About Drinking Games:

It's the last night of fall semester, and all over campus parties are raging, while Richard and Shawn argue over what to do with Noopie, the mysterious upperclassman passed out on their floor. When a blizzard seals them in the dorm with a handful of hapless friends, Noopie awakes and uses a mix of drugs, booze and sex to manipulate the group to their physical and emotional breaking points over the longest, most dangerous night of their young lives. Will it be their last? Drinking Games is a smart, tense new psychological-thriller-slash-college-melodrama from award-winning indie filmmaker Ryan Gielen, based on the off-Broadway play, "DORM",
by Blake Merriman.

"A psychological hand grenade."
- Richard Propes, TheIndependentCritic.com

"Rob Bradford is undeniably perfect as Noopie. A man who is the embodiment of cool as seen through the eyes of a 19 year old... powerful and credible."
- Christopher Jimenez, ShockTilYouDrop.com

Director Statement:
Drinking Games appealed to me on many levels. I loved the challenge of filming an entire movie in one dorm, having to keep the settings fresh by exploring camera angles and movement in a way that I had not before. I also loved the central premise of the film, that true evil is much scarier than the cartoon versions of evil we’re shown in some horror and thrillers. Noopie is a privileged sociopath, an American elite to the core, who knows he will face no consequences for the pain and suffering he causes others. I thought he made a great villain and
leapt off the page, and I was excited to explore him and his effect on others with the incredible cast of New York City stage actors. I know this film is different, I know it defies genre, and that is why I love it. On behalf of the entire team, we hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it. -Ryan

"...first-time screenwriter Merriman so clearly understand[s] that lasting horror and true psychological thrills and chills are derived from the vulnerabilities and fractures within humanity. Drinking Games doesn't play for the drama, because it doesn't have to play for the drama. Real life? That's scary."
- Richard Propes, TheIndependentCritic.com

"The facts of an incident are not as important as how we remember and perceive the events. Our perception is what drives the outcome, regardless of intent or actual actions. This is what is explored brilliantly in Ryan Gielen’s 'Drinking Games.'"
- Christopher Jiminez, ShockTilYouDrop.com

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