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Suffering from delusions of fortune, a young hermit hides out in the forest hoping to crack an ancient mystery, but pays a price for his mania.

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Joel Potrykus

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Joel Potrykus
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ty Hickson ... Sean
Amari Cheatom ... Cortez
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fiji Fiji ... Kaspar
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Suffering from delusions of fortune, a young hermit hides out in the forest hoping to crack an ancient mystery, but pays a price for his mania.

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

7 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alchemik See more »

Filming Locations:

Allegan, Michigan, USA

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1.85 : 1
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In a Q&A for the film, director Potrykus said the stones Sean throws represent each of his "heavy sins". He casts them out in his confessional. This is a reference to the movie Il Demonio (1963). See more »

Quotes

Cortez: [eating cat food] It's dry, dawg. It's just a little dry. But it's good.
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References Raw Deal (1986) See more »

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My 9 Rhymes
Written and Produced by Esham (as Esham Attica Smith)
Performed by Esham
Courtesy of Reel Life Productions and Acidrap
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Like a waking nightmare
17 April 2016 | by zoozersaddSee all my reviews

First off this movie isn't for everyone. That's for sure. It's challenging and never gives the audience what they expect. The director has somehow made something that doesn't feel like a genre film, but includes elements from past and present supernatural films. It's got a timeless quality. You're never quite sure what's real and what is not. There are moments of genuine fear, and moment of genuine laugh out loud humor. But it's never easy. I almost feel like it needs to be watched twice. Moments come and go, and I know there's much more going on here than I could have caught the first time through, that's for sure. It's layers of paranoia and the effects of mental illness. No cheap shots, no jump scares. People may dismiss it, but there's a lot going on here.

It feels like something I've never seen before.


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