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Mindflesh (2008)



Mindflesh may be an independent film, but the quality of the production is much closer to big budget than the vast majority of movies that I review for Film Apocalypse.  Based on the book White Light by William Scheinman, Mindflesh takes you on a surreal and unsettling ride through the darkness of obsessions brought to life.  Although the film isn't quite a sci-fi, horror, drama or fantasy, it has elements of all four and director Robert Pratten manages to make that work very well.  Everything from the pacing and editing to the acting and directing, from the cinematography and special effects to the audio track and musical score is all right up there with the big studios.  I've written reviews for several independent films that had a quality at least equal to a Sci-Fi channel original movie, but Mindflesh is even more professional looking than even those films.

The plot revolves around Chris Jackson, a man who has accidentally allowed a childhood trauma to open a doorway into another dimension.  The objects of his obsessions are becoming a little too real.  He has spent much of his recent past logging information about a mysterious woman who keeps appearing before him out of thin air all around the city.  His obsession with finding out about her has affected his relationships and his job, but he just can't give up the quest to figure out more about this glorious vision of a woman.  As he gets closer to the truth about her, the reality around him begins to unravel.

Filled with alien encounters, visions of a beautiful woman, bizarre hallucinations and a good bit of nudity, sex, blood and gore, Mindflesh is really an astounding movie; especially for an independent film.  The blood and gore area all very well done.  The pacing is great and keeps the film moving for the entire duration.  There aren't any long, drawn out scenes just for the sake of squeezing a few more minutes out of the footage.  The acting is so good that you don't notice that it's acting.  If you enjoy sexy, bloody, Sci-Fi Thrillers, you should definitely go out and find a copy of Mindflesh!

For more information, check out the website here:

Official Mindflesh Website

Gore-o-meter rating: 3 out of 5
(well done blood and gore)

Skin-o-meter: 3 out of 5 (contains nudity and several bizarre sex scenes)