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Grizzly Flats
Shadow People

USA 2011
produced by
Peter Earr for Little Dragon Productions
directed by Anthony Fankhauser
starring Judd Nelson, Ryan Karloff, Maggie VandenBerghe, Edgar Allan Poe IV, Christian Maurice Gantt, Dustin J.Trost, D.J. Shapiro, Danielle De Luca, Regina Mocey
story by Joe Benkis, screenplay by Anthony Fankhauser, music by Chris Cano, visual effects by Rogue State

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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There is something going on in Grizzly Flats, a backwood village in the middle of nowhere, USA ... but maybe it's nothing more than a dispute between neighbours: Sylvain (Ryan Karloff) is a scientist from the city who has moved to Grizzly Flats to conduct some weird and secretive experiments, and he suspects his hick neighbours (Edgar Allan Poe IV, Dustin J.Trost, D.J. Shapiro) to have broken into his home and lab repeatedly, while said neighbours want their privacy on their premises because they are producing meth by the busload, and they wouldn't even shy away from shooting Sylvain for trespassing.

Sylvain is so caught up in both his experiments and his neighbourly dispute that he doesn't even see how his wife Mary Anne (Maggie VandenBerghe), who never liked Grizzly Flats or the country as such to begin with, is falling apart, which eventually culminates in her adopting a weirdly shaped pumpkin as her own kid. For a time, she finds solace in the local priest (Christian Maurice Gantt), but this guy is weird to say the least.

What nobody seems to be noticing at first is that there are weird shadow being haunting the neighbourhood, least of all the local amateur-porn shooting sheriff (Judd Nelson), who ironically enough has actually seen one. Sylvain on the other hand blames everything on his hick neighbours, especially Posey (D.J. Shapiro) - until he finds Posey dead. When he finds a stash of self-produced meth next to Posey though - and has soon developed a healthy meth habit ...

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Now there's an itneresting approach: Somehow Grizzly Flats feels like a piece of 1950's science fiction drive-in schlock, if written by David Lynch - meaning several elements of the film's tried-and-true genre plot do not actually make sense (and aren't supposed to), and there's some weird symbolism worked into the story as well as some surreal elements. Now that might sound like a recipe for disaster, but here it works beautifully, because while my description of the film might sound a bit pretentious writer/director Anthony Fankhauser has delivered a totally down-to-earth, plot- and action-driven, witty and at times (intentionally) funny movie.

Recommended, actually.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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