September 10, 2014 Mr. Jones (Movie Review)
Mr. Jones is a Horror/Thriller released by Anchor Bay on May 2nd, 2014 but debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival back in April of 2013. Karl Mueller makes his directorial debut and also penned it. It is shot in found footage style and the “Documentary” follows Scott (Jon Foster- Stay Alive 2006) and his girlfriend Penny (Sarah Jones- Alcatraz 2012) as they move out to a remote location to film a nature documentary and work on their relationship. The Documentary changes paths when Scott’s belongings are stolen and the couple go to seek out and reclaim the stolen items. In their search they come upon a cabin deep in the woods with an array of various trinkets and figures that look handmade.
Upon further investigation into the cabin, and down into the hidden cellar where they find more Eerie artwork, they realize they have stumbled onto the home of the Notorious Mr. Jones, an artist that sends out various artwork all around the world anonymously for what appears to be no reason. The artwork is praised and well-respected in the art world and is worth insane amounts of money, but there are others that think the artwork is more sinister and has evil properties. They are warned to stay away but of course they do not listen. They investigate further and their world as well as their minds start to come undone. They are pulled into a world that is between reality and nightmare. Now they are faced with the challenge to figure out whether or not the events around them are real or not. Is Mr. Jones friend or foe?
The director of the film says that he was inspired by David Lynch and the film Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind, and it shows throughout the film. This film relies more on visuals and audio to build atmosphere and tension. With a PG-13 rating, it does not have a lot to offer by the way of gory effects. What it lacks in gore it makes up for in subtle creepiness that builds throughout. The film starts off as a hopeful journey of exploration but slowly spirals out of control, and towards the end we see one of the best interpretations of what a nightmare truly feels and looks like on film. The film will be lost on people that have no patience for subtlety, but for those that love a slow burn, great creepy visuals, and unnerving audio, then you should fully appreciate the ambitious and sadly overlooked Mr. Jones. CrypticRock give this movie 4 out of 5 stars.