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The Commune: A New Cult Classic (2009)

The Commune (original title)
When Jenny Cross has to spend summer vacation with her deadbeat dad in his creepy commune, she thinks clean living and boredom will kill her. But some fates are worse than death.

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Puck Cernunnos (as David Lago)
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Esmeralda
Winter ...
Loki
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Cassie's Lover
Miles Gregory ...
Miles
Heidi Hornbacher ...
Alice
Sophie Yoakum ...
Pomegranate
Leslie Lello ...
Nurse Brenda
Hero Fies ...
Hero
Lena Robinson ...
Tiamat
Josie Fite ...
Jenny Cross - age 6
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When Jenny Cross (Chauntal Lewis) has to spend summer vacation with deadbeat dad (Stuart G. Bennett) on his creepy commune, she thinks clean living and boredom will kill her. But some fates are worse than death...Provocateur filmmaker Elisabeth Fies masterfully mixes psychological thriller, horror, satire, and coming of age movies to create a fresh, surprising mystery that winks at 1970s masterpieces. Written by The Commune

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Chauntal Lewis lost her left hand in an auto accident in Los Angeles in March 2009. See more »

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When Jenny is found by Loki to be brought to the art therapy room she asks for time to change her clothes, but he says no. In the next scene, she is in the art therapy room in a different outfit. See more »

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Jenny Cross: How old is she, six?
Jenny Cross: I mean come on.
Jenny Cross: I didn't even drew my first dick until at least fourth grade.
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References The Wicker Man (1973) See more »

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Kashlimar
Written by Sharon Knight & Winter
Performed by Pandemonaeon
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A great, true indie movie
31 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First, I'm not even sure if I should call this movie a "horror" movie. Yes, it involves a few horrible acts, but when I think of a "horror" movie -- especially by today's standards -- I picture some PG-13 crap with a bunch of teenagers running away from an unstoppable killer for 90 minutes.

This isn't that kind of movie, not by a long shot.

And when I say it's an indie film, I don't mean it's indie compared to Transformers 2. I mean it's indie in the truest sense of the word. It appears to have been created by a bunch of like-minded people motivated by their love of movies and devotion to the story they wanted to tell, not by profit.

I have no idea what the budget was for this movie, but I'm guessing it was pretty small. And yet that doesn't come across on film. It's a "small" movie, in that there aren't a lot of locations and the cast is small and there aren't any special effects. But it never feels like a "cheap" movie. It's well-shot, the sound is good, and the music was particularly strong.

The story involves Jenny (don't call her Jen!), a 16-year old girl forced to spend time with her estranged father as part of a custody agreement. Her father's some kind of hippie guru and lives in a weird commune. Jenny arrives at the commune and we initially get a lot of fish-out-of-water / culture clash humor. But the humor's offset nicely by an undercurrent of creepiness to everything.

Jenny soon meets Puck, a kid who lives in the nearby town. They strike up a friendship, and spend more and more time with each other as Jenny is continually creeped out at the commune.

I won't spoil the rest of the film. As I said before, it's not what I'd call a "horror" film, per se. Maybe more of a psychological thriller. But it's also got strong elements of black comedy. It's my kind of movie, in that it slides quite comfortably back and forth between genres.

I found the high point of the film to be at the beginning of the third act, in a prolonged scene between Jenny and Puck. Elisabeth Fies, the writer / director / co-star, establishes a really intimate, genuine, raw moment between her two characters.

If you're in the mood for something different, and want to support truly independent filmmakers, check out The Commune.


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