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Macabre Medicine

USA 2009
produced by
Norman Kaufman, Will Devokees, Ben Bostaph
directed by Will Devokees
starring Will Devokees, Ben Bostaph, Josh Lynch, Adam Clifton, Carrie Mullen, Ryan W. Phillips, Tony Varrato, Shawn C. Phillips, Waldo Young, Brian Jenkins, Scott Maxwell, Matt Okin, Nicolette Chilton, Samantha Stevick, Shane Miles, Todd Michael Smith, Anthony Jackson, Robert Michael Zeman jr, Keith Odom, Rich Airey, M. Kelley, Jason Bostaph, Joshua Lucido
music by Adam Clifton, John Staufford, Kevin MacLeod, Brian Bonsteel, special makeup effects by Devokees Effects, visual effects by Ben Bostaph, Josh Lynch, Will Devokees

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Students turn up missing, and Sam (Josh Lynch), student and wannabe FBI agent, and his friends Jeff (Will Devokees) and Boris (Adam Clifton), start to make some investigations. Soon, things point to Heywood West (Ben Bostaph), new medical student on the campus, but Jeff dismisses this suspicion as too obvious - until he finds actual proof. Before he can report anything though, his girlfriend Jodie (Carrie Mullen) goes missing and he receives threats from West. Jeff decides to skip town, but that only gets him on the radar of actual FBI agent Paulix (Tony Varrato). Meanwhile, West has taken up the scent and followed Jeff. Jeff's cousin Stefan (Shawn C. Phillips) tries to create a fool-proof trap to capture West, but West's much too clever for that, actually killing those who want to trap him - and thus, Jeff finds himself on the run again, knowing that to end this once and for all he has to eventually confront West himself ...


Now Macabre Medicine is most certainly not the most refined movie you've ever seen, it was done as a high school project on a neglectable budget and using less than perfect equipment - so knowing that beforehands, one simply cannot expect the most perfect movie, and of course this one suffers from plenty of technical shortcomings, and on top of that could have done with a somewhat streamlined script and less reliance on grindhouse aesthetics.

If you can ignore all this though, you'll likely notice the love this film shows for horror and grindhouse cinema, you'll enjoy the somewhat light-footed approach to its story and indulgence in genre typical dialogue and situations, its many Easter eggs and hommages to genre favourites (with Re-Animator being only the most obvious), and if you're into that also get a kick out of the somewhat crude but very bloody practical effects. So in all, the film's not perfect by any stretch of the imagination - but if you're in the right mind for it, it's also good fun.


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