10/5/13

I NEVER LEFT THE WHITE ROOM (2000)

Written by: Greigh Johanson.

Director Michael Todd Schneider became known as one of the characters in "August Underground 's Mordum". And short after his ToeTag-debut he chose to work on his own and started the film company "magGot films" and began publishing his own films. The first movie I watched was "I Never Left The White Room" from 2000, which was his own filmdebut.






Michael spent seven years with this movie. He started to working on it as a school project and it was shot between 1998 and 2000. Meanwhile, the film was titled as "My Crepitus" and was cut in a different way compared to its fully version today. It was recut in 2007 since the original edit was only done in a single week. The reason for the re-title was to allow people to give it a second chance. It's almost perfectly edited and at its first glance it looks like a jumble of raw clips and demonic imagery - but soon we will see a cleverly assembled boiling of pure psychedelic evil.

We meet Jeffery Prior, a guy who lost a foothold in life. His crumbling psyche drives him  (slowly but surely) to the madness absolute outskirts. He sits there, alone in his cell at a psychiatric clinic and his thoughts wander around dark places where demons and other creatures mixes with his own sad memories... and there's nothing anyone can do to help him. I will not pretend that this is a good film from a scriptical perspective - there's simply not any specific actions to contend with - not more than that Jeffery is in this crazy psychosis where the demonic figures revealed . But what impresses me the most is how Michael has chosen to treat the image- as well as audio-editing. You will become psychologically stressful and it is from this cinematic significance the project receives its full value. After a while, one feels a discomfort that directly is taken from a nightmarish LSD trip - It plays tricks with your inner mind.

I want to believe that this film appeals to a very small group of people. It's not made for a wider audience and it shows in some way that it's so Michael wants to work with his films. It's like an artistic mind behind it and having the strenght fighting with symbolic aspects do not promote all people. You must have an open knowledge around the topic and understand its artistic sentences ' otherwise it is extremely difficult to absorb this type of film.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.




Directed by: Michael Todd Schneider
Written by: Michael Todd Schneider
Produced by: Michael Todd Schneider
Cinematography by: Michael Todd Schneider
Editing by: Michael Todd Schneider
Special Effects by: Michael Todd Schneider
Music by: Parvulus Infectus, porcelain magGot
Cast: Eric James, Tom Colbert, Rich Atha, Annie Night, Crystal Roberts, Michael Todd Schneider
Year: 2000
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 15min

Distributor: maGgot Films


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