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Auteur (2014/MVD DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: C- Film: C

Independent filmmaker Cameron Romero brings us Auteur (2014), a frightening look into the disappearance of a Hollywood filmmaker who was up to no good and dabbling in demon possession. Told in a found footage style, the film is at times slow paced but keeps you interested with dark photography (lensed by Romero himself) and the lead in B.J. Hendricks that gives you a 'nice guy' character to stand behind. If you are a fan of demonic possession and found footage than this might definitely be worth checking out.

Jack Humphries (B.J. Hendricks) introduces himself right off as a "failed documentarian". He's decided that he can rehabilitate his career by making a film about notorious flameout horror director Charlie Buckwald (Ian Hutton), who threw his future away when he walked away with all the footage from his masterpiece, Demonic. Buckwald now lives as a hermit, somewhere in the Los Angeles area, and Jack is determined to find him. Whether Jack wants to make an artistic statement, or whether he merely wants to please his father who produced Demonic and would like to recoup his investment, is a question and a source of tension throughout.

This is Romero's third film, this one paralleling moments of his first feature film, The Screening, being that they are both about a mysteriously dark filmmaker as was it were but as films they couldn't be more different. His highly underrated second film, Staunton Hill, shows range to the filmmaker as well as that was more of a backstory Texas Chainsaw Massacre-esque thrill ride. Here, Romero proves that he is quite a different filmmaker than his Father and has some interesting ideas and a keen talent with photography. The highlight of the film is Tom Sizemore, who plays himself in a chilling cameo performance that definitely makes it worth a watch.

Being that this is a DVD, the sound and picture are captured in standard definition with a 1.75:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track. A Blu-ray release would definitely be beneficial along with more extras; here, we are only given a trailer.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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