deadstream is a new comedy-horror from husband and wife team Joseph and Vanessa Winter. Joseph plays Shawn Ruddy, a disgraced influencer and vlogger who seeks to get back in the good graces of his fans by making his wildest video yet. His show is all about him putting himself into situations that terrify him and this, for him, is the topper. He’s absolutely panicked at the idea of encountering a ghost. This is why, of course, he goes out by himself in the dead of night to an infamous abandoned house in the woods that supposedly is haunted by multiple entities. As he talks and sometimes responds to his live audience, he goes around the place, setting up the cameras in each room and revealing the stories about the manse. Little does he know that this might very well be his last stream when he comes up against a spirit that is an influencer herself, in a way. Wright and Chris were absolutely smitten with this absurd found-footage-adjacent film. Check out their review.


DIRECTED BY: Joseph Winter and Vanessa Winter

STARRING: Joseph Winter, Melanie Stone, Jason K. Wixom, Pat Barnett, Marty Collins, Perla Lacayo, Cylia Austin-Lacayo, Hayden Gariety, Ariel Lee, Jaxon Harker, Jeremy Warner, Brenden Bytheway, Doug May, Ruby York, Gabe Casdorph, Brad Warwood, Tiffany Bori, Jared Cook, Casey Warren, Aleksander Lacayo, Vanessa Winter, Alejandro Araos, Alejandro Hernandez Mendoza, Duvahn Lacayo, Agapenanicher Meither, Jonah Cook




Photo on 2011-10-02 at 13.02Christopher Lawrence Cox (Founder, Da Boss)

Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas in 1992 where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal” turned into a full-time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this community of critics. While Brian eventually followed his heart to a new family, Chris continues on with a cast of colorful folks from all over the country (and a few others). You can also check out Chris in his videocast, along with Martin Thomas and Danni Danger, that One Of Us does with our friends at Bell of Lost Souls: Crossover Event. He also regularly guests on the video game website Rage Select. Follow Chris on Twitter and Facebook and check out his Amazon Wish List.



” width=Wright Sulek (Screener Squad, Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Trash in the Can, Audio Editor)

Wright hails from the northern suburbs of Dallas, Texas. His passion for filmmaking brought him to Austin to study and make movies. Since then he’s had his hand in acting, writing, and directing his own short films with numerous like-minded film geeks he’s met along his journey. His newest interest has brought him into the podcasting world. He co-hosted a few different movie related podcasts such as ‘And Now This’ and ‘The Match Cut’. He currently co-hosts with longtime friend, Eric Samaniego, where they talk shop about the grimiest, trashiest, lost gems of movies on their show, ‘Trash in the Can’. Wright also guests and hosts reviews on Screener Squad and Highly Suspect Reviews as well as co-hosts Digital Noise with Chris Cox.



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