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Bellflower (2011)

  • Rate: 6.2/10 total 2,933 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 21 March 2012 (France)
  • Runtime: USA:106 min
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Bellflower (2011)


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  • IMDb page: Bellflower (2011)
  • Rate: 6.2/10 total 2,933 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 21 March 2012 (France)
  • Runtime: USA:106 min
  • Filming Location: Oxnard, California, USA
  • Budget: $17,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $167,242(USA)(6 November 2011)
  • Director: Evan Glodell
  • Stars: Evan Glodell, Tyler Dawson and Jessie Wiseman
  • Original Music By: Jonathan Keevil   
  • Soundtrack: My Superman
  • Sound Mix: Dolby (Dolby 5.1)
  • Plot Keyword: Medusa | Apocalypse | Infidelity | Bellflower | Forced Tattoo

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Evan Glodell  written by

Known Trivia

  • The ‘Medusa’ car shot flames 40 feet into the air and on a key scene accidentally scorched the power lines above and the car itself caught fire.
  • Shot on hand-made, one of a kind cameras built around a prototype Silicon Imaging SI-2K mini.
  • No functionality of the Medusa car was faked during filming. The real life the car is equipped with two flamethrowers, smoke screen, a bleach drift-kit, adjustable rear suspension, and 3 surveillance cameras; all controlled from the dashboard. It also has a roll cage and stow-able, fold-down back seat.
  • Director Evan Glodell built his first flamethrower at the age of 12. It was prone to malfunction and only had a 6 foot range.
  • Evan Glodell and Tyler Dawson, now old friends, originally met in 2003 after Evan saw him in a small play and cast him as the role of Aiden. The early version of the film was to be shot on a camcorder, mostly inside Evan’s small apartment. Five years later, after an attempt to make Bellflower and working on many other projects (and at one point becoming roommates), they finally returned to the original purpose of their meeting when the current version of Bellflower went into production in 2008.
  • Evan Glodell and Jessie Wiseman actually had to eat several live crickets during a scene where their characters meet while competing in a cricket eating contest.
  • The song Vincent Grashaw is humming on the porch to Rebekah Brandes is “Get Back In The Game” by The Janks.

Goofs: Crew or equipment visible: At the end of the birthday party, as Courtney sits next to Mike on the steps you can see the microphone power supply/transmitter and a red LED on it through her blouse on her back.

Plot: Two friends spend all their free time building flame-throwers and weapons of mass destruction in hopes that a global apocalypse will occur and clear the runway for their imaginary gang "Mother Medusa". Full summary » |  »

Story: Bellflower follows two friends as they venture out into the world to begin their adult lives. Literally all their free time is spent building flame-throwers and weapons of mass destruction in hopes that a global apocalypse will occur and clear the runway for their imaginary gang "Mother Medusa". While waiting for the world to end, their call to excitement comes unexpectedly when one of them meets a charismatic young woman and falls hard in love. Quickly integrated into a new group of friends, they set off on a journey of betrayal, love, hate, infidelity and extreme violence more devastating and fiery than any of their apocalyptic fantasies. Often life's simplest and most obvious truths are the hardest to see, but once you've burned everything to the ground it may be the only thing left standing.Written by Coatwolf Productions  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Paul Edwardson known as co-producer
  • Brian Thomas Evans known as executive producer
  • Luis Flores Jr. known as associate producer
  • Evan Glodell known as producer
  • Vincent Grashaw known as producer
  • Joel Hodge known as co-producer
  • Jet Kauffman known as co-producer
  • Jonathan Keevil known as co-producer
  • Josh Kelling known as executive producer
  • Lenny Powell known as co-producer
  • Ari Presler known as associate producer
  • Chelsea St. John known as co-producer
  • Efraim Wyeth known as associate producer
  • Byron Yee known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Evan Glodell known as Woodrow
  • Jessie Wiseman known as Milly
  • Tyler Dawson known as Aiden
  • Rebekah Brandes known as Courtney
  • Vincent Grashaw known as Mike
  • Zack Kraus known as Elliot
  • Keghan Hurst known as Sarah
  • Alexandra Boylan known as Mad Dog's Waitress
  • Bradshaw Pruitt known as Mad Dog's Bartender
  • Brian Thomas Evans known as Dirty Trucker
  • Britta Jacobellis known as Neighbor With Dogs
  • Ceaser Flores known as Scary Man at Party
  • Chris Snyder known as Tattoo Guy
  • Dan Dulle known as Motorcycle Owner
  • Jon Huck known as Himself
  • Jet Kauffman known as Feisty Girl
  • Josh Kelling known as Fancy Waiter
  • Ken Bailey known as Homicide Detective
  • Mark Nihem known as Liquor Store Clerk
  • Joel Hodge known as Man Peeing in Bathroom



Supporting Department

Art Department:
  • Joel Hodge known as artist: Medusa book drawings
  • Aaron 'The Dark Overlord' Smith known as fine art canvas paintings (as Aaron Smith)




Production Companies:

  • Coatwolf Productions

Other Companies:

  • Motion Sound & Picture  sound post-production
  • Alpha Cine Laboratory  digital to film transfer (as Aloha Cine Labs, Seattle)
  • HMS Performance  car high performance tuning: Medusa car
  • Lotus Post  sound studio
  • Silicon Imaging  cameras
  • Tunnel Post  digital intermediate


  • Oscilloscope Pictures (2011) (USA) (all media) (English speaking territories)
  • UFO Distribution (2012) (France) (theatrical)
  • Kurmaca Film (2012) (Turkey) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Coatwolf Systems (optical systems)

Visual Effects by:

  • Wyatt Glodell known as visual effects artist

Release Date:

  • USA 21 January 2011 (Sundance Film Festival)
  • USA 12 March 2011 (South by Southwest Film Festival)
  • USA 29 March 2011 (Wisconsin Film Festival)
  • USA 9 April 2011 (Philadelphia CineFest)
  • USA 9 April 2011 (RiverRun International Film Festival)
  • USA 10 April 2011 (ActionFest)
  • Canada 16 April 2011 (Calgary Underground Film Festival)
  • USA 16 April 2011 (Nashville Film Festival)
  • USA 23 April 2011 (Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival)
  • USA 26 April 2011 (Ivy Film Festival)
  • USA 30 April 2011 (Independent Film Festival of Boston)
  • USA 1 June 2011 (Seattle International Film Festival)
  • Ireland 9 July 2011 (Galway Film Fleadh)
  • Canada 22 July 2011 (Fantasia International Film Festival)
  • USA 29 July 2011 (Traverse City Film Festival)
  • USA 5 August 2011 (limited)
  • USA 18 August 2011 (Tallgrass Film Festival)
  • Czech Republic 26 August 2011 (Fresh Film Fest)
  • Brazil 1 September 2011 (Indie Film Festival of Brazil)
  • Russia 11 September 2011 (Vladivostok International Film Festival)
  • France 12 September 2011 (Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival)
  • Sweden 20 September 2011 (Lund International Fantastic Film Festival)
  • Greece 22 September 2011 (Athens Film Festival)
  • Canada 23 September 2011 (Atlantic Film Festival)
  • Canada 30 September 2011 (Toronto)
  • Russia 6 October 2011 (Amfest 11 American Film Festival)
  • Spain 6 October 2011 (Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival)
  • USA 8 October 2011 (Ellensburg Film Festival)
  • South Korea 10 October 2011 (Pusan International Film Festival)
  • Ireland 21 October 2011 (Darklight Film Festival)
  • USA 22 October 2011 (Eastern Oregon Film Festival)
  • USA 9 November 2011 (Little Rock Film Festival)
  • UK 11 November 2011 (UK Premiere) (Leeds International Film Festival)
  • Germany 17 November 2011 (Exground Film Festival)
  • France 27 November 2011 (Paris International Fantastic Film Festival)
  • France 15 December 2011 (Les Arcs International Film Festival)
  • Luxembourg 1 March 2012 (Luxembourg City Film Festival)
  • France 21 March 2012

MPAA: Rated R for disturbing violence, some strong sexuality, nudity, pervasive language and some drug use



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. Rockwell_Cronenberg from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 3:02 pm

    Bellflower is an interesting film because even in it's flaws it kind ofspeaks to the kind of film that it is. Unfortunately for me though,that doesn't mean crap when the flaws are so blatant and intrusive. Thefilm starts off interestingly, a really in-your-face turn back theclock montage that takes us to the beginning of our characters, twowild twenty-something youths who spend their free time (which it seemsis all they have for some untold reason) preparing for their Mad Maxvision of the end of the world. In their mind it's perfectly normal tospend their time building flamethrowers and tricking out muscle cars,which is so dumb and idiotic and an absolute perfect depiction of menat this time in their life.

    The first hour takes a relatively standard approach to following theseguys, but despite some pretty awful amateur performances and awkwardlyobvious pieces of dialogue, it had a certain charm for me.Writer/director/star Evan Glodell gives an aesthetic feeling that wasoff-putting at first — the focus falls off every so often, flecks offdirt come up into the lens — once I settled into it I really began toembrace the tone he was going for. However once the film started toreally get a rhythm going it decided to awkwardly jump forward a periodof time (you can tell because the main character has a beard now!) itreally caves in on itself.

    It was going along smoothly but then decided to move the plot forwardinto more serious territory and then none of it worked anymore. Thosebad performances became worse as the scenes progressed further andfurther into laughably horrendous melodrama with some of the mostobvious and artificial character progressions and dialogue stretchesI've seen. The film spirals down and down until it gets to it's lasttwo chunks where I was just hoping they would clip the wings off andstop tarnishing the promise it once showed. There's a disastrousfifteen-minute sequence that felt absolutely worthless even before wefind out that it actually is worthless, followed by the final act whichjust nonsensically rambles on for what seems like an eternity.

    Ultimately, it felt like this was a premise that would have workedgreat as a short feature, but in stretching it out to somethingfull-length Glodell really destroyed everything he had going for him.Still, despite ultimately being a failure, I think Glodell shows somepromise here as a filmmaker and I'll be curious to see what he doesnext.

  2. Chase Katz from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 3:02 pm

    I have to be honest here, I am barely ever compelled to come on the weband write a review for a movie with a negative thrust. For one thing, Iwatch all types of films, even the so-called no budget or low budgetfilms that other people will stay clear from. In fact, just this year,I have seen all the Sundance NEXT films, some at the Sundance premierein January, and some, like BELLFLOWER, only recently. I feel the needto clear that first, so that I'm not accused of a negative bias forultra small films.

    I had heard the buzz of BELLFLOWER at Sundance, and I missed it, and mytrip to SXSW was too brief to catch, so, I waited patiently for thetheatrical. Up until then, I had read many things about the movie,plenty of positive reviews, and was pretty enthralled by the trailer. Ishould have been a little more cautious on the get go, seeing that eventhe trailer was a little fishy. You know, it was extremely light onsubstance, but full of those great pull quotes from the likes of PeterTravers, the king of whoring a few positive lines for maximum effect.And, of course, the reviews themselves were mostly copies of oneanother, with a great chunk of prose spent on context based stuff like,"the film cost 17,000", or "they made there own camera's", and even,"he wrote about his own break-up". This stuff is mostly aboutjustification and the press angle, so, I'm not going fault the work onthat.

    But, lets get to the actual film itself, and how this particular filmoutright compelled me to come on the web and give my two cents.Basically, the film is in essence, a break up movie. The lead characterWoodrow, played here by the director himself is a typical "disaffected"young man, who, along with his best friend spends his days drinking,smoking and with the country boy craftsmanship of building "cool"stuff. They are seen spending time blowing stuff up at the beginning.Soon, they go out to what I assume is a dive bar, and low and behold, acricket eating contest (in LA mind you), when we meet our lead female,the narrative conflict of the movie. We see Woodrow and soon to be ladyfriend Milly engage in eating crickets in slow mo, while a "cool" musictrack plays in the background. This is the essence of the movie. Thesebits of music video montage scenes are in my mind, the only respectablealbeit very thin moments of the film, especially the final moments.They come and go in-between some of the most banal, and base scenes Ihave seen in years.

    After this, Woodrow picks up Milly for a first date, and she proposesthey go and eat at the most disgusting restaurant around, and guesswhat, Woodrow has a suggestion, but its located in Texas. So, whathappens next, shoot, they go to Texas. The film carries on in thisvein. I can go on, but even writing about it gets tiresome.

    Anyways, to shorten this up, the relationship heads south, but for noreason other then the fact that Milly tells Woodrow that she is goingto hurt him. And then she hurts him. Yup, thats it, because things gobad in relationships, but the audience is left to just assume thingshappen. The problem is, we are not lead to care any bit about them. Allthis heartbreak stuff doesn't add up, when you don't buy any of it. Thefilm then continues to jump ahead and behind after an accident. Andthen things get violent, but in a pretty safe way. The film basicallyalludes to everything, and always in an extremely swallow, hey look atme mom kind of way. But heck, they built a "totally sweet ride brah" .With the finale going straight into film school cope out mode. I won'tsay anymore, so that I don't spoil the twist.

    As you can tell, I did not like this movie. It felt as cliché as couldbe. I did not like the characters, all of whom became increasinglyannoying. I did not like the writing. I did not like the acting, whichgoes into B level and below many, many times. And the visual style getspretty dang boring after awhile. Note to some reviewers; spend sometime on Vimeo, or Tumblr, and yeah, you got the visual aesthetic thisstrives for. Basically, everybody is doing that anyway, and really,swallow depth of field and especially tilt shift is boring when usedfor no reason other then, "to look cool". Which apply describes thehipster culture itself. It yells to be looked at, but on closerinspection, you realize that all its desires are superficial. Thats allit knows.

    And that sums up the film for me. Everything done for effect, andnothing done to strive for a deeper reading. And thats the issue,because its not even entertaining. In fact, its altogether boring, butin the American style of boring, and not in the European,sophisticated, by design way boring.

    I guess maybe its utility is best served as a sort of Hollywood callingcard for the troupe, and for that, maybe it succeeds. But for somethingthat I have to pay money to watch, no. And truth be told, if this wasfor free, I would probably pass as well.

  3. bcsarmaa from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 3:02 pm

    Just got out of the screening of this movie at the Independent FilmFest of Boston. Bellflower is a visually stunning movie and is sure tomake help make the career of the star/director and a few other membersof the supporting cast.

    The basic premise is that two friends decide to future-proof themselvesby creating weaponry designed for ruling a potential post-apocalypticwasteland. They figure that if Mad Max has taught us anything it isthat whoever has the most badass weapons will end up on top.

    Evan Glodell, Jessie Wiseman, Tyler Dawson and Rebekah Brandes turn inimpressive performances. I am sure that we will be seeing plenty ofJessie Wiseman.

    The film was shot on handmade cameras that the director built whichallowed him to create amazing tilt-shift visuals. All of the gadgetsfeatured in the film were also built by the director for the movie.Filming happened over the course of 3 years on a meager budget of only$17,000, an amazing feat.

    If this movie is playing at a local festival you need to go see itASAP. I'm pretty sure that there will be plenty of buzz surrounding thefilm once it gets a wider release.

  4. kumanoir from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 3:02 pm

    The premise of this movie is so evocative and brilliant, that what thedirector/writer actually gives you is even more of a disappointment.Don't be deceived by the publicity. This is by no means an apocalypticmelodrama, full of flame throwing hipsters wreaking havoc everywherethey go. FAR FROM IT. This is a vapid mumblecore boyfriend/girlfrienddrama with some digressions that barely graze the original premise.Almost the entire movie consists of the very slow charting of how twocouples find each other, couple, uncouple, recouple, etc. It'scompletely generic at that level.

    Spoiler alert below!

    Also, I totally lost respect for the director/writer when, afterfinally showing us something shocking and violent – most the maincharacters murder each other or commit suicide – all this turns out tohave just been a revenge fantasy in the mind of Woodrow, and it turnsout none of it actually happened. How cowardly.

    The movie has great pretensions to rocking our world, but turns out tobe entirely timid and conventional. All the expressionistcinematography in the world doesn't make it interesting or original.Skip it.

  5. thesar-2 from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 3:02 pm

    How come after watching this odd fantasy called "BELLFLOWER," I get theimpression the Director/Writer/Star Evan Glodell was on the ground,back to a telephone pole while inhaling a massive amount of pot upsethe hadn't come up with a title for his film and the movie had been inthe can. He can barely lift his spinning head enough to see the streetsign: 'BellFLower' and he exclaims: "Oh, man, that's it. Dude. It'sart, bro. F'ng art."

    I can't explain this trip of a movie's title other than that scenario.It starts off as a dead-weight Mumblecore film, but at least in ourreality and slowly transforms into a dark haze as if the audience wasjust as stoned.

    We have two loser BFF's who's obsession with Mad Max, his flamethrowin'dude car and the possibility of an impending apocalypse goes a tad bitfar. In fact, we really don't know if either of these adult males work– we only know they're pimping their Road Warrior car named Medusa andtheir flamethrower and they like to hit on girls. One does hook up withone and things go sour from there. Sorta. Kinda.

    Admittedly, the film's odd style, jumping all over the place and thedead-end lives you witness leave an impression, but since barely athing happens worth repeating nor is there any point, it's notrecommended.

    Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars

  6. sloppyjoe911 from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 3:02 pm

    We saw a few movies at the Seattle film fest and this was the worst ofwhat we saw. I like the premise a lot but the actual story does notlive up to its potential. It was directed amateurishly and worse is thecinematography. I know others like this but I don't get it. I thoughtthe acting was weak and over-the-top in some parts. I really wanted tolike this film but after 30 minutes I was so bored I couldn't take it.My wife wanted to leave but I gave this movie every chance and stuck itout. For those who think there's some sort of nuclear blast; there isnone. There is Apocalypse or anything of the sort – it's just acharacter study and a boring one at that.

  7. paul-4036 (
    29 Mar 2012, 3:02 pm

    When David Fincher was preparing to shoot Fight Club, he brieflyconsidered dispensing with stars and a big budget to shoot the filmguerrilla style on digital video. Had he gone that route, the resultswould have been something along the lines of Bellflower, an audacious,flame- spewing, spit in the face of everything stale and conventionalabout modern cinema. Shot on a nothing budget using a camera thatdirector/writer/star Evan Glodell built from odds and ends, Bellfloweris a stark critique of characters lost and struggling in the sun soakedwastelands of Southern California. To go into detail would certainlyruin the joy of discovery this brutal movie has to offer. Suffice tosay it is a love story like no other, chock full of drunken brawls,flame- throwers, and a muscle car named Medusa (also built from scratchby Glodell). Personally, I think this is one of the most importantmovies that's come out in recent memory. With a raw, ugly beautyreminiscent of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the sparseimmediacy of films like Two Lane Blacktop, and David Lynch's ability tomake the banal nightmarish and horrifying, Bellflower incinerates thevery notion of narrative filmmaking, redefining it on its own terms. Ifindie filmmaking is meant to push the envelope, this movie leaves thatenvelope charred and twisting in the wind.

  8. David Ferguson ( from Dallas, Texas
    29 Mar 2012, 3:02 pm

    Greetings again from the darkness. This film is for all you kids outthere who fantasize of a post-apocalyptic world in which you rulethanks to your killer muscle cars, hand-crafted flame throwers andtotal lack of dependence on society. You also treat bourbon as a majorfood group. If this describes you, please stay away from me … andrush out to see this Sundance Festival favorite.

    In the old days of radio, college stations would play what were knownas "deep cuts". These songs were treats for the biggest fans of thatartist and allowed everyone else to get a taste of a song that wasn'tcreated to be a hit single. Bellflower is the movie equivalent of adeep cut … filmed on a (broken) shoestring budget with driving forceEvan Glodell as writer, director and lead actor. Glodell has a realfeel for visual statements but I so hope his outlook on life is muchbrighter than the film projects.

    Woodrow (Glodell) and Aiden (Tyler Dawson) are best friends andtransplants to L.A. from Wisconsin. They come across as having ceasedpsychologically maturing at about age 15, though they are in their 20'snow. Their whole world is tied to this poor neighborhood where theywaste each day by boozing incessantly and planning their next flamethrower or souped-up muscle car. This is done with the intention ofprotecting them should the world turn into the deserted landscape seenin the Mad Max movies, which they admit to having seen way too manytimes.

    As destructive plans are apt to do, theirs hits a speed bump whenWoodrow meets Milly (Jessie Wiseman) during a cricket eating contest.What a great story to tell your grandkids! Anyway, Milly and Woodrowseem to be soul mates initially, but then things get complicated. Aidenis a very loyal friend and quite charming when he sets his mind to it.He stands by his friend through some staggeringly bad luck.

    This isn't a movie that necessarily follows a traditional story arc.Heck, it begins by showing a scattershot montage of things to come (weassume) and none of it is particularly cheery. The ending is such thatit's a web of "maybe" endings that allow us to determine just where thevisions end and reality takes over.

    It's no mystery why critics were so enamored with this one at Sundance.At times it plays like a student film project for a young Tarantino. Ormaybe an early Kevin Smith movie, if he were ever addicted toexplosions. That is meant as a compliment. Continuity is lacking onpurpose and the rawness of the production comes across quite clearlyand with power. Mr. Glodell will undoubtedly be given a budget largerthan a credit card next time to see just what he is capable of. I forone, will be rooting for him … just keep him away from me please!

  9. argent the wolf from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 3:02 pm

    "I just don't need none of that Mad Max bullsh*t!" I gave this film atry on account of several good reviews, but I was seriouslydisappointed. Far from being fresh, the camera effects were excessive,giving you the feeling a toy camera filter had been added to everyframe. The characters were thoroughly unappealing, with no depth. Itwas hard to find the patience to sit through all the screen time thatwas devoted to their self-absorbed, hipster fantasies. The emotionalresponse and life and death consequences late in the film seemextremely disproportionate to what caused them- a breakup in arelationship that was boring, shallow, and doomed from the start. Theconstant hipster fantasy elements attempt to mask what is essentially avery hollow movie.

  10. daniel-829 from Austria
    29 Mar 2012, 3:02 pm

    I had high hopes for this one. Pretty good ratings and a neat plotsummary.

    Long story short: I didn't finish it.

    It starts out rather slow, but pleasantly so. You get used to thevisuals (that I thought were a little overdone – like those instamaticiPhone pics that people think are artsy) and appreciate them, mostly,and you get a feel for the characters. You start to like the two dudes,their quirkiness and maybe even start to relate to them a bit, if youare/were quirky in your youth.

    Up until the point where the main dude gets cheated on by hisgirlfriend. That's when things fall apart. Or at least they did for me,since I had to fast-forward the screaming girl parts (couldn't standit) and I got lost in what was real and what not. Suddenly the moviejumps around the time-line, main dude goes mental, then he doesn't …I didn't understand it and I didn't try to, in the end.

    If this is a first for the director, it was very well done. I actuallythink the acting was pretty good, too, except some scenes seemed alittle improvised (like the girl-fight scene, too much use of onesingle word and it seemed like this was the first take) and wooden. Thevisual style was neat, too, in a way. Like I said, overdone but not badfor the plot.

    But as for the finale, I would have probably appreciated a linearstoryline a lot more than this knotted up thing.

    4 out of 10. Had a lot of potential, couldn't deliver it all, but OKall in all, even if I didn't finish it.

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