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Moonchild 2009 NR

(1) IMDb 2.3/10

A young painter checks into a strange hotel. There, he finds himself haunted by weird, shadowy visions. There's also something very odd about the people at the hotel. The young man seems to know them, yet they're all strangers to him. What is the strange secret of the mysterious hotel, its inhabitants, and the moonchild? Bizarre, but quite good.

Starring:
Victor Buono, John Carradine
Runtime:
1 hour, 23 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Drama, Horror
Director Alan Gadney
Starring Victor Buono, John Carradine
Supporting actors William Challee, Janet Landgard, Pat Renella, Mark Travis, Frank Corsentino, Marie Denn, Jack H. Conrad, Robert Randles, Andrew Chiaramonte, George Parrish
Studio CreateSpace
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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... this would be it. What a strange, trippy film this is! An astonishing cast, considering its very obviously amateur origins - a student film produced as a master's thesis, written and directed by Alan Gadney, who would sadly never make another film. Yet it stars Victor Buono and William Challee (mostly known from numerous television roles), Janet Landgard (The Swimmer), and John Carradine (who appeared in an incredible 233 movies over a 57 year career!). Carradine's performance is the true high point of Moonchild.

A young artist is lured into a dreamlike hotel which had once been a mission in the middle of the desert. Check-in in mandatory, but there appears to be no procedure for checking out. (Sound familiar?) The other guests all strangely know the young artist, who also feels he somehow knows them as well (or should). And they definitely have sinister, ulterior motives for wishing his stay.

Don't want to give away any spoilers here, as this movie is very much a Rorschach Test, where the viewer makes what he will of the eerie, phantasmagorical scenes that make up the "plot" (such as there is). It's unfortunate that Gadney would never follow up this first attempt, because it shows definite, but unachieved promise.

By no stretch of the imagination a "great" movie (in fact, by any objective standards, it's not even "good"), but if you have an open mind, you will not regret the 90 minutes it takes to watch it. (And while you're doing so, watch for the microphone boom slip into view for a few seconds at the top of the frame during the bell polishing scene!)
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