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A ghastly figure stalks a young boy as he struggles with an abusive home life. But when a concerned teacher reaches out to help him, will the monster prove to be a figment of his imagination, or something else entirely?


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gustav (segment "Figuratively Speaking")
Mateo (segment "Figuratively Speaking")
Sam (segment "Figuratively Speaking")
Isabelle (segment "Figuratively Speaking")
Ngozi K. Udenkwo ...
Assistant (segment "Figuratively Speaking")
Albert Flores ...
Reporter #1 (segment "Figuratively Speaking")
Brandy Lopez ...
Reporter #2 (segment "Figuratively Speaking")
Cameraman (segment "Figuratively Speaking")
Michael Botsford ...
Cameraman (segment "Figuratively Speaking")
Eric Fonseca ...
Gustav's Friend (segment "Figuratively Speaking")
Sheri Kosmas ...
Art Gallery Patron (segment "Figuratively Speaking")
Sarah Merlos ...
Art Gallery Patron (segment "Figuratively Speaking")
Roman Garcia ...
Art Gallery Patron (segment "Figuratively Speaking")


Three stories of the mentally ill: 1. Artist begins taking orders from the dolls he exhibits. 2. Eight year old boy, cruel father, concerned teacher and hallucinatory monster come into conflict. 3. Professor convinced of the Mayan apocalypse prophesies, builds bomb shelter to save his family. Written by Tross

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Interesting & well filmed anthology, but you should know not to expect a horror flick.◆≈≈6.7/10≈≈◆

This isn't your average horror anthology by any regard and the unique way of this film's storytelling may put off many viewer's that are expecting a V/H/S or Tales From the Crypt type of film. Instead what we get is a look into the minds of three different mentally ill patients and the horror that is real to them in "their" world. Since there are three installments, I'll outline them individually, although there is one constant throughout the film and that is Malcolm McDowell as Dr.Stenson, who gives a bit of a narrative connecting one story to the next.

The first segment,"Figuratively Speaking" stars John Glover, who convincingly plays the fragile artist Gustav, whose connection to his creations(which pays a nice homage to the Puppet Master franchise) & some foul play by a trusted friend, lead to his ultimate downfall.

Segment two, "Monsters are real" involves a young boy named Steven(David Mazouz "Touch") who has the unfortunate case of Catatonic Schizophrenia. At the young age of eight his life crumbles around him as his visions of a beast like stalker begin to plague him. His teacher Ms. Lorne, played by the gorgeous Lacey Chabert, tries to render help to Steven when she suspects abuse from home. All of which leads to quite a mysterious conclusion, blurring the lines between imagination & reality.

The third segment, "Up to the Last Man" stars Lou Diamond Phillips as Professor James Silo, a husband & father who becomes deeply obsessed with ancient Mayan prophecies telling of an upcoming apocalypse. As his grip on reality fades he begins to design the mother of all bomb shelters and like in the second segment, insanity & reality become intertwined.

This is a film about perspective, it's purpose isn't to terrify or deliver buckets of blood, but to bring to light the views from inside the minds of these three random, but quite unique patients all remanded to the same asylum. It walks us through the horror's that the exist only in their minds, well, mostly only in their minds, as the viewer is left decide what in fact is real. The direction is executed perfectly in each story by directors Bryan Ortiz, Bryan Ramirez and Kerry Valderrama. Equally noteworthy was the score, giving each piece it's own specific atmosphere & identity. If this sounds interesting then by all means give it a go. It's no masterpiece, but it made for an original & intriguing watch.

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