Movie review: Homegrown indie The Torment of Laurie Ann Cullom cuts above DIY expectations

A Floridian filmmaker and actor showcase their emerging talents.


When faced with severely limited resources, most DIY horror filmmakers choose to either A) limit their scenes to a single location; B) opt for a "found-footage" scenario to legitimize the use of inexpensive equipment and hastily framed first takes; and/or C) spend all the money on Karo syrup, red food coloring and butcher's leavings, throw them everywhere and hope for the best.

With The Torment of Laurie Ann Cullom, Ocala writer-director Mark Dossett ambitiously eschews those defaults, and bets everything on his protagonist — played by Shannon Scott — carrying the entire film. While there are multiple characters, locations and subplots, this homage to the stalker/"menacer" films of the late '70s and '80s relies heavily on its scream queen, who's onscreen for about 85 percent of the movie's 70 minutes, and alone for the vast majority of that time.