Tired of the corporate grind, Jim Polk quits his "9-to-5" job and leaves the big city in search of a simpler life. Renting a modest farmhouse in the small town of Mt. Prospect, Jim quickly discovers that there's more to this town, and his new home, than first meets the eye. Jim's bedroom overlooks Moloch Manor, a distant, decaying mansion that residents say is haunted. Local legend claims the spirit of Old Amon roams Moloch Manor's grounds as well as Mt. Prospect itself. Soon, strange and frightening events start to unfold around Jim and the trappings of his own beliefs begin to unravel. Yet there are secrets about Moloch Manor and even Jim's farmhouse that he is unaware. WITH YOU is a classic ghost story about the suspense and fea built around a deadly haunting and the consequences that its characters must confront.
With You is by far one of the beest independent ghost stories I've seen in recent memory...filled to overflowing with bumps, thumbs, and oh-my-God-did-I-just-see-that moments, all of which are finely tuned for maximum scares. --Inside the Meatgrinder
Christensen went and did it. He scared the [heck] out of me... [And] put together a chilling, low-budget affair that works far above its means... [The movie] was interesting, the characters were engaging and the scares were highly effective. [WITH YOU] is highly recommended. FOUR stars. --JoeHorror.com
A hauntingly good film... [that] builds upon each layer of subtle horror... [Christensen] has literally turned a legend into reality for the viewer, and don t be surprised if you catch yourself (every now and then) looking over your shoulder. --Horror-Movies.ca
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It's amazing what was obviously accomplished on a small budget, & would like to see more from this team!
I quite liked that the person in jeopardy was a fully clothed male and not a scantily clad female in high heels. It was nice to see an average joe in trouble--hey, that could be any one of us up on the screen. And, whether by design or by accident, the fact that the average joe's average apartment looked like a place almost any one of us has had to live in at one time or another. (Yeah, the key word here is average) A lot of the movie took place in broad daylight, which you don't see too often.
Another plus was the effort made to transplant and translate antiquarian British ghost story motifs into the 21st century American heartland. MJ.R. James might have grinned a bit to see some of his tropes woven into the story.
That being said...there isn't a whole lot of story and what there is requires the characters to act like idiots to move the plot forward. Mr. Klein keeps looking over his collection of newspaper clippings but doesn't get around to telling Jim to GET OUT. Once Jim and his friend realize that there ARE no new neighbors, he goes right back into his haunted apartment. As another reviewer mentioned,the police officer is pretty dense about what's going on and if he is Mt. Prospect's "finest", Mt. Prospect has even bigger troubles than Amon Moloch. People who live in that apartment keep disappearing and NO ONE NOTICES? Again, this would have been a great place to add in the information found on the webpage. Have the main characters work together to research this place that has been there for centuries and which no one is willing to talk about. But...nooooo....they just go on acting like idiots.
My other issue is that I couldn't tell if the actors were wooden or if they were struggling with some of the clunkiest dialogue ever written. It's difficult to write expository dialogue anyway, but when your characters keep telling each other "and this is the strangest thing" and go on to add something that isn't particularly strange while ignoring the fact that they previously delivered a whole cartload of information that was even stranger--it's annoying. Another scene has Mr. Klein delivering lots of creepy noninformation and then suddenly switching gears and getting very chipper. The delivery of all this non information made my ears bleed.
And, as has been pointed out, the ending seems to come from left field and leaves you wondering exactly what the point was. The scene is certainly creepy and I wouldn't want to be where Jim is...but exactly what did it all have to do with Amon Moloch and his evil? Was Mr. Klein possessed? Does Amon need possess the dead so he can feed on the living? What was his deal?
All that said, I was sufficiently creeped out that I had to sleep with several lights on, so Christensen is on the right track as far as I am concerned. If he can polish his craft, write smooth dialogue that sounds like real people talking and learn to handle exposition without stuffing it in in big chunks with both hands...I think there may be a chance we will be hearing good things about his sophomore effort. I'll watch it anyway, during the day, with all the lights on.
I have to go...something is going bump in the kitchen.