"...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."
"...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
"A lady whose outer beauty is matched by her inner, Paredes is one the genre's best and most beloved current horror actresses."
-Words from the Master
"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."
HORROR FREAK NEWS
"I'm recommending this movie because I think [Paredes] is really good in it... it's worth watching for Asta."
F THIS MOVIE!
"...sassy and spunky Chrissy, played by the glorious Asta Paredes...in Paredes especially, Kaufman has found [an] actress with real star potential...convincing, funny and suitably tough when the story calls for it; Paredes is one of the most appealing screen women I’ve seen in years.
-GORE SPLATTERED CORNER
"Paredes shines; equal parts beauty and stellar screen presence. "
"Funny. Sexy. Heartfelt. Silly. Asta Paredes is all these things and more in Troma's boobs and blood-filled Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1 & 2. Paredes utterly shines in the B-movie epic, picking up a much-deserved win for BEST ACTRESS."
HORROR IN THE HAMMER - FRIGHT NIGHT THEATRE AWARDS
"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 and doing so in the realm of B-Movie cheesiness. "
-WE GOT THIS COVERED
"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. 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!
“From absurd to slapstick comedy, Asta Paredes has shining moments where she easily transitions her timing and nails her screwball stride...an engaging talent, Paredes knows how to effectively land every off-the-wall line.”
"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 Chrissy..."
"First and foremost, Kaufman and Co. struck gold when they cast their leads. Smart, sexy, and funny, Asta Paredes [is] astonishingly game for whatever..."
"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 goes to the edge of sanity with unflinching resolve as Chrissy"
"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."
"...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 lead Asta Paredes"
TIME OUT NEW YORK
"Instrumental to [the film's] likability is star Asta Paredes. Her understanding of the craft allowed her to play her character Chrissy with such a perfect amount of subtle comedy that the films feel like more than just silly social commentary and flagrant farce."
-SPOOK DU JOUR
"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
" 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 Chrissy, and it doesn’t hurt she’s extremely easy on the eyes."
"Let's cut to the chase right away, Return to Return to Nuke 'Em High AKA Vol. 2 is the funniest horror comedy, probably, since Shaun of the Dead. It is also one of the most wild and over the top genre movie in a many a moon...The acting is all solid. Everyone has great comedic timing, especially from the leads. Paredes and Corcoran are not only gorgeous, but have great chemistry together and are hilarious and so very likable."
-Words from the Master
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 entire cast pours their love into the film. Asta Paredes is incredibly likeable as our lead, nailing the slightly confused and socially aware Chrissy..."
"The real surprise is how satirically funny and gleefully well-acted Lloyd Kaufman’s latest disasterpiece plays...Asta Paredes plays a fiery heroine we genuinely care about."
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"Imagine the French lesbian romance “Blue Is the Warmest Color’’ as a raunchy American exploitation flick with loads of fake gore. 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