With 2 indie films encompassing vastly different genres currently released, it’s apt to feature the delicate allure of Arianne Martin who in my view ranks as one of my favourites. First up, she’s all sassy and seductive in “Killed Or Be Killed” as Pearl Nava, the mysterious prostitute who might just be the undoing of outlaw Claude ‘Sweet Tooth’ Barbee (Justin Meeks). Set in the wilds of the west during the 1900s, her sudden appearance in the dark of night turns on the merry band of bandits yet leaves them in trepidation as she has an aura that’s a bit shady. Billed as a horror western, “Killed Or Be Killed” has its share of supernatural twists and Arianne delights as the enticing femme fatale Pearl or is she Ruby, the persona she assumes when spilling the beans to the law?
Arianne also stars in “Don’t Look In The Basement 2”, the sequel to the little-known low-budget cult classic from 1972 which delved into the murders of several patients and staff at Stephens Sanitarium. In this new instalment, the nuthouse is re-opened and once again peculiar happenings resurfaced, triggering madness as well as dead bodies. Arianne’s role of Dr. Lucy Mills is one of impressively, sensitive resonance whereby she infuses her character with an altruistic benevolence as all physicians should be. Dr Lucy sees the positive in her patients and people in general and whilst her traits are magnanimous, it does not always reap its rewards. Watch “Don’t Look In The Basement 2” till the end to uncover her fate!
Shining in 2 constrasting subtlety of the female form, Arianne credibly handles each with distinction and should see herself being extolled as a much loved Indie Sweetheart.