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Dante's Shadow of Sin

USA 2021
produced by
Dakota Ray, Trichrome Collector, R.A. Productions
directed by Dakota Ray
starring Dakota Ray, Fred Epstein, Sholeh Behesht, Mrs. Maddison
written by Dakota Ray, music by naga, Kevin MacLeod, Emil Sheppard

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Dante's (Dakota Ray) is a man as depraved as they come, having killed a runaway girl two years back and cut her up following a ritual just to have a servant in the afterlife. However, memories of this haunt him to this day. Then he receives an invitation by an estranged friend of his, Mahogany (Fred Epstein), to spend some time in Mahogany's summer house to reminisce in their past together. Now Dante has to admit he's somewhat impressed by Mahogany, who has killed his father to get his hands on the old man's earthly possession, he keeps a slave (Sholeh Behesht) in the bath tub just to torture her at will, and has his disabled grandmother around just to be mean to her. However, this just inspires Dante to step up his own game in terms of depravity. And what Dante doesn't know, Mahogany has long put a spell on him, that probably doesn't work only thanks to Dante's genuine depravity - and all of this, fueled by absinthe and recreational drugs, is a recipe for utter disaster ...

 

Now this is certainly a film not for everyone, as true to his style, director Dakota Ray paints a depraved and nihilistic picture without any likeable protagonists and a very blunt approach to violence. But if exactly this has sparked your interest, you're in for a fever dream of a movie, one that goes as far into the surreal and the grotesque as its budget allows, that's thus crowded with dead animals and severed animal heads, many of which with the gift of speech, and that doesn't shy away from anything, no matter how much it might alienate the audience, while things are kept in monochrome with intentionally blown out whites to create the proper other-worldly feeling. A nightmare of a movie - in the best possible way.

 

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