Dark August

1976

Horror / Mystery / Thriller

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IMDb Rating 4.7 10 104

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Kim Hunter as Adrianna Putnam
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87 min
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87 min
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Reviewed by rsoonsa 7 / 10 / 10

Much Accomplished With A Lean Budget.

Sal DeVito (J. J. Barry), finished with New York City's problems, and separated from his spouse, has moved to Stowe, Vermont where he maintains his occupation as illustrator, encouraged by a new romantic involvement with local painter and gallery owner Jackie (Carole Shelyne). Unfortunately, soon after his arrival in the Vermont town, Sal kills a young girl who runs in the path of his auto, arousing the animus of her grandfather with whom she lived, who then places a curse upon Sal, as seen when action opens, the camera focused upon the old man's mouth as he utters a lengthy malediction. After Sal and those close to him begin to suffer from a series of mysterious misfortunes, a friend of Jackie's suggests employing a local sorceress, Adrianna (Kim Hunter), to raise the spell, and a confrontation inevitably ensues between the Forces of Good and of Evil. This is the basis for a plot developed skillfully by director Martin Goldman who, alongside the two principal players, is responsible for a script that is cobbled as the film is being shot, resulting in a naturalistic feeling with no lapse of interest to a viewer. A high level of intensity characterizes the acting by the entire cast, with the laurels not unexpectedly going to the accomplished Hunter, who cunningly creates her role as a latter-day shamaness within a mundane setting. Cinematographer Richard E. Brooks offers a wide gamut of techniques, including frequent use of a hand held camera and effective slow tracking, while his creative use of angles and lighting produces a quality akin to cinema verité. Solely filmed on location and with little available funding, a good deal is achieved in an aesthetic sense, although shallow production values are evident in a work wherein the teeming avenues of tourist choked Stowe provide an ironic and surreal background for matters of witchcraft.

Reviewed by HumanoidOfFlesh 7 / 10 / 10

Black magic terror.

I remember reading wonderful review of "Dark August" written by Stephen Thrower in "Nightmare USA" and I wanted to see the film so badly.It finally happened.A young girl is accidentally killed by a car driven by a careless city artist.The girl's grandfather curses the young man.His life is turned into nightmare as he sees a mysterious figure in black."Dark August" is well-made and captivating black magic terror tale set in a small American town.It has its share of gruesome surprises and is surprisingly well-acted.The climax is memorable and horrifying.It's a crying shame that "Dark August" is so criminally obscure.But I live and breathe such obscure horror.8 out of 10.

Reviewed by BandSAboutMovies 7 / 10 / 10

Vermont folk horror

This is something I've never seen before: Vermont rural horror. Directed by Martin Goldman, who also directed The Legend of CENSORED Charley after a career in advertising, it has strange art house leanings and long takes like a French film. It also has an incredibly unlikeable lead, but hey, it was the 1970's. For being the "Me Decade," it doesn't feel like anyone liked themselves or anyone else. Sal (J.J. Barry, who also co-wrote the film along with Goldman and lead actress Carole Shelyne) is in the midst of a divorce and a resulting mid-life crisis, which has brought him to Vermont. He sets up a photography business, starts building a studio and hooks up with an artist named Jackie (Shelyne, who also appeared as Carolyne Barry), who has been through a divorce herself. It was all going so well - until Sal runs over the granddaughter of Old Man McDermitt, who just so happens to have the powers of the occult at his command. Whoops. From then on, Sal feels even more out of place than ever before. His body is constantly giving out on him, he's having visions of a hooded demon and everyone around him is getting maimed. One of his friend's girlfriends tries some tarot reading, but that just upsets him even further. Even consulting the town's foremost witch - Academy Award-winning Kim Hunter, getting top billing for her short screen time - can't stop fate, particularly when Old Man McDermitt busts in with his shotgun. Much of this film's running time is devoted to being a stranger in a strange town. Long pauses, worried glances and even moments of weakness all add up to an overwhelming feeling of dread. If you enjoy movies where things happen slowly and then everything just ends, good news. Dark August is for you. Actually, there's plenty to like here and you can see how a lesser director would make this into a Blumhouse movie of the month that would end up pissing me off. Here, it just intrigues me and I end up spending all day doing more research on this film.

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