15 March 2018

Review: MindFlesh (2008)

MindFlesh is the second full length feature from the director of London Voodoo (2004), Robert Pratten, and is described as, "a psycho-sexual horror/thriller about obsession."

Chris Jackson is a taxi driver with a childhood trauma. The trauma has made him a portal for obsessions to pass from the mind to the physical world and hence disrupt the world's multiple planes of reality. Extraterrestrials that police the universe threaten to kill Chris' friends unless he conquers his past.

Based on William Scheinman's novel White Light the film relocates the setting from San Francisco to London. MindFlesh treads similar ground to David Cronenberg's early work but with Buddhist sensibilities. If that sounds like an unlikely combination, well it is, but somehow the film all hangs together well.

Reviewers have commented that the film is, "complete mind fuck that is not afraid to take the viewer to some unexpected places," (www.eatmybrains.com) while Total Film described it as, "mean, cruel and breathtaking..."

At a lean 75 minutes the film doesn't outstay it's welcome, and in spite of the short running time Pratten builds the tension slowly and effectively. There are images and moments in MindFlesh that will linger with you long after the projector bulb has been extinguished.