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Cram

USA 2021
produced by
Trevor Wallace, Zachry J. Bailey, Felix Handte (executive), Abie Sidell (executive) for Radical Rhinoceros Pictures
directed by Abie Sidell
starring John DiMino, Brandon Burton, Carolina Do, Conrado Falco III, Jane Bradley, Tobias Arizio, Marc Winski, Joel Brody, Sajda Waite, Matthew Elijah Webb, Patrick Ball, Madeline Seidman, Rolando Chusan
written by Abie Sidell, music by Daniel Rudin, special effects by Jon Hanford, special makeupo effects by Beatrice Sniper

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Student Marc (John DiMino) has known for weeks now that his final paper's due tomorrow - but he has left everything to the very last minute, and pretty much freaks out that he now has one night to do the whole paper. Finally trying to put in the work, he doesn't even notice he's been locked into the library, until much too late, but then he falls asleep over his laptop, and everything he has done so far gets somehow erased. Plus, he has the feeling he isn't alone anymore, and actually catches a couple having sex in one of the aisles, a couple that then evaporates into thin air ... and suddenly everything's gone, his notes, his laptops, the books he needs, just everything - and then he's gone and comes to at a party where he's treated to weed-laced cookies by the hostess (Jane Bradley) ... and suddenly he's back in the library, only it's a different library lorded over by the Master of Books (Brandon Burton) - and this master is less than impressed by Marc's efforts and lets him feel just that, in a rather painful way ...

 

Now quite honestly, I don't think my synopsis does Cram much credit, as this is just a very unusual film, a mix of horror and fantasy rolled into, of all things, a cautionary tale about not to leave things to the last minute - but not so much in an in-your-face but rather an allegorical way, with the film over time more and more taking on the logic of a nightmare, and associative storytelling eventually taking over. And an atmospheric directorial effort that has its eye on the ball throughout keeps the film from falling apart while an ensemble playing it straight throughout carry the thing rather well, making this a rather cool and slightly trippy cinematic experience.

 

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