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Summoning the Spirit

USA 2023
produced by
Lacy Todd, Joe Jatcko, Michael Repsch, Carla Berkowitz (executive), William Fernandez (executive), Jim Kierstead (executive) for Lake Productions
directed by Jon Garcia
starring Krystal Millie Valdes, Ernesto Reyes, Jesse Tayeh, Isabelle Muthiah, Sean Sisson, Robin Magdhalen, Jasmine Sinclair, Lacy Todd, Jimmy Garcia, Bruce Jennings, Alan Burrell, Lauren Lopez, Benta Fitzmorris, and the voices of Jeremy McLaughlin, Elizabeth Price, Melissa Ann Hubisak
written by Zach Carter, Jon Garcia, music by Michael Sempert, special effects makeup by Carrie Putterbaugh


review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Writer Dean (Ernesto Reyes) and his pregnant wife Carla (Krystal Millie Valdes) move from the city into the woods to start anew - but this new start is ill-fated from early on when Carla miscarries. Gloomy as she is, Carla meets Celeste (Isabelle Muthiah), the girl from next door who's positive to a fault and a pretty spiritual being - and her positivity is somewhat infectuous and exactly what Carla needs in her present condition. Sure, she's a bit put off by the group of hippies Celeste lives with, but she still persuades Dean to accompany her to pay Celeste and company a visit. There they find a weird nature cult led by pseudo-messias Arlo (Jesse Tayeh) and high priestess Jerri (Jasmine Sinclair) that apparently somehow worships Bigfoot - something Dean finds utterly ridiculous, even though back home he immediately starts to write about Bigfoot. Carla on the other hand, needing something to fill the void her still-born offspring has left inside her, feels somehow drawn to it. Of course, she doesn't know that those who want to leave the tribe are sacrificed to Bigfoot (Sean Sisson), who actually lives in the woods. Thing is, eventually Arlo deems that Celeste is the chosen one in their next ritual, a ritual Bigfoot shows up to - and it doesn't go as planned ...


A pretty unusual Bigfoot film as it mixes folk horror and religious cult elements into the premise and ultimately creating its very own horror blend - and not so much through actual shock value, even if there are quite some jump scares and outbursts of violence, but through atmospheric and at times even triplike filmmaking, which is of course also helped by the moody and quite impressive outdoors locations. And a bunch of relatable, fleshed out characters played by a solid cast only helps making this a very cool piece of horror cinema.


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