Go Down Death (2014)



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Go Down Death is a wry, sinister realization of a strange new universe, a cross-episodic melange of macabre folktales supposedly penned by the fictitious writer Jonathan Mallory Sinus. An abandoned factory in Brooklyn stands in for a decrepit village haunted by ghosts, superstition and disease, while threatening to buckle under rumblings of the apocalypse. Soldiers are lost and found in endless woods, a child gravedigger is menaced by a shapeshifting physician, a syphilitic john bares all to a young prostitute and a disfigured outcast yearns for the affections of a tone-deaf cabaret singer. Highlighted by offbeat narrative construction, stunning black-and-white 16mm cinematography and immaculately detailed production design, Go Down Death is a distinctively original film informed by American Gothic, folk culture and outsider art. (c) Factory 25

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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Its off-kilter use of the past feels a bit mannered (and dated to an earlier decade of design and music revival). But the nostalgia is sharpened to a point ...

Mar 28, 2014 | Full Review…

A captivating excursion into surrealist Americana ...

Mar 25, 2014 | Full Review…

Affectations trump substance in self-conscious art film.

Mar 24, 2014 | Full Review…

[Aaron] Schimberg provides an unsettling backdrop that should be the envy of directors with much bigger budgets. But he refuses to give structure to the fever dream that inspired his script.

Aug 31, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

...it's hard to sustain interest in a film that serves primarily to communicate someone else's belief in their own cleverness.

Jul 1, 2014 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

"Go Down Death" is visually stunning and, at times, darkly funny.

May 13, 2014 | Full Review…

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