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The Alchemist Cookbook (2016)

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Young outcast Sean has isolated himself in a trailer in the woods, setting out on alchemic pursuits, with his cat Kaspar as his sole companion. Filled with disdain for authority, he's fled the daily grind and holed up in the wilderness, escaping a society that has no place for him. But when he turns from chemistry to black magic to crack nature's secret, things go awry and he awakens something far more sinister and dangerous. From the mind of acclaimed American filmmaker Joel Potrykus (BUZZARD, APE), THE ALCHEMIST COOKBOOK is an Official Selection of the 2016 South by Southwest Film Festival.

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The movie peaks at its midpoint with a chilling nocturnal encounter that blurs the line between hallucination and the genuinely supernatural; the rest of the movie pivots around it, but slowly.

November 3, 2016 | Full Review…

A chapter-driven series of sketchy scenes powered by a striking, manic performance by lead actor Ty Hickson.

November 1, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Whatever The Alchemist Cookbook has to express, it expresses through scenes that feel as though someone were dared to do something while a camera rolled, in the near-extinct tradition of the transgressive underground movie.

October 5, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

While "The Alchemist Cookbook" certainly won't be for everyone, it will surely delight and surprise those who can grok its idiosyncratic content.

July 6, 2016 | Full Review…

Hickson's largely silent performance is superb (in the kind of complex role not typically given to black actors in modern horror movies), never overselling his creeping madness.

March 20, 2017 | Full Review…

A different kind of horror film.

December 15, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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