LO (2009)

Written by Greigh Johanson

To tell a story from the confines of a demonic circle may seem like a serious risky choose, but the director Travis Betz take that chance and perform it in a very expert way. There are so many aspects that are brilliantly assembled in this minimalist movie. It's one of those rare films that has the ability to step in several genres at once and not seek staged rules or conventions on any specific exclusive. It's really difficult to classify this piece in any specific genre, but I guess it falls in horror because of its dark nature.

Justin is desperate to find his girlfriend April after she was kidnapped by demons. To help, he uses the rare book she left behind and summons a demon by the name Lo. Justin commands Lo to find April, but Lo, on the other hand, just think Justin is entertaining and develop an agenda of his own show. With a little help from another demon named Jeez, they explain that there are certain things about his beloved April as Justin didn't know anything about.

I was thoroughly surprised by this movie. I was a little worried for a while when I noticed that the film wouldn't leave any room. Then the theatrical elements came, which thankfully furthered my uncertainty. The spectacle was excellent mixed with the dramatic aspects of a stage performance with a really nice indie charm. Sarah Lassez was impressive in her beauty as April. She was odd, bizarre and incredibly charismatic to watch at, while Ward Roberts in the role as Justin went a little too over-the-top in some comic scenes, but the ultimate romantic moment is perhaps the biggest impact in the whole movie and it shouldn't be sentenced.

The film's visual effects were stylish without being too artistic. The use of vibrant colors in flashback illusions got a bold contrast with the gloomy dark shades of gray and black in the surrounding focal point of the film. In some way, the whole film seems to emphasize the artifice as opposed to realism. The blackness of the dark apartment around the candles and the pentagram is like nothing more than a black-box in a theater with a spotlight focused on the characters.

It is imaginative, thought-provoking, visually appealing and incredibly refreshing to see such different views on filmmaking. This is a film that is imprisoned in the claustrophobic scenes that evoke a feeling that it's a theater we look at instead of a movie.

Travis Betz takes a basic story, adds a darker twist on it, and make it into something quite peculiar, and he deserves a big round of applause for that. Because Lo isn't only a unique piece of filmmaking, it's also a movie that really ends up being profound. It's entertaining, emotional, dark and disturbing at the same time. I loved this movie and I think that the final product is a true work of art. Those of you who are fascinated by the theater, love stories, dark comedies and horror will find something enjoyable with Lo, I promise you.