Starring Tiffany Haynes, Tristan Beint and Madeleine Bowyer
Written & Directed by David Chaudoir
“Marvin Maskelyn, a washed up TV hypnotist and magician desperate to recapture his fame acquires a magic lamp and some LSD. His vision of fame is not quite what he imagined”. Via David Chaudoir
Before the well-reviewed (on this site as well) Adonis and Aphrodite, writer and director David Chaudoir conjured up this tale of the macabre, an ingenious little chiller that evokes the spirit of Hammer and Amicus.
Coming across as a mixture of David Brent and the late Paul Daniels, Tristan Beint stars as washed up trickster Marvin. After reaching the height of fame in his profession and living the high life with A list celebrity friends, Marvin now tours labour clubs and drinking holes, being ridiculed by the drunks and growing greyer by the minute.
When he acquires a little magic lamp from his relic-collecting buddy, he sees an opportunity to get back to his old self. But along with the lamp is some LSD, and after eagerly ingesting it, he experiences a trip full of ghoulish images and bloody happenings. Is it just his own dark mind, or are there more to his visions?
Chaudoir works wonders with a minimal budget, with a strong sense of place created with simple lighting and good ol’ northern dialogue. Beint works wonders with his character, fully embracing his egotistical side.
Although some of the FX can be a bit ropey, it all helps with the feel of an old school Hammer House of Horror episode. Indeed, with its just shy of 20 minute runtime and cautionary/morality tale climax, you could imaging the Crypt Keeper introducing this late on a Friday night.
Chaudoir is quickly making a name for himself. With his own style and sensibility, but in a pleasingly old-fashioned way. I look forward to what comes next.