A homicide detective goes undercover as a patient to investigate a psychotherapist he believes is linked to a strange double murder. As his therapy sessions continue the line between fantasy and reality begins to blur.
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This wasn't really a puzzler. It's about that problem that isolation brings. The ghoul is that state of mind that perpetuates that kind of misery. The inability to think straight, and that type of magical thinking is consistent with certain mental issues.
Quite interesting and somewhat perplexing flick about reality gone sideways. It starts out in detective noir territory and segues into kitchen sink drama about depression and onwards to slight occult stylings. It's a heady mix but it just does not work out as good as it could have. For every success there are missteps in the script and direction that leaves the movie on the threshold of greatness.
Backed by Ben Wheatley, Gareth Tunley has taken inspiration from other great directors (lynch, Nolan, Hitchcock, perhaps) and I don't want to be too critical of an aspiring film maker with a limited budget. However, I felt the toe curling performances were the result of a overly pretentious script that could have been cut and pasted from Wikipedia. Some of the camera work was decent but it lacked real depth.
What should have been a really creepy ending, just didn't deliver. I wanted to be freaked out, because I saw it coming, but it didn't effect me at all. The main character isn't interesting. None of them are. The story is pretty bland. The most interesting parts were the occult knowledge dropping, but telling the audience information with dialogue is not storytelling, so overall it actually detracts from it.