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Go Down Death2013

  • 3.4
GO DOWN DEATH is a wry, sinister realization of a strange new universe, a cross-episodic melange of macabre folktales supposedly penned by the fictitious writer Jonathan Mallory Sinus. An abandoned factory in Brooklyn stands in for a decrepit village haunted by ghosts, superstition and disease, while threatening to buckle under rumblings of the apocalypse. Soldiers are lost and found in endless woods, a child gravedigger is menaced by a shapeshifting physician, a syphilitic john bares all to a young prostitute and a disfigured outcast yearns for the affections of a tone-deaf cabaret singer. Highlighted by offbeat narrative construction, stunning black-and-white 16mm cinematography and immaculately detailed production design, GO DOWN DEATH is a distinctively original film informed by American Gothic, folk culture and outsider art.

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"Amidst all the cookie-cutter indies. . .GO DOWN DEATH casts a mysterious spell. The feature debut of this Brooklyn-based filmmaker is a dreamy, highly stylized affair recalling early David Lynch or Guy Maddin." - Scott Macaulay, Filmmaker Magazine


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What a bizarre film!!!! Lots of stories going on at once. Part surrealist film, part drama, even some comedy thrown in. I cant say I didnt like it, but I dont think I would watch it again. I will give the director props for originality. I have never seen a film quite like this.

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2 ½. Nothing much ties numerous vignettes together except location: a bombed-out, surreal hamlet near a WWI front. Time passes in a cantina/brothel where girls and johns speak in ridiculous doggerel about things like pork chops.

This sounds more interesting than it really is, though there are some pretty funny moments, and the costumes and sets in the first three-quarters of the movie are great.

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50/50_i really liked parts & didn't like others _sort of a freak show that sometimes works & other times falls flat but i like it visually