Kill the Moonlight
with Richmond Arquette, Jaime Colindrez, John Hanft
Written and directed by John Hanft
Steve Hanft is probably not a name that many of you recognize, but I am sure you’ve seen some of his work. He is the director responsible for some of the best videos on MTV for artists such as Beck, Luscious Jackson, and most recently, Luna. Hanft’s unique vision and wit make his feature film debut one of the best low-budget indie films since 1994’s much overhyped Gen X opus Clerks.
Kill the Moonlight is about a guy who desperately wants to come up with six thousand dollars, just enough money to turn his Camero into a stock race car. His goal of becoming a stock car driver is inhibited by his inability to acquire the aforementioned funds. Desire leads to desperation as our hero turns to a life of crime to get the cash.
This film is populated by strippers, drug dealers, and losers in a wasteland of despair and boredom. It is one man’s desperate effort to rise above his pathetic surroundings. Kill the Moonlight is what low-budget feature films are all about. However it does feature a soundtrack that is first rate, highlighted by tracks from the Melvins and Beck.