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Four teens have the not-so-great idea to visit the Unknown Cemetary
one night to party, where they are dragged off one by one by skull-faced
Shawn (John Brodie) and his minions, pumped up with hallucinogenes that
are supposed to broaden their minds, lectured on Shawn's new age-ish
philosophy, and sexually abused in various ways,
often involving Shawn's mistress Evelyn (Michelle Cantwell). Ultimately,
Shawn only finds one of the teens (Helena Vaughn) worthy to enter his
plane of existence - but the last joke is on him, since Evelyn and his
minions have long planned his demise ...
A weird film, made up
from a few shock scenes and much pseudo-philosophical rambling by
skull-faced John Brodie - and in its weird way, its defiance of
conventional narrative, the film is oddly fascinating to a point.
said that, Dark Night of the Soul is of course hampered by all the
usual shortcomings of a no-budget shot-on-video independent production,
like cheap-looking costumes and sets, less than perfect actors and bad
though I'm not even sure if some of these shortcomings don't actually add
to the film's charme and its rawness.
And having said that, don't expect a masterpiece
watching Dark Night of the Soul, just a cinematic oddity that's
somehow more memorable than it's supposed ot be.