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For Richard Stanley – the acclaimed writer/director of HARDWARE and DUST DEVIL, as well as catalyst for the hit documentary LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY’S ISLAND OF DR MOREAU – the ultimate real-life horror may be just outside his door: Hidden deep within the French Pyrenees is an area known as ‘The Zone’, where a shocking convergence of ancient occult legacies may have formed a portal to other dimensions. Stanley explores this shadow-land of unexplained phenomena via chilling history, disturbing interviews and unnerving footage of his own supernatural transmutation that "will make the hair on your neck rise" (Hollywood Reporter).
Severin Films presents The Director’s Cut of this award-winning documentary – featuring cinematography by Karim Hussein (WE ARE STILL HERE) and an original score by Simon Boswell (SANTA SANGRE) – now on disc for the first time ever.
- The Making Of The Otherworld Featurette
- Deleted scenes
- Limited 2500 Bonus DVD Includes VOICE OF THE MOON, THE WHITE DARKNESS & THE SECRET GLORY with new Richard Stanley Intros & Commentary
"A GORGEOUSLY PHOTOGRAPHED, MOOD-ALTERING FILM… Part documentary, part first-hand testimony of the paranormal, and part psychedelic head trip." -The Hollywood Reporter
"MESMERIZING AND AMAZING… This is a beautiful, haunting masterpiece." -Schmollywood Babylon
"RICHARD STANLEY IS AN ARTIST IN EVERY SENSE… Brilliant and abstract, he offers a new perspective on reality." -BodyCountRising.com
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The photography is beautiful and the idea of the greater reality, if only seen through the eyes and experiences of other humans is hard to document, but this snapshot did a great job of giving hints and sharing glimpses.
(The subtitles that were used in the portions where people were speaking French became visible when I made the size of the video smaller and didn't use the whole screen to watch the documentary)
Credit goes to Mr. Stanley for allowing his subjects to tell their stories unmolested, with little editing or hokey special effects to embellish the already fantastical subject matter. The problem lies in that this is solely a document and no evidence or criticism is offered to enforce or counter anyone's claims. Frankly, everyone comes off as a loon.
One dirty old hippy-type (the defacto main character of the film) believes he's pinpointed the Cathar castle as the geographical center of powerful magnetic forces. He bases this claim on his drawing multiple concentric circles on a map. That's it. This is never fully explained or visualized.
A photographer - apparently a professional - shows off multiple examples of his capturing "orbs" on film - stating there is NO WAY they could be natural photographic phenomena.
A woman claims to have been at Montsegur in a past life. Like many past life devotees, the former she was a Lady of some renown...
A physicist claims to have seen a UFO hovering around the peak. Another man shows a picture of a UFO, stating that since the photo has never been authenticated, it's unknown if it's real or fake.
If the soundtrack wasn't so earnest, you'd swear you were watching a paranormal version of Errol Morris' "Vernon, Florida"
Despite all this, the most fascinating part of the documentary is Richard Stanley relating his personal ghost encounter at Montsegur. For whatever reason, I believe him. If he was a guest on Celebrity Ghost Stories, his would be one that would stick with you. Perhaps that's all this project should have been: a 10 minute retelling of his experience and nothing more.
Unfortunately, the film closes with Stanley and the film's co-writer, Scarlett Amaris, detailing their second encounter with the paranormal at Montsegur. Interspersed with gaudy infrared footage (the type of crudeness that was thankfully absent from the film til now) of the castle, we are regaled with a tale that - sounding more like a bad acid trip than a profound spiritual encounter - does more to take away from the legitimacy of Stanley's initial claim than back it up.
I would have liked to see the actual map and findings of his sacred geometry discoveries pertaining to the geographical location of the sites. It would have been nice to hear more about the ancient belief system of the original inhabitant rather that the lingering effects of Catholicism leading to superstitions in the Devil and belief in Heaven and Hell imprinting a skewed version of these paranormal occurrences.