A manic-depressed and drug filled Bill wakes up to find the beaten and brutalized body of a young woman in his bathtub. Unable to remember anything the occurred, Bill has to try and piece together what happened and who she is while the wall between reality and nightmarish-hallucinations begins to break down.
It's said that necessity is the mother of all inventions; the same could be said for Marcus Koch's new movie "Fell". The concept, born out of frustration and desperation to get something made during the troubles of a failing shoot. Marcus along with stars Jeff Dylan Graham and Katie Walters sat down and wrote what would become "Fell", an experimental drama that explores the world of a person with a damaged brain trapped in a psychological-horror world. It's actually quite a shock to see the guy who once gave us the splatterfest "100 Tears" was able to make such a drastically different movie, and that he pulled it off too.
"Fell" is about Bill, a manic-depressive whose world comes crashing down around him when he wakes up to find the dead body of a brutalized girl in his bathtub. Being in a constant semi-conscious state brought on by perpetually filling his system with drugs, Bill has to piece together his shattered memories of the night while trying to avoid being trapped in his nightmarish delusions.
Marcus definitely stepped up to the plate by making a movie that is a very different and an extreme contrast to his previous movies "Rot" and "100 Tears". While not an easy task for any filmmaker and something that will probably disappoint those looking for another blood bath, "Fell" is a stupendous piece of no-budget filmmaking. The movie is a slow-burn up until the very end that makes you piece together the story with subtle hints as to the truth of what actually occurred. With its minimal cast and isolated location this more drama than horror movie will challenge those with short attention spans and will reward those who can appreciate this moody psychological piece.
The movie keeps things interesting by having the imagery and style match the movie's psychological themes by experimenting with the editing and often creating surreal imagery with the cinematography. It helps to draw you in and in a way make you apart Bill's world of hallucinations and nightmares, by questioning what is real and what is not. Almost making you feel uneasy with the movie's sickly yellow-redish tint and at times ear-piercing sound design. The different aspects of the film: the cinematography, editing, sounds, etc. It all come together amazingly well that you can't help but be pulled into the movie and appreciate what was done with so little.
I don't want to hype up "Fell" for anyone or make it sound like this amazing one-of-a-kind flick, but it's hard not to be impressed with the movie when it does such a good job of bringing you into the story. It creates a solid atmosphere that while is more drama than horror, it is still just as intense. It is also one of the better psychological movies where you have to try and piece together the story along with the protagonist. Of course being a fan of movies that are willing to do things differently made me a bit biased towards "Fell"
especially since it experiments with the audio and visual aspects (something I'm always down for). The willingness and attempts at doing things differently made the movie look and feel a bit surreal at times it also draws out that feeling of terror from breaking down mentally. "Fell" isn't perfect; some of the acting can't be a little touch-and-go at times, a couple scenes kind of feel irrelevant to the story, some of the dialogue is hard to hear, and it is slow. But "Fell" is one of those movies, and while I say it often, the good out weighs the bad and is one of the better movies where the main character's mind is their own worst enemy.