review by Bobby Blakey
Filmmaker Mel House has mad love for horror and has been bringing his own vision to the genre for years with films like Closet Space and Psychic Experiment. His latest film, The Mystery Spot features another great cast including Graham Skipper, Lisa Wilcox, and scream queen Debbie Rochon. Could this film bring a new look at the genre or will it not be worth checking into?
Mystery Spot follows a number of lost souls who find refuge in a small motel in the middle of nowhere, its only distinguishing characteristic being the ruins of an old Mystery Spot—a long-dead roadside attraction with strange metaphysical powers. Nathan and Rachel find solace in one another, both attempting to escape dark pasts that seem to be using the Mystery Spot to go from being painful shadows of their lives to very real entities of the present. Everyone at the Mystery Spot will be affected by its unique properties, but only some will survive its reality-shattering implications.
In a world of big budget over the top cinematic features it is important to also spend some time in the indie film world. I always try to head into these kinds of films with a different set of eyes recognizing what the filmmaker was trying to say or accomplish and more often than not it’s much more impressive. For his latest film House has brought in a tight form dialogue for this supernatural-esque drama. It isn’t an overly exciting film, but it’s not supposed to be. It’s a film of loss and acceptance that doesn’t necessarily offer up a happy ending, but instead one that brings closure of sorts.
There is an element with the overall story that you will understand, but also some that you will likely have to come to your own conclusion which I think makes for a more compelling experience. There are some issues here and there, but it’s a solid film that tells the story it set out to do and a clear direction for its outcome. This is one of those films that won’t work for everyone especially those not willing to give indie cinema a try, but I enjoyed what House put together and accomplished with this production.
Decide for yourself and check out The Mystery Spot when it hits VOD and digital on October 7th from Terror Films.