International genre favorite Bill Oberst Jr. plays an amnesiac horror writer who becomes trapped in his own nightmare as terrifying images emerge that may or may not be memories, madness, or both! Remembering can be murder!
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Horror writer and filmmaker Grafton Torn awakens from a coma to find himself with a bum leg and a large section of his memory missing. To aide in the doctor's orders of rest and relaxation, Grafton goes to a remote cabin in the woods. There, with the help of a hypnotherapist and medication, Grafton tries to piece together the missing memories. But nightmares haunt him...nightmares that blend possible memories with characters from his own horror films...nightmares that happen while he's awake!Written by
Great slow burn with lots of twists and surprises!
Saw this at a film festival and it was the best thing I saw, hands down!
Meticulously sets up what appears to be a simple story of a horror film writer with amnesia whose nightmares, despite the help of a beautiful hypnotherapist, become more and more disturbing. The nightmares reveal memories of a dark past. But are they real? Some of them include characters from his own films! So the fun is trying to figure out what's going on along with the writer.
Bill Oberst, Jr. as the writer is fantastic at walking the line between seeming to be a terrorized, wounded man and a possible psychopath. He's the perfect unreliable narrator, since we see things through his eyes. Can we trust them? As the film moves into its final third, you'll begin to wonder if you can trust yourself!
I highly recommend this psychological thriller. It's an extremely rewarding slow descent into a very creepy and thrilling place.
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