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Sanctus Ex (2003)

 -  Short | Horror | Mystery  -  5 March 2004 (USA)
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When a ritual goes wrong, young Locassana enters Hell. Confused, she wanders around, meeting its inhabitants, learning about their nature and their world.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Philipp Barth ...
Maddox
Michael Cremers ...
Virgil
Lan Hirche ...
Katuluchan
Thilo Hübner ...
Various (flash scenes)
Philipp Keydel ...
Harvey Decker
Robert Keydel ...
Masked Fire Dancer (flash scenes) / Various (flash scenes)
Felix Kretz ...
Greedy man standing in the lake (layer #5 avaritia)
Nina-Mareen Köhler ...
Beatrice
Simon Modery ...
Young Virgil
Franziska Müller ...
Woman standing in the lake (layer #5 avaritia / flash)
Christian Paech ...
Various (flash scenes)
Johanna Rausch ...
Locassana
Roman Rotamund ...
Various (flash scenes)
Ulrich Wedekink ...
Soldier
Felix Wenzel ...
Fallen Angel
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"Sancuts Ex" is about a girl named Locassana who enters Hell by accident. Travelling through the different layers Hell is divided in, she meets some of its inhabitants. At first, there is almost no interaction between Locassana and Hell's inhabitants; they barely seem to take notice of her presence. But when she advances to the deeper layers of Hell, its inhabitants start to wield their powers over her. Locassana becomes aware that she is not welcome in Hell and therefore is in danger. Finally, she is found by a guard demon who banishes her from Hell and sends her back to her designated place: reality. Written by Keydel, Philipp

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We are just a part of Hell.

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Short | Horror | Mystery

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A strange, confusing and somehow interesting short-trip trough hell.
11 August 2006 | by (France) – See all my reviews

This experimental short is primarily about experimenting with color grading, different stylistic devices in cutting and atmospheric design. This is why hell was chosen as the setting, so an intense and surreal environment could be translated into images and atmospheres which aim at shocking the viewer. Also, the setting is based (very) loosely on Dante's Inferno, Hell being made up of different layers which are translated into different stage-like single settings, designed like episodes with individual atmospheres and stylistic devices.

The viewer has somehow been neglected in the concept of the whole film, the story being very confusing and not bound to a clear central plot and the images and sound being very intense and sometimes disturbing. However, considering the whole project is absolutely no-budget done by beginners, shot on mini-DV and with non-professional actors only (doing a fairly great job), the overall experience is interesting and technically well-done. So don't try to figure anything out, just let the atmosphere have an effect on you.


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