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9 Lives of Mara (2007)

Chad Donella , Patrick Bauchau , Balaji K. Kumar  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Chad Donella, Patrick Bauchau, Bret Loehr, Pollyanna McIntosh, Aspen Payge
  • Directors: Balaji K. Kumar
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Terra-Synergetic
  • DVD Release Date: February 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,139,916 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Winner FRIGHT NIGHT FILM FESTIVAL Winner HP LOVECRAFT FILM FESTIVAL Official Selection: Full Moon Horror Film Festival \ LA Femme Film Festival \ Rock and Shock Film Festival \ Best of Fest \ Rio de Janeiro Intl Film Festival --Imdb

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Twelve-year-old Robin is in turmoil following the death of his mother. This is when she appears, an amorous intruder threatening to invade his home and bewitch his dad. This darkly sexual and mysterious woman appears hell-bent on becoming the children s stepmother something young Robin refuses to accept. Encouraging him all the way is his best friend Larry, a foul-mouthed Iago to Robin s Othello. Larry s always on hand with a scary comic book or urban legend to further goad Robin in his murderous beliefs. But there is far more to both Larry and the intruder than meets the eye. Thus begins Robin s inextricable path toward insanity and murder. Using innovative visual techniques, director Balaji K. Kumar keeps us guessing with this slick and haunting Oedipal tale, 9 LIVES OF MARA, which speaks to our darkest fears of madness and malevolence.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Gem Suffering Undeserved Obscurity October 1, 2011
This film was screened at the HP Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland Oregon in roughly 2007 and was well received by the audience. It is not an HPL story but it captures a mood of psychological horror and mystery and deals with the lines between fantasy and reality and sanity and madness, well-suited to the festival. It stood out as a sophisticated, well crafted, written, shot, acted, and edited film. I was disappointed and surprised that it was not quickly picked up for broad release at that time. It is a montage of mixed time and place as our young protagonist wrestles with the presence of a mysterious new woman in the household. It's a dark and deliberately paced (i.e., slow, but suitably so) film and a somewhat quiet movie. The dialogue is superior and the performances are so natural that you are pulled into the story with the characters. Shadowy visual images contrasted with subtle sounds are memorable. There was an especially engaging performance by one of the young actors, who managed to spew out the lines of explitives given him and achieve the intended disarming humor and endearment. If I recall correctly, this was the first feature film by the director (Bilaji) Kumar,who fielded some Q&A and showed himself to be a downight nice guy on top of the obvious talent displayed with the film. I became an immediate fan, but unfortunately, apparently the film still awaits release and sadly has not found its way to the mainstream yet, which further suggests that we may not see another from this director for some time - our loss. I hope its listing here (as of 2011) means that it will soon be released. My recollection puts this at 5 stars, one that I yearn to see again, but I leave it a 4 until I have a chance to see it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great thriller January 20, 2010
I saw this movie some time ago (without having any expectations), and I was pleasantly surprised.
I Totally recommend this movie!
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