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Make-Out with Violence (2008)

  • Rate: 5.2/10 total 316 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Fantasy | Horror | Romance
  • Release Date: 8 July 2011 (Australia)
  • Runtime: USA:105 min
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Make-Out with Violence (2008)


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  • IMDb page: Make-Out with Violence (2008)
  • Rate: 5.2/10 total 316 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Fantasy | Horror | Romance
  • Release Date: 8 July 2011 (Australia)
  • Runtime: USA:105 min
  • Filming Location: Hendersonville, Tennessee, USA
  • Budget: $150,000(estimated)
  • Director: Deagol Brothers
  • Stars: Eric Lehning, Cody DeVos and Leah High
  • Original Music By: Jordan Lehning (music and score)  
  • Soundtrack: Sidewalk
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Love | Twin | High School | Unrequited Love | Summer

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Deagol Brothers  written by
  • Cody DeVos  written by
  • Eric Lehning  written by

Known Trivia

  • The movie “Trespasser” that Patrick and Carol watch on TV is made up of re-edited footage from a deleted subplot that further explained Wendy’s mysterious reanimated state.
  • The girl who Carol hits in the face with a tennis ball is 2nd AD Rachel Cresswell.
  • As a fun reference to Twin Peaks, actress Shellie Marie Shartzer can be seen portraying Wendy’s twin cousin “Edith” in the background of both the funeral and house party scenes.
  • The newspaper articles in the opening were written by actor Cody DeVos and are credited on-screen to sound engineer Aaron Irons, key grip Beau McCombs and 2nd AC Jonathan Brock.
  • Inspired by American Graffiti, the original screenplay contained a DJ character who broadcasts throughout the film. The DJ’s asides were written as the film’s narration and the songs he introduced were written into the screenplay as lyrics for cues to be composed by Jordan Lehning.
  • The idea to sing “Ave Maria” at the funeral came from actress Tia Shearer. She was supposed to have performed the original song “Radar Heart.”
  • Actress Tia Shearer was introduced to the producers during an open casting call. She was approached to play the part of Addy when the availability of previously cast Leah High became uncertain. After resolving the issue and impressed by her audition, the producers asked Shearer to play Anne Haran instead.
  • The opening sequence was edited together from camera tests shot by 2nd unit cinematographer Michael Ragen during a swimming lesson for Shellie Marie Shartzer. The footage was never intended to be used in the film.
  • Shellie Marie Shartzer had to learn to swim for the film’s underwater title sequence and climax. She was coached by actress Leah High – a former state-ranked swimmer.
  • Andrew House was the original cinematographer for the film. He was forced to leave during Pre-Production after having only completed several trick photography camera tests of Cody DeVos portraying both lead characters.

Goofs: Continuity: As Rody walks home during his introduction his shoes change from shot to shot.

Plot: A genre-bending tale of a boy trying to fulfill his unrequited love for a girl who has risen from the dead… See more » |  »

Story: A genre-bending tale of a boy trying to fulfill his unrequited love for a girl who has risen from the dead. It tells the story of twin brothers Patrick and Carol Darling, newly graduated from high school and struggling to come to terms with the mysterious disappearance of their friend, the bright and beautiful Wendy Hearst. When a drive through the countryside surrounding their suburban community leads to the discovery of Wendy's mysteriously animated corpse, the boys secretly transport the un-dead Wendy to an empty house in hopes of somehow bringing her back to life. As the sweltering summer pushes on, they must maintain the appearance of normalcy for their friends and family as they search for ways to revive the Wendy they once knew, or, failing that, to satisfy their own quests for love amongst the living and the dead.Written by Anonymous  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Deagol Brothers known as producer
  • Keith Byler known as producer
  • Esther DeVos known as associate producer
  • Matthew Duensing known as associate producer
  • Steve Duensing known as producer
  • Zach Duensing known as executive producer
  • Bonnie Farmer known as associate producer
  • Ray Farmer known as associate producer
  • Greg High known as executive producer
  • Janet Ivey known as producer
  • Peggy Jenny known as associate producer
  • Agnes Karczweski known as associate producer
  • Kyle Lehning known as executive producer
  • David Mead known as producer
  • Vicki Mead known as executive producer
  • Pouria Montazeri known as associate producer
  • J.D. Tanner known as producer
  • Patti Thomas-Robinson known as associate producer (as Patti Robinson)
  • Randy Wood known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Eric Lehning known as Patrick
  • Cody DeVos known as Carol
  • Leah High known as Addy
  • Brett Miller known as Beetle
  • Tia Shearer known as Anne Haran
  • Jordan Lehning known as Rody
  • Josh Duensing known as Brian
  • Shellie Marie Shartzer known as Wendy
  • Amanda Bailey known as Donna Carrigan
  • David Carney known as Motorcyclist
  • Jack Doyle known as Mr. Darling
  • Kevin Doyle known as The Professor
  • Patricia Doyle known as Mrs. Carrigan
  • Zach Duensing known as Hunter #1
  • Steve Duensing known as Mr. Hearst
  • Chris Edgerton known as Gator
  • David Fuqua known as Guru
  • Lori D. Hall known as Anne Haran's Mom
  • Alexandra Huff known as Anne Haran's Sister
  • Janet Ivey known as Mrs. Hearst
  • Amanda Jones known as Party Singer
  • Jasmin Kaset known as B.S.G.
  • Bob King known as Preacher
  • Cheri Glor known as Librarian
  • Mike Luckett known as The Trespasser
  • Beau McCombs known as Shades
  • Megan McNabb known as Parking Lot Girl
  • David Mead known as Mr. Carrigan
  • Aaron Miller known as Laundromat Guy
  • Devon Miller known as Freshman Girl #3
  • Rebel Mollura known as Wendy (voice)
  • Beth Olson known as Office Worker
  • Dale Rainey known as Janie Carlise
  • Ryan Roshangah known as Freshman Girl #1
  • Lauren Sandidge known as Ann Ferguson
  • John Silvestro known as Anne Haran's Dad
  • Cori Snider known as B.S.G.
  • Gail Sparks known as Hunter #2
  • Marshall Weber known as Party Dude
  • Blake Williams known as Dancing Girl
  • Tammy Kirby known as Mourner
  • Hester Wei known as Dancing Girl



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Lindsay Arielle known as makeup artist
  • Jessi Baker known as special makeup effects artist
  • Kirin Buczkowske known as key makeup artist (as Kirin Howler)
  • Zach Duensing known as special makeup effects artist
  • Erin Michelle Plew known as special makeup effects artist

Art Department:

  • Kirin Buczkowske known as assistant art director (as Kirin Howler)
  • Zach Duensing known as property master
  • Dan Flummerfelt known as construction coordinator
  • Rhendi Greenwell known as assistant art director
  • Adam Gabbet Jeckel known as construction
  • Emily Neumann known as assistant art director
  • Ed O'Brien known as graphic designer
  • Sara Ray known as set dresser buyer




Production Companies:

  • Limerent Pictures

Other Companies:

  • Armanda Costanza  camera equipment provided by
  • Citation Film & Tape Support Inc.  grip and lighting equipment
  • DR&A  grip and lighting equipment
  • Devil's Dungeon  coffins provided by
  • Flowers Express  flowers provided by
  • Gates Underwater Products  underwater housing
  • Kennedy Prints  promotional material
  • Scuba Adventures  scuba equipment
  • Watkins Film School  additional equipment


  • Factory 25 (2010) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Cinetic Rights Management (2010) (USA) (video)
  • Videorama (2011) (Greece) (all media)



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:
  • Kevin Doyle known as special digital effects

Release Date:

  • USA 12 April 2008 (Atlanta International Film Festival)
  • USA 10 September 2008 (Next Big Nashville) (premiere)
  • USA 27 September 2008 (Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival)
  • USA 11 October 2008 (Indie Memphis)
  • USA 6 November 2008 (Rural Studio Film Festival)
  • USA 7 February 2009 (Oxford)
  • USA 13 February 2009 (San Francisco Independent Film Festival)
  • USA 14 February 2009 (Boulder International Film Festival)
  • USA 21 February 2009 (Magnolia Independent Film Festival)
  • USA 14 March 2009 (South by Southwest Film Festival)
  • USA 19 April 2009 (Nashville Film Festival)
  • USA 24 April 2009 (Boston Independent Film Festival)
  • USA 25 April 2009 (Salem Film Festival)
  • USA 9 May 2009 (Maryland Film Festival)
  • Netherlands 1 June 2009 (Amsterdam)
  • USA 25 September 2009 (Port Townsend Film Festival)
  • Germany 3 October 2009 (Cologne Conference)
  • Russia 10 October 2009 (Moscow American Film Festival)
  • USA 12 October 2009 (New Orleans Film Festival)
  • France 30 October 2009 (Fantastique Semaine du Cinéma)
  • Spain 30 October 2009 (Granada International Festival of Young Filmmakers)
  • USA 6 November 2009 (Greater Reading Film Festival)
  • Argentina 12 November 2009 (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
  • USA 12 November 2009 (Los Angeles, California)
  • USA 11 December 2009 (Starz Denver Film Festival)
  • USA 5 February 2010 (New York City, New York)
  • USA 4 March 2010 (Durango Independent Film Festival)
  • France 19 May 2010 (Cannes Film Market)
  • USA 30 July 2010 (Halloween in July Film Festival)
  • USA 27 August 2010 (Brooklyn, New York)
  • USA 19 October 2010 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • USA 26 October 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • USA 29 October 2010 (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • USA 30 November 2010 (Blu-ray premiere)
  • Germany 10 February 2011 (Berlinale EFM)
  • Australia 8 July 2011
  • USA 7 November 2011 (American Film Market)



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. larry-411 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 11:48 pm

    The Deagol Brothers' "Make-Out with Violence" is a stylish, smart,sweet little American indie that is sure to leave the viewer buzzing.This isn't your typical genre film, and the quirky mix of comedy andhorror defies description. Films that terrorize with tongue firmlyplanted in cheek are among my favorites, but "Make-Out with Violence"doesn't even fit that profile.

    The film opens with the slightly creepy voice-over of little brotherBeetle (scene-stealer Brett Miller), segues to flashbacks shot with asoft, dreamy, oversaturated look, then takes the viewer on a ridethrough the most perverse summer this group of slightly off-kiltermisfits has ever had. The soundtrack is one of the film's strongestelements, mostly the work of composer Jordan Lehning (who also playslead character Rody). The writing, direction, editing, and productionof the film are all the handiwork of a small group of multitalentedfamily members. Even the actors had a hand in the film's creativeprocess. The two brothers at the center of the film (Eric Lehning andCody DeVos) are also credited as writers, along with the Deagols. Thefilm is shot and edited with such precision that there isn't a singleframe of filler. Every word, every camera angle, every visual and soundeffect is devoted to advancing the story. The filmmakers certainly madethe best use of their low budget — from all appearances there were nopost-production special effects. Everything appears to have been donein-camera. No small feat for a genre film. This is quite an impressivecalling card for these first-time feature filmmakers.

  2. brocksilvey from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 11:48 pm

    There are enough stylistic coups to indicate that the creators of"Make-Out with Violence," an uneasy genre-bending tale about twinbrothers who are keeping the not-quite-dead (or once but no longerdead) object of the oldest brother's affections on ice in the bathtubof a friend's house, have potential to make a really good movie.However, this isn't that movie. It's not especially bad, but it suffersfrom a lack of confidence in tone. The writers and directors pitch itsomewhere between the deadpan humor of "Napolean Dynamite" and thedisturbing surrealism of "Donnie Darko," but don't commit fully ineither direction. Therefore, it too often leaves the audience feelingadrift, not sure how we're supposed to be reacting.

    It doesn't help that the majority of the acting is sub-par, especiallythat of the actor who has perhaps the most crucial role, Patrick (EricLehning), the older (by minutes) brother. Cody DeVos, on the otherhand, playing the younger twin Carol, goes a long way if not quite allthe way at making up for what Lehning fails to deliver. Leah High, asAddy, love interest for Carol, does some nice work, but Jordan Lehning,as the friend who lends his house to a zombie, and Brett Miller asBeetle, the younger brother of Patrick and Carol who also serves as ournarrator, are weak.

    The film's central conceit — that Patrick's love for a zombie is asymbol for all the unrequited angst-filled yearnings swirling aroundthis group of almost-adults over the course of a lazy summer — is agood one, and the movie's not a total wash by a long shot. But mostlyit spends its running time being just good enough to make you wish itwas better.

    Grade: B-

  3. jeromestiller from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 11:48 pm

    A previous reviewer says it all, and says it well. This film reeks ofindie cred, and has a few good performances (and a few awful ones) anda great soundtrack, but it's not funny, quirky, offbeat, frightening,thought-provoking, or anything else worthwhile. It would be a fairlyimpressive film school project. Why it won awards and so much notice Iwill never know, but I suspect it has something to do with yet anothertriumph of form over substance.

    Best high school oriented not-quite-dead girl double bill ever:Deadgirl – truly frightening and truly funny and an intense ending;Jennifer's Body – not really a zombie film but who cares? Brilliant.

    Best. Ever.

    Skip Making out with Violence.

    Spoiler Alert: There's really no making out in this film. Also noviolence.

  4. Matt Kracht ( from New York
    30 Mar 2012, 11:48 pm

    Unlike Deadgirl, which was released around the same time, this moviestruck me as pretentious nonsense that exists only to showcase theindie cred of all involved. There wasn't anything really *wrong* withit, per se, but I found myself constantly rolling my eyes and sighingheavily. Most of the scenes are melodramatic, though the acting isdecent enough. None of the characters ever seem to express any strongemotions, though I suppose that's probably the fault of thewriters/directors than the actors. Speaking of the writing, it waspretty mediocre. I've seen much, much worse, but with thepretentiousness of the directing, I was really expecting something abit deeper. The soundtrack seems to be a major part of the experience,and I'm sure that if you're one of those hipsters who can't get enoughof pretentious, derivative pop music, you'll love it to death.Unfortunately, I don't think I was in the target demographic for thismovie. Some movies can transcend their genre and target demographic,like The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (spaghetti western), The Shining(horror), and The Godfather (crime drama). That requires good directingand writing, however, and this movie simply can't rise above the sillypretensions of the Smeagol brothers (or whatever). If you're into thissort of thing (pretentious "indie" movies), you'll probably love it,but I was overcome by boredom and annoyance.

  5. koomazaz from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 11:48 pm

    'Twas terrible. During it's premiere, people were getting up andleaving. I wanted to. I honestly don't know how it won any awards. Itwas simply a bloody, gory mess. The story doesn't make much sense atall, and it is just quite plainly strange. I don't know what people sawin this movie, but the girl eats dogs, rats, and a man. Just weird. Itis now my duty in life to prevent as many people as possible fromwatching this terrible movie of crap. I dislike it. I dislike thestory. There was really nothing good in the movie, and nothing goodthat came out of the movie. I highly recommend watching it. It is greatin all senses of the word. It was terrible. Don't watch this poop hole.

  6. slatromhsiloof from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 11:48 pm

    Appears to be a no budget film shot by an amateur film crew with noname actors, reading a script wrote by a ten year old, and directed bythe family dog. The only redeeming quality of this film was that I gotto tell my wife "I told you so." after telling her it was going to be aterrible waste of time go nowhere pile of garbage. I called it right onthe nose. Terrible movie. Wouldn't watch it again if my face was onfire and watching this movie was the only thing in the world that wouldput out the flames. Scene after scene of useless drivel that wasirrelevant to the story line…er…I'm not sure there even was a storyline actually. There are so many questions left unanswered, the biggestis "Why did I watch this whole terrible movie?". It would have been farmore entertaining to watch random clips of Spongebob Squarepantsupside-down and backwards. Here is a hint. f you look up a movie on theIMDb site and any of the reviews contain the word "indie", flush yourmoney down the toilet and stay home. You'll end up being a lot moreentertained watching re-runs of Jersey Shore ya muff cabbage. Afterall, Snookie wants smoosh-smoosh. Right?

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