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After 15 years, Jim (D.Vincent Ashby) returns to the town he grew up
in, the town that went up in flames when he was still a teenager, a fire
in which he lost his parents, something that has caused him nightmares of
a violent nature ever since - which is exactly why he has returned after
all these years, to face his fears ... but once here, the nightmares only
grow worse, and he starts to see the living (yet burnt) dead even when
he's not sleeping - what's worse though is that other people start to see
the living dead, too. Jim pretty much thinks he's going out of his mind -
when he starts to remember what really happened all those years ago: He
was the apprentice of a black magician whom he burned to death when the
man wanted to force him to kill his girlfriend and threatened to otherwise
slaughter his parents. The fire that burned the magician also burned the
whole town to cinder. Thing is, the black magician had another apprentice,
a childhood friend of Jim's, and now he's hell-bent on bringing the black
magician back to the land of the living - and he almost succeeds, too, if
it wasn't for the living (yet burnt) dead, who turn out to be not in
league with the magician (as initially believed), but drag him to hell in
the end ...
A less-than-perfect no budget independent flick
that would have deserved better: The basic story of the film is
interesting to say the least, and the final plottwist (the dead turn
against the black magician) is actually pretty inspired - but brought to
the screen, the rather thin basic plot takes up too much screentime (and
the film runs less than 90 minutes), the directorial effort lacks
originality and in fact seems rather impersonal, and the actors don't
really find into their roles and don't all seem up to their task. Still,
not an all-bad film, it just could have been way better.