Starring: Jeff Allen, Jorge Ameer
Director: Jorge Ameer
Reviewed by David J. Wing

Jack Peruci (Jeff Allen) is a mythology professor. He acquires an antique artifact from Kao, a shady witchdoctor (Jorge Ameer). When he returns to his home to study his recent acquisition, he experiences a series of supernatural encounters. As Jack gets lured by this strange force, the gorgon MEDUSA uses all earthly means available to take possession of what’s she’s after…Jack’s soul. Through her supernatural powers, she manipulates Jack’s surroundings creating pandemonium in order to enter his world. From that moment on, Jack suffers from increasingly disturbing nightmares. As these nightmares intensify, Jack recruits his best friend, Steven Craig (Tom Struckhoff), a psychologist who specializes in hypnotherapy, to help him solve this mystery. Steven, through his sessions, unveils that Jack’s bloodline is key to his paranormal disruptions. As Jack falls prey to the evil that haunts him, he must fight the ghostly disturbances head on in order to avoid his soul to be used as the vessel of resurrection.

Much of what we see in Medusa sadly falls short. Whether it be the shockingly bad lead actor, the atrocious sound editing or the severely limited shot designs, the film simply fails across the board. Much of this could have been avoided had the director been able to fund the project better and not found himself cast in far too many roles to manage. Wearing the Director/Executive Producer/Producer/Editor/Actor hats, Jorge Ameer has missed the opportunity most dream of. He has created a feature film on a shoe string. It is a laudable achievement and in some cases, a successful one. Not so on this occasion.

The lead, Jeff Allen, spends most of the film walking back and forth, trying to remember his lines and believing that if he looks intentionally thoughtful, he might fool the audience into thinking he actually attended acting school. The witch doctor, Ameer, is possibly the worst addition to the cast. His over-acting is painful to watch. The special effects are minimal and had there been a budget to speak of, more of it should have gone that way. The cinematography is often locked-off, suggesting the D.O.P. popped to the toilet during takes and we are left wishing for a shot that isn’t in a box sized room or shot in the near dark.

Supernatural genre films tend to work on small budgets because the writer and director understand that they need to pick a style. Ameer forgot. At points I thought we were going the Blair Witch Project route, on others I imagined it going for a touch of The Evil Dead. It all boils down to choice. The director seems to have spent more time producing, and not enough time designing his film.

About David Wing

I am a former English Language teacher, having lived in the South of Brazil for nearly three years. I am currently reading for a Masters in Creative Writing, have won a couple of Flash Fiction and Poetry competitions and enjoy a wide variety of horror and science fiction films. I am particularly partial to the works of John Carpenter.