A twist on the truths that are more frightening than make believe.
'Ivar Tunnel: Shook Ones' is a darkly comedic social thriller that glimpses into the psyche and isolation of a black woman.
Leigh Jones has moved into a new neighborhood in Hollywood, just beyond the Ivar Tunnel. Since moving, Leigh is met with icy glares and chilling shrieks from her neighbors. Simultaneously, Leigh is bombarded with notifications from the ‘Neighorlie’ app about the insidious happenings in Holly-hood.
One trending post about a homeless white woman shakes something alive in Leigh: “Please be kind to the newly unhoused woman in Ivar Tunnel with dog”. To Leigh’s chagrin, the post is flooded with comments in support of the “Unhoused Woman” from her “well-meaning” neighbors.
Leigh takes counsel from her friend Nicole, who reminds Leigh that she “is the boogeyman” and that her neighbors are “Shook Ones”. That reminder, along with liquid courage drives Leigh back to the Ivar Tunnel, where she attempts to take matters into her own hands.
A woman who’s haunted by the ailing health of her postpartum sister is confronted with a fight to save her sister and ultimately, herself.
On a summer evening before the 4th of July in 1985, Richard Ramirez steals a Ford Bronco in the San Fernando Valley. He takes some LSD and has a psychedelic night at his room in the Cecil Hotel. He wakes up and looks at records and draws pentagrams on his skin. He finds some cocaine stashed away he’d forgotten about and becomes violent around his room. After selling some stolen speakers, he uses the money for food. While eating a gas station burrito, he spots an older woman alone and begins to stalk her for the rest of the night. As the night goes on, Richard sneaks into her house and decides which knife he's going to kill her with. He murders her and looks for food afterwards in the fridge. He heads back to the Cecil covered in blood as fireworks are ignited in the streets.
16-year-old Daniel is excited, he just graduated from the Youth Law Enforcement program for young teens who want to pursue a career in law enforcement. During his short walk home, Daniel encounters a few unsavory officers. Scared and alone, Daniel contacts his parents . When Daniel’s parents finally arrive to his location, the situation intensifies and Daniel's life will never be the same.
Santino an undocumented immigrant, Trapped in Los Angeles by an enterprising criminal, works as a 'handyman' at an 'Anything Goes' Massage parlor to pay off his debt, But the Decadence of the business, his unstable boss, his family left in Mexico, and an underage girl (Grace) forced into prostitution push him toward violent ends.
Frustrated by her overprotective mother, 20-year-old Polina makes a spontaneous decision to leave a club with a group of guys and keep the party going. Upon arriving at their strange apartment, she quickly realizes that she's in danger and, even worse, there is no one to help her. This film explores how society often accuses women of being responsible for their own harassment - even when it's not their fault - and how women can internalize that accusation to blame themselves as well.
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