The burdens of life are all too recognizable to the modern moviegoer, and that seems to be the focus of director Matt Patterson’s latest film, Apartment 413. The film follows Marco, a father-to-be who is desperate for a job to care for his pregnant girlfriend and their future child. As the days go by, Marco keeps trying and failing to find work, the pressure starts to get to him. While mysterious phone calls, notes and other phenomena take place; Marco begins to lose touch with reality and it threatens the life he has with those he loves.
Just looking at the trailer, the film seems to promise an exciting yet small-scale analysis of our protagonist. In the beginning, the trailer starts off sweet and sad, showing Marco’s daily life and routine as he continues to make phone calls and send resumes. But as the interruptions between the activities accelerate, the trailer begins to show signs that a breaking point is being reached. Soon Marco starts yelling at himself in the mirror, the walls begin to shake and collapse, knives and guns briefly appear on the screen. Apartment 413 soon turns from a comforting but modest house into a cage of madness and rage.
While the film doesn’t promise anything of maximum magnitude like your average blockbuster, it’s the brief glimpses of the performances that seem to be the main draw for this project. Nicholas Saenz seems to give his all to the little tidbits shown about his role. The melancholic choice of music also seems to convey the promise of a story that is as heartbreaking as it is nerve-racking and tense. From the trailer alone, the script seems to draw inspiration from stories like Death of a seller but with a more intense and gruesome ending to the story. And when the film is set entirely in the apartment itself, there is an added sense of claustrophobia for both the characters and the audience.
Matt Patterson, the director, has directed several short films, such as 2009 Long night ahead, living people, 2012’s jatku leiba, and 2016 marea. The film was written by Ron Maede, this is his first writing credit, but he has history as a producer for the TV series From Russia with Motif and production manager for the TV series Lost and found. The film stars Nicholas Saenz as Marco, whose most recent acting credits are from 2020 #Slaughterhouse and stalker. Dana, Marco’s girlfriend, plays Brea Grant. Grant’s most recent acting credits are those of 2020 the stylist, Happy and Happy. Playing the Mechanic is Dave Buckman, and Jon Michael Simpson credited as playing the Inspector. Production companies involved are Matter Media Studios, One Chameleon Entertainment and Two Birds. It was filmed in Austin, Texas.
Apartment 413 had its first premiere at Cinequest in San Jose on March 8, 2019. It was later screened at the Austin Film Festival on October 20, 2019. Terror Films plans to release Apartment 413 on digital download on September 17, 2021.