Mark of the Witch
Another / The Devil's Daughter
Aline Bognacki, Colin Geddes (executive) for Full Frame Features
directed by Jason Bognacki
starring Paulie Rojas (= Paulie Redding), Maria Olsen, Nancy Wolfe, Michael Rappaport, Lillian Pennypacker, David Landry, Sophia Jade, Leone Sergio Bognacki
written by Jason Bognacki, special makeup effects by Narcisse Chico Kitabata, visual effects by Evan Langley, Everette Campbell, Jason Bognacki
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It's Jordyn's (Paulie Rojas) 18th birthday ... and when celebrating,
Aunt Ruth (Nancy Wolfe), the bible-thumping woman who brought her up
lovelessly, tries to disembowel herself without warning. Jordyn, her
boyfriend Donny (David Landry) and her roommate Kym (Lillian Pennypacker)
manage to save her and get her into emergency against all odds, but things
turn odd for Jordyn from here on ... and it's not just the traumatic
experience of witnessing an almost-suicide, it's that she wakes up at
places without knowing how she got there, it's having visions of being
possessed by a demon (Maria Olsen), it's finding Donny and Kym, the two
people she trusted, having sex in her apartment ... but most of all it's
her finding a co-worker (Michael Rappaport) murdered, and finding out on
security camera only that she herself did it. So what's happening?
Ironically, only her unloving bible-thumping aunt Ruth can help her now,
as she knows of a family secret that's darker than just black ...
if you want your horror explained away in easily digestable bites, Mark
of the Witch is probably not for you, as part of the attraction of
this movie is that it stays mysterious throughout, remains intentionally
open to interpretation, and focuses on atmosphere rather than narrative
logic - and by now and again abandoning narrative logic for the sake of
some truly eerie moments, the movie in fact only really comes into its
own, as it after a time deliberately follows the logic of a nightmare -
and what could work better in horror? Well, of course that the film's
cinematic language is really up to the job, as is its ensemble cast,
doesn't hurt terribly either.
Quite an experience, actually!
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