Adapted from the short story by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, this modern horror story takes place in Seattle where an Art student at Cornish College of the Arts named Adam is commissioned by a local church to create a mural of Hell. The mural takes its toll on Adam and he begins to obsess over it, spending long periods of time staring into the blank canvas. Tormented by inner and outer demons he resorts to abducting students with the help of an accomplice named Gabe. Together they devise a system of kidnapping students, torturing them to capture the true essence of agony and fear.Written by
Nicholas Van Buren
This film made me want to stop watching movies. During the opening sequence I thought; "alright, this could be cool" I was immediately proved wrong the instant any actual footage was shown as the title sequence was a series of paintings done by actual artists. Also the actors actually age backwards. As the lead somehow magically grew green hair and reversed an obvious haircut. Essentially if this film was pitched to any production studio, the meeting would essentially go like this; "I shot a ten minute short that was decent, but I wanted to make it 56 minutes so I recorded myself shitting into a bucket and pouring it on my head." I don't know what is more horrifying, the film itself, or the fact that this is what film school produces nowadays.
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