March 9, 2007, - 4:43 pm

DVD Review: “With You”

By Debbie Schlussel
Many filmmakers send me movies to review. Some are big movie studios who want to reach my audience. Others are unknown, independent, small-budget first-timers trying to make it big. Their movies have never made it to a movie theater near you.
Many of the first-timers and/or low-budgeteers usually don’t have the greatest of movies, and I wonder where the time went I spent watching something that wasn’t entertaining. “With You” is different. For a horror thriller, I think it’s pretty good. And the production values are quite good, too.
“With You” is written, produced, directed, and edited by Jason Christensen on a shoelace budget. It’s really amazing what he was able to do with very little.

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The movie, which is an hour and 40 minutes long, is about Jim Polk–a Gen-Xer desk jockey who is tired of the grind of his job and his insufferable boss. He quits and decides to move to the country, take a menial job, and write. But Jim soon finds that the farmhouse he is renting is haunted and looks out on a mansion in which a murder took place. No-one has ever made it out of the farmhouse alive.
The movie is scary and haunting, the way it was meant to be. I like the way the film uses spiders and other such tactics to scare you. It’s novel and new. The hearse adds to the haunting aura of the flick. And the use of selected scary music and sound effects is masterful. The best performance in the movie is that of actor Mike Pish, who plays Sloan, a neurotically suspicious but loyal friend who is actually on to something.
Although parts of the movie move slowly and it could be shortened by at least 10 minutes (and probably 20), the movie achieves its goal of frightening the viewer without unnecessary gore and blood.
For an independent film, this one impresses and definitely has the creep factor down. The movie is convincing, and I also like the movie’s somewhat ambiguous ending, which keeps you thinking about what actually happened. Not everything needs to be neatly explained by movie’s end.
Visit the “With You” website, scary music and all.

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3 Responses

I’M NOT much for “scary” movies but I will have a look at this one because you described a “package and delivery” that seem quite a bit different from the present mold used by the big “houses”.
One of the most enjoyable movies I ever saw was the “Tao of Steve” that probably cost around 14 cents to make, but went on to win a Sundance Film Festival award.

The Canadien on March 10, 2007 at 10:44 am

i hatebscary movies i suggest artie lang beer league its getting close to softball season and this movie is the bull durham of that sport

PNAMARBLE on March 11, 2007 at 9:44 am

I live out past Fowlerville deep in the “counrty”.
My kids and I always laugh at the begining of scary movies when city people start driving out to the sticks.
I gets so quiet at night one can hear the trucks on I-96 eight miles away. It’s nice and dark at night too.
I’ll watch this indy flick, you make it sound fun.
Debbie,
Did you see “The Descent”?

Walt from michigan on March 12, 2007 at 9:49 am

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