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USA 2014
produced by
Daemon Hillin, Robert Stuvland, Kulthep Narula, Rachvin Narula, George Cameron Romero, B.J. Hendricks, Rajpal Narula (executive), James Cullen Bressack (executive), Albert Sandoval (executive) for Benetone Hillin Entertainment, Footcandle Studios, Prime Focus Media
directed by George Cameron Romero
starring B.J. Hendricks, Ian Hutton, Madeline Merritt, Matt Mercer, Ace Marrero, Eli Jane, Tom Sizemore, George Cameron Romero, Hannah Dawson, Elina Loukas, L. Stephen Phelan, Lucy Dawson, Val Mulligan
written by James Cullen Bressack, JD Fairman, Michael Sean Gomez, music by David Obaniyi

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Horror director Charlie Buckwald (Ian Hutton) has always been young and green documentary filmmaker Jack Humphreys' (B.J. Hendricks) idol - but eventually, Buckwald disappeared from the face of the earth, taking all footage from his last movie with him. And now Jack is given the task to track him down for his next documentary by his own father, a movie producer who admittedly isn't half as interested in his son's documentary (or career for that matter) as he is in Charlie's latest, lost movie.

From Charlie's crew, Jack learns that the shoot was more than a little difficult as Charlie was borderline insane, his leading lady Katie (Madeline Merritt) transmuted from a good-natured young and hopeful into a promiscuous bitch during the course of the shoot ... and then there were all these deaths linked to the movie, all natural deaths on the outside, but too many to not think of something other than coincidence, plus there was something odd about them. Jack later meets Katie, and the way she throws herself onto him (almost literally) makes him wonder whether the rumours about her weird character change aren't true after all, and she shows almost too great an interest where Charlie is ...

There were rumours that Charlie is dead, but eventually, Jack receives an anonymous postcard detailing Charlie's whereabouts, and even though Charlie is highly paranoid, Jack eventually persuades him to let him interview him - but instead of getting answers about the shoot, and especially the infamous "exorcism scene", Jack gets sucked more and more into Charlie's world, where there might be demons, there might be danger emanating from even talking about discussing the movie, let alone watching it, and thanks to Charlie's knack for realism, Katie might actualyl possessed by a demon. Jack presses on with his documentary though - not having the first idea what he's getting himself into ...

Tom Sizemore plays himself as being one of the actor's of Charlie's film, but rather annoyed that the interview he's doing is about Charlie and not him - and his performance is spot-on.


Auteur is a very likeable and creepy little film, basically because it tells a rather original story in an original sort of way. Sure, much of this one is done via found footage approach, but the writers and filmmaker were smart enough to step away from a too puritanical approach to tell a fleshed-out story instead. Also the characters are really well-written and well-played, especially Charlie and Jack in their rather antagonistic relationship to one another, and fans of low budget indie horror will find the many jabs at genre filmmaking rather amusing - without it taking from the overall tension of the movie.

Totally worth watching, actually!


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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