- Elf 2017
J. Van Auken
directed by J. Van Auken
starring J. Van Auken, Mindy Rae, Greg Lucey, Alex Klein, Nicholas Thurkettle, Josh Harp, Joe DeSoto, Ramiro Quezada, Josh Robert Thompson, Davison Locksley, Patrick Peduto, Lillian Solange Beaudoin, Barrow Davis-Tolot, Shelly DeChristofaro, Justin Johnson, Phil Miler, Galen Howard, Kate Johnson, Yazemeenah Rossi, Charley Rossman, Ben Kientz, Catherine Picta, Rosalie Roder
written and music by J. Van Auken
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John Dunning (J. Van Auken) sees dead people - pretty much everywhere,
and since this ability is something that would handicap him in pretty much
every regular job, he works as a psychic, telling family of recently
deceased what he sees to give them closure. He doesn't enjoy that very
much, and that he's usually called a fraud doesn't make things better.
Also, while he can see pretty much every other dead person ever, he fails
to ever see his own deceased wife (Lillian Solange Beaudoin).
(Mindy Rae) is a journalist waiting for her big break, and she thinks a
story about John will be just that. John refuses of course, but she's not
one to give up easily, and eventually she wins his trust. Plus she also
has a car and a driver's license, and he needs lots of driving around.
inherits an island from one of his most loyal clients, who has passed on.
Thing is, that client's family, the Bellvues, doesn't want him to have the
island as they want its water rights which could make them very rich, but
John is unwilling to give it up, even for a whole lot of money, as nobody
has ever died on the island, and that would make it the perfect spot to
stay away from the dead. Elias Bellvue (Alex Klein) then tries to threaten
John, but he's not easily intimidated. And then there's Elias' uncle
Carmine (Greg Lucey), who goes for a more practical approach and gives
John an assignment to find out what killed his son Jacob (Nicholas
Thurkettle) - and here's where problems really start, as Jacob is the
first dead who can see John just as John can see him, and thus interact
with him - and he follows him everywhere. Then Valerie turns out to not be
all she promised to be, John finds out Jacob has been into really weird
shit when still alive ... and eventually someone ends up dead. And now the
downward spiral only starts to spin ...
Revelator is a
really weird horror mystery that features quite a few twists and turns to
keep things interesting while at the same time relying on creepy
atmosphere to keep one in the right mood - after all, this is about
someone seeing the dead. And add to that an interesting cast of characters
embodied by a compact cast, plus quite a few macabre ideas, and you've got
yourself a pretty cool genre movie.