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Things 666

Dir. Joe Sherlock (2021)

An anthology film featuring three tales of terror from Skullface Astronaut.

I'm a big fan of director Joe Sherlock and his fun brand of indie horror. He focuses heavily on the funny, delivering films that are brilliantly low budget with a ton of great (and sometimes laughably not so great) gore. It's fun SOV filmmaking at its finest, never failing to give the audience a fun ride while also never taking itself with an ounce of serious. This time, we're looking at the fourth sequel to one of the worst films ever made, the 1989 shot-on-video cult classic Things. Yes, I know this one is billed as Things 6(66), but the first sequel was Things 3. For reasons.

This time around, Things is an anthology film telling three tales of woe. In the first, two sisters are facing a traumatic event, supporting each other through their survival, but they quickly find out there's something dangerous lurking beneath the house. In the second film, a struggling bartender finds a haunted doll, which does not help things get any better. Finally, the third short is about a cam girl who receives an incredibly dangerous tip. All three come together to form a watchable and ridiculously fun indie anthology from the Haus of Sherlock.

The tale of two sisters (no relation to the film of the same name) serves as the wraparound, but the wraparound-within-a-wraparound is an Alex Jones-style conspiracy theory web series that is obnoxious in its relation to reality. The show is about false flags, lizard people, and something called the Roundtable of Zion, which I'm pretty sure is about as anti-Semitic as Marjorie Taylor Green's space lasers. It's terrifying that things like this actually exist, but Sherlock makes brilliant use of the disgusting internet program to introduce his segments.

Sherlock's films always star regular people doing regular things with a monster or two thrown in for good measure, and Things 666 is no different. It's a cheapie indie and it knows it, leaning into its quality and becoming a good film regardless because of the talent of the writers and the people on-screen. This is one of the better acted films in Sherlock's filmography, with every actor giving their all and most of them knocking it out of the park. Standout performances from Melody Berg, Jewel Siren, and Tonjia Atomic carry the film, and their segment is by far the best in the film. That's not to say that the film has the quality of more serious indie fare, because of course it doesn't. The beauty of Skullface Astronaut's films are that they know very well what they are and they've got zero problem with it. As someone who likes these types of films, it's a joy to see, because so many people take themselves far too seriously.

That's never even threatened with these films. It's self-aware B-grade (or lower) horror, and it has no illusions that it's ever going to climb any higher than that. It's lighthearted horror that never tries to be anything else, and I respect the hell out of that. Each and every Skullface Astronaut flick feels like it wasn't made for anyone but the people in it, and from every report I've heard, Sherlock and his crew of merry men and women are loving every second of the process. And as long as they're making these films, I'm going to be loving it right along with them.

Who this movie is for: Indie anthology devotees, Indie horror/comedy fans, Cynthia, who I can assure you is a lying sack of shit

Bottom line: Joe Sherlock's films are an acquired taste, but if you're a fan of the type of indie horror comedy that he makes, you're going to love every second of this one. It's serious when it needs to be, hilarious at others, and actually takes a turn dealing with a serious societal issue, which is uncommon for Sherlock's work. This one is as fun as always, and I definitely recommend checking it out if you get the chance. Once it becomes available for screening, you'll be able to find it at Skullface Astronaut.

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