Go Down Death

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“Go Down Death”
In Monochromanical Eye-Straining 2-D

Go Down DeathCategory:  Comedy
Country:  U.S.
Language:  English
Rating:  R
Runtime:  88 min.
Director:  Aaron Schimberg
Producer:  Vanessa McDonnell

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‘An astonishing, out-of-nowhere film…a dreamy, highly stylized affair recalling early David Lynch or Guy Maddin. Highly recommended.’ – Scott Macaulay, Filmmaker Magazine

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 warehouse in Greenpoint, 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 shape-shifting 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.

“A unique, strange, unforgettable film, a half-remembered dream that will trouble and beguile the subconscious long after you’ve moved on. (A-)”
– Gabe Toro, Indiewire

“One of the best films of the year! An uncompromising feast of vision and atmosphere.”
– Kentucker Audley, NoBudge

“Robert Altman meets Tod Browning…an immaculate, offbeat triumph. Rarely do homespun independent filmmakers convey such a distinctively original vision.”
– Jon Dieringer, Screen Slate

“Irresistible! A resolutely modern filmic experience. Schimberg appropriates the language of cinema and obeys only the rules he sets out for himself. The result is a thrilling leap into the unknown.”
– Simon Laperrière, Fantasia

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