Do we really know our friends, lovers and neighbors? Do we really know if they are friend or foe? Can we be sure a person that we think we know well is really who we think they are? Those questions are raised in Writer\Director "Master" June Daguiso's film "A Split Personality."

Co-directed by Daguiso and Connie Lamothe, it focuses on Rowena (the excellent Allison Plourde, also credited as Allison Messina) a "wife-mother with a divided psyche [who] executes a series of brutal serial sex slayings as her family and authorities attempt to locate the killer hiding inside her mind." You've got to revel in the unforgettable log line: "Your date from hell has just arrived!"

Web MD explains a split personality, or dissociative disorder this way: "Dissociative identity disorder (previously known as multiple personality disorder) is thought to be a complex psychological condition that is likely caused by many factors, including severe trauma during early childhood (usually extreme, repetitive physical, sexual, or emotional abuse)."

The highlights of "Split Personality"

On Rowena's trail of killings are Detectives Mani (John C.

Bailey, most recently seen as Maj. Gen. George Armstrong Custer in AMC TV's "The American West") and Niko (the always superb Caleb J. Jackson). I enjoyed the interplay and dry-to-the-bone humor between the two men as they inspected each successive Crime scene. Bailey especially brought a sardonic, devil-may-care attitude to his role. As they close in on Rowena, the body count of men she courts in local bars and then slays, and her desperation, grows.

The stars of "Split Personality"

The 90 minute film features many actors from the DMV (Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia area). The always good Tom Tomlinson plays psychologist, Dr. Wayne. Kim Hoang effectively plays a forensic officer, and the uber-talented, and prolific Paul Sieber plays one of Rowena's victims.

I loved local favorite Lawrence Whitener in his comical scene as the "Crazy Redneck Guy." The delightful Phil Amico had a small role as Mr. Taylor. Also in the cast were Jim Morris, Kendra North, Maria Cecile Callier, Gita M. McCarthy, and Sharanya Ravi.

The film effectively built suspense throughout.

The film is an outstanding paradigm of skills that DMV actors can bring to the screen.

You can watch the trailer for "Master" June Daguiso's next film, "Mateo's Blood 2" here:

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