So Cam (Samy Osman), Dan (Serge Plourde) and Scott (Sean Kaufmann) are sharing a house. Cam is an obnoxious twat who likes to shag women and then abandon them, Dan is a bit of a handy man with the decorating and Scott has just lost his job in a fried chicken restaurant. Hoping to cheer Scott up Cam takes him to a party at his office where Scott hooks up with Tracy (Tianna Nori).
Before long Tracy has moved in and starts winding up Cam when she leaves her stuff in the bathroom, Cam calls a house meeting and reads Tracy the new house rules. Big mistake, since it inspires Tracy to start working on getting rid of Scott’s housemates, She starts off fairly vicious but low-key by puncturing Cam’s condom stash, but works her way up to a more permanent and gruesome solution in Canadian director Tricia Lee’s tale of psychotic possessive behaviour.
Nori is great as the deranged Tracy, all sweetness and light to begin with making breakfast for everybody and encouraging Scott to apply for new jobs, but when she ties her hair back and teases out her pony tail you can just tell something nasty is about to happen. And nasty it certainly is, not full on Saw or Hostel nasty, but what she does in just a brief moment with Dan’s power tools certainly made me squirm. Although I have to say I thought the really quite unlikable Cam got off lightly.
A psychodrama with a touch of Single White Female and a pinch of Norman Bates I give Clean Break a 555/666
Clean Break is out now on digital platforms and DVD at Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Barnes and Nobles in the USA. No UK release date as yet, but the director has promised to tell us when.