"Auteur" Might Use A Pseudonym Next Time Review

The name “Charlie Buckwald” doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but given the number of times it’s said aloud in Auteur in hushed tones of awe and mystery, you’d think they were talking about Keyser Soze. This may seem like a small issue, but it typifies a lot that’s wrong in Auteur, in which the film presupposes (or would seem to) some very dramatic effect that it misses wildly, leaving you wondering exactly what they were going for in the first place.  One would like to be generous and assume that this film was aiming for something smarter than what ultimately comes across, but it’s difficult to be sure.

Jack Humphreys (BJ Hendricks) is an amateur documentarian on the trail of the legendary (at least in some circles) Buckwald, who disappeared from the public eye at the same time his last film, Demonic, went belly up. All sorts of wild rumors have circulated about the production, none of which Humphries believes and actively sets out to disprove, but as he speaks with cast and crew (including Tom Sizemore, easily the highlight), his case gets weaker and weaker. Amateur lives up to its title, both in format (production value seems low even by found footage standards) and in execution, so that it’s difficult to know just what they thought they were creating. Their depiction of Demonic, in particular, makes you wonder just how this film could have installed such awe in those familiar with it. One could try to find something witty and knowing, but it’s doubtful that whatever you find would be worth the effort.

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"Auteur" is on sale April 21, 2015 and is not rated. Horror. Directed by George Cameron Romero. Written by James Cullen Bressack, JD Fairman, Michael Sean Gomez. Starring Bj Hendricks, Eli Jane, Ian Hutton, Madeline Merritt, Matt Mercer, Tom Sizemore.

Jun
29
2015
Anders Nelson • Associate Editor

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