Director Richard Cranor’s forthcoming Science-Fiction / Supernatural movie Star Leaf tells the tale of a group of friends set off to find a secret forest of marijuana hidden deep in the Olympic Mountains. Legend has it the plants are of extraterrestrial origin, and two ex-Marines among the group hope it will cure their PTSD created from hardcore combat in Afghanistan. The most important part of the entire process is to follow the code of conduct. (1) No photos or video, (2) no GPS, and finally (3) no seeds or clippings to be taken. The group soon finds themselves in the fight of their lives when one of them steals the Star Leaf. The greed opens up the trio to be attacked by alien entities who use demons, both interpersonal and real, to unleash hell upon them.
Director Richard Cranor also played “Ranger Dave” in the film. Cranor was inspired to write the script in part by observing his youngest brother’s trials with PTSD, as well as his struggle with cancer five years ago. I am going to admit, I was very dubious about this film. Marines with PTSD, meets Aliens, meets Marijuana? What the hell is this? Watching this movie twice, I no longer questioned its integrity any further. The film was fantastic, and the character development was on point. Cranor did a marvelous job of introducing the audience to the very real issues of PTSD. Cranor delivered a stellar performance with his character “Ranger Dave” a sort of guide (reminded me of a Ralph from Friday The 13th), to help the group through the Alien infested woods. With this all-star cast and excellent direction, you will want to partake in the Star Leaf.
Written, directed and co-produced by Richard Cranor for Titan Sky Entertainment, Star Leaf stars Julian Gavilanes, Tyler Trerise, Shelby Truax, and Russell Hodgkinson. Star Leaf is slated for release internationally in Australia in August 2015, with more territories to come in the near future.
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Star Leaf Film Upcoming Events:
June 20: PTSD Panel at Hempapalooza with Dr. Judith Peters (afternoon) and encore screening of Star Leaf (evening)
August 14-16: Exhibiting at Hempfest in Seattle, WA
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Ryan Cusick is a writer for ihorror.com and very much enjoys conversation and writing about anything within the horror genre. Horror first sparked his interest after watching the original, The Amityville Horror when he was the tender age of three. Ryan lives in California with his wife and ten-year-old daughter, who is also expressing interest in the horror genre. Ryan recently received his Master’s Degree in Psychology and is currently writing a horror novel. Follow Ryan on Twitter @Nytmare112.