Climate of the Hunter Review – intoxicating vampire film from ‘Backwoods Bergman’ | Movies

IIf you’re a fan of the Oklahoma DIY arts scene, you’ve probably heard of “The Flyover Cooper” AKA “The Backwoods Bergman” AKA musician and filmmaker Mickey Reece. For everyone else: welcome to the party. This lazy and lascivious vampire film is the first of the indie writer’s 37 no-budget films to make it well beyond the film festivals of the US Southwest. Reece humbly described his style as “people talking in rooms” – but what kind of people! His other films are about demonically possessed nuns, cryogenically frozen country singers, and Elvis Presley; Climate of the Hunter is a kind of erotic 1970s horror pastiche about two middle-aged sisters, Alma (Ginger Gilmartin) and Elizabeth (Mary Buss), vying for the attention of their houseguest.

The philosophizing Lothario Wesley (Ben Hall) is an old friend, but he seems to have changed in the two decades since they last saw him. During the day he sleeps, has developed a garlic allergy and is despised by his adult son Percy (Sheridan McMichael), whose camp mustiness is very similar to Dan Levy in Schitt’s Creek. Alma’s conspiracy theorist neighbor BJ Beavers (Jacob Ryan Snovel) is the first to suggest that Wesley may not be “one of us.”

As for Reece’s “room,” Climate of the Hunter was clearly recorded in a friend’s off-season vacation home, possibly for a week between bookings, but it’s no less exhilarating. The dialogues fuse craziness with melodrama and every detail, from the nauseating spreads of the dinner – tuna jello salad, anyone? – to Elizabeth’s harsh white eye make-up, a reminder of how fun even the weirdest art films can be. Sure, there isn’t much of a storyline, but these Mickey Reece films are a vibe of their own. The campaign for a BFI season starts here.

Climate of the Hunter will be released on August 23rd on digital platforms.

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