The Shadow Scarf
"...And then we have Kat [played by Asta Paredes]. In a lot of ways, Kat is the saving grace of the cast. She’s awkward, cute, and vulnerable. Her role as the love interest and main plot device is a success and manages to make Mara more likable by her mere presence in the film. Kat acts as a sort of bridge between the ether where Mara’s psyche resides, and the viewer who presumably lives a normal, non-murderous double life. Kat’s not without her own eccentricities, but she’s believable as a person and that’s important because Sociopathia goes so deeply into Mara’s world that without Kat we’d be left in the void of Mara’s darkness, as numb to the horror as Mara is."
"...She’s obviously a talented actress...Asta takes the portrayal of her characters seriously...and looks to truly push herself beyond convention when working through their motivations."
"Asta Paredes is sexy, likable, and fun as Kat. There is a nice edge to her that gives her character a good bit of depth. Plus, the character allows Paredes to show off her more dramatic side (as opposed to her comedic role in Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1) of acting. She is more than apt at this."
HORROR FREAK NEWS
"...Mara meets a filmmaker at her job named Kat, played by the beautiful Asta Paredes, and a relationship quickly begins. It seems at first that Mara may have finally found some fulfillment in this new relationship, and the film centers around this possibility. Paredes shines in her role as Kat. She is a natural in front of the camera, and she stole the spotlight in each of her scenes. I found myself hoping that she would get away from the mentally deteriorating Mara..."
-Beneath the Underground
The Runaround Club
DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA
RETURN TO NUKE EM HIGH VOL 1 & 2
"The leads in Return to Nuke 'Em High are talented! Troma has been the starting ground for an insane amount of legendary actors and actresses; Samuel L. Jackson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Marisa Tomei to name a few. Clay von Carlowitz and Asta Paredes steal the show! Paredes in particular shines; equal parts beauty and stellar screen presence. "
"Amidst all this nonsense, Paredes and Corcoran give really sincere performances. You really believe the relationship that forms between Chrissy and Lauren and it’s legitimately touching. They are also adorable doing the ridiculous Troma gags. Their broccoli scene is just downright surreal...I still go back to the relationship between Chrissy and Lauren. It’s really a triumph that that is so effective in a movie like this."
" A large part of what makes Troma’s film so damn watchable is the infectious energy of his cast.
...Asta Paredes does a great job as the sexually-repressed Chrissy, and it doesn’t hurt she’s extremely easy on the eyes."
"...As unlikely as it may sound, put in the plus column a whole lotta bad taste: shockingly inappropriate jokes. The movie hinges on in-on-the-joke leads Asta Paredes and Catherine Corcoran."
TIME OUT NEW YORK
"Kaufman’s plucks a wonderful cast of unfamiliar faces to revamp the halls of Tromaville High, headlined by actresses Catherine Corcoran and Asta Paredes. God bless these two female professionals for diving into the Troma world full-force, putting themselves in compromising situations every other minute it seemed – and doing so in the realm of B-Movie cheesiness. "
-WE GOT THIS COVERED
Much of Return's success can be attributed to the film's loyal and talented young leads, Catherine Corcoran and Asta Paredes, whose on- and offscreen chemistry, and overall tenacity to see their work taken seriously, has carried their little film from the Cannes Film Festival, to MoMA, and on to a limited theatrical release. Kaufman, who has worked with a long line of promising young talent over the last four decades goes out of his way to cite Corcoran and Paredes as the finest young actors he's had the pleasure to direct.
"The always animated and unabashed cast of RETURN TO NUKE ’EM HIGH VOLUME 1 does a great job bringing the hyperreal and jaw-dropping world of Tromaville to life... Asta Paredes and Catherine Corcoran go to the edge of sanity with unflinching resolve as Chrissy and Lauren."
"When a pneumatic blogger (Asta Paredes) becomes suspicious — tipped off by the human ear lurking in an entree on Taco Tuesday — and the glee club morphs into a gang of rampaging punks, the plot is primed for B-movie pandemonium...."
-NEW YORK TIMES
"Troma movies have always been sexually liberal, and have often flaunted lesbian acts in a pubescent, "isn't this naughty?" kind of way. But there's nothing gratuitous or exploitative about the same sex romance in Return to Nuke 'Em High Vol. 1... -- it is a love story between two people. And it's a beautiful one at that. That's because the chemistry between Paredes and Corcoran is electric. Both are tremendous finds, able to be funny and sexy, tough and vulnerable all in the span of a single scene. Troma has a long history of finding terrific female Gyno-American actors, from Phoebe Legere to Debbie Rochon to Allyson Sereboff to Kate Graham to Jane Jensen, but Paredes and Corcoran are the best yet. Despite being written as possible "types" in the script, both actors inhabit their roles with honesty, finding the insecurities and, as a result, the humanity in the characters.
The ultimate misfit movie studio has made a movie about misfits who find love. It's a movie that loves its misfits. I love the love story. I love the misfits."
-F THIS MOVIE!
"At its best, what really makes the film work is the on-screen chemistry between Paredes and Corcoran. The main leads really hit their mark making the attraction between Lauren and Chrissy seem grounded and believable. Paredes is naturally funny as she delivers Chrissy’s snarky one-liners...As the leads, Paredes and Corcoran carry the film with such confidence and genuine charisma, you can’t take your eyes off these two."
"Imagine the French lesbian romance “Blue Is the Warmest Color’’ as a raunchy American exploitation flick with loads of fake gore. That’s a rough idea of the latest from Lloyd Kaufman, the exuberant shockmeister whose Troma Team is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year...Like “Blue,’’ this very guilty pleasure centers on sapphic duo (Catherine Corcoran and Asta Paredes who are not bad actors at all)."
NEW YORK POST
"When the film works, it really hits the mark. There are some hilarious scenes in the movie and it's filled with superb comedic performances...Paredes herself is very likeable and funny as the sexually confused Chrissy who begins to fall for the new "rich girl" Lauren."
"Like most of Lloyd Kaufman's films it centres on characters and builds its weirdness around them. In this case we have two leading ladies; rich new girl Lauren, played for laughs by Catherine Corcoran, and sassy and spunky Chrissy, played by the glorious Asta Paredes. Both women are excellent and, in Paredes especially, Kaufman has found actresses with real star potential. They are convincing, funny and suitably tough when the story calls for it, and a love scene between the two is approached with surprising commitment...If there is any justice in the movie business, it should also be the springboard to bigger, more mainstream roles for its two leads; Paredes in particular is one of the most appealing screen women I’ve seen in years.
-GORE SPLATTERED CORNER
" Both Asta Paredes and Catherine Corcoran do great work here too, playing their respective characters with the right balance of seriousness and knowing humor...the movie hits all the notes you’d expect it to in terms of crass humor, gore and slapstick toilet humor, but it’s Asta Paredes and Catherine Corcoran that impress the most. Come for the politically incorrect humor, stay for the two lead actresses."
-ROCK! SHOCK! POP!
"The movie is so packed with outrageously amusing scenes and moments, it's simply amazing...The acting is largely pretty solid especially Asta Paredes. Demented and goofy, but brilliant as hell."
MAYNARD'S MOVIE DIARY
"First and foremost, Kaufman and Co. struck gold when they cast their leads. Smart, sexy, and funny, Asta Paredes and Catherine Corcoran are astonishingly game for whatever nonsense the Troma Team has cooked up for their characters to do."