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[Greenpoint Film Festival] ‘Indiana’ review: A quiet horror movie that will divide audiences

Another example of polarizing quiet horror.

Indiana sounds like it is going to be basic horror story. Michale (Gabe Fazio) and Josh (Bradford West) are known as the Spirit Doctors. The duo travel the Midwest and help people plagued by supernatural problems. They are met with the obvious skepticism, but those they have helped believe without reservation. Just as Michael questions leaving the business, a case comes along that piques his interest.

The movie starts off with documentary type interviews. The people interviewed talk about the nature of evil. It also sets the tone for Indiana. This is going to be more about people than traditional scares. Indiana is a quiet movie that will have trouble finding an audience. There bombastic scares in blockbuster horror is not found while the short run time does not give enough insight into the characters or story.

What story director and writer Toni Comas does give will tease audiences. There is a great moment where the Spirit Doctors are interviewed for a radio show that shows off the depth of the characters. The scene begs for more than just the furtive glances the rest of the film is content on providing Indiana does succeed in telling a contemplative story; it also asks the audience to build their own stories for the men.

Indiana does an excellent job of setting up a tone. It is definitely not the horror movie audiences will expect, but the story will intrigue some. While the plot is methodical, it also builds well to its conclusion. It is really just a matter of whether viewers will be willing to stick around. Ultimately, what people think of the movie will depend on the ending.

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