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I Dream of a Psychopomp

USA 2021
produced by
Danny Villanueva jr for How Bizarre Pictures
directed by Danny Villanueva jr
starring Elohim Peña, Steven Alonte, Kulani Kai, Byron Daniel Bishop, Danny Villanueva jr, Katelin Stack, Luis Rico; segment Spellbound High Monster Hop: Fiona Rose, Olivia Tennison, Easton Michaels, Coda Li Marcus, Travis Greene, Byron Daniel Bishop; segment Answers: Peter Knox, N. Meridian, Dan Davies, H. Adoni Esho, Eshan Khalani; segment Until Forever: Jillian Lebling, Ben Shaul, Jay Rattle, Reinhold Von Bolt
written by Danny Villanueva jr, except segment Until Forever: story by J. Anthony Ramos, Danny Villanueva jr, screenplay by J. Anthony Ramos, music by Donny Walker, special effects makeup by Tori Rodriguez, Sara Elizabeth Bradley

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Kerry (Elohim Peña) loses his wife Evelyn (Kulani Kai) in a car accident, which he rather miraculously survives - and since then he's overcome with both grief and guilt, and it's probably the latter that lets him see and feel Evelyn every now and again, but also he starts to be somewhat drawn to other people on the cemetary his wife's interred in and unwillingly take part in their sad stories ... 
  • Spellbound High Monster Hop: There's Caroline (Fiona Rose), a high school student who's so thrilled to have a date (Easton Michaels) for the annual dance she fails to hear a fire drill - which is actually more than just a drill ...
  • Answers: Two cops (Dan Davies, H. Adoni Esho) ask psychic Deena (N. Meridian) to question child killer Carl (Peter Knox) for the location of a missing and presumed dead kid (Eshan Khalani) - only Carl isn't all he seems ...
  • Until Forever: Young cancer patient Elayna (Jillian Lebling) breaks into an abandoned house one night, to find old Adriano (Ben Shaul), who might have the answer for her suffering - but that answer might only lead to much more pain ...

But what do all these stories mean, to him and to dead Evelyn, and what does this creature called Psychopomp (Steve Alonte) want who has come to guide Kerry and who might be a demon or an angel or Death himself, or something completely different ...

 

Now the word Psychopomp might sound very weird to Western ears and might trigger all sorts of comedic associations (it has for ignorant me to be honest), but it's actually a creature from Ancient Greek mythology, and its literal meaning is "guide of souls" - and that's a fitting title for the movie not only because a Psychopomp is a key character but also because this is first and foremost a film about grief and letting go. That said though, the film's still deeply rooted in the horror genre and delivers on the fear and the macabre front, it's just a welcome proof that horror can do more than just shock its audience, and that's done via clever storytelling that plays its stories out on more than one level, a subtle direction that doesn't always go for the obvious and the spectacle, and a solid cast bringing it all to life - and the result is pretty good genre entertainment with a welcome amount of depth to it.

 

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