Jefferey Prior is a nut who's mind is slowly but surely driving him towards hell. Alone in his cell his head wanders away to darker places where demonic dream creatures and his own memories haunts, and there is nothing anyone can do to help.
After watching this film a couple of times more since the first review I figured the review deserved a rewrite, as my opinions have changed, or should I say, grown. I'll also throw in that I wanted to rewrite the review after I helped Sick Films get it released here in Sweden. It's a good release with plenty of neat extras, and limited to 500 copies! It's still available to get from Michael Todd Schneider himself too, on a burned copy with other extras. I should also say that it comes with an extra disc (I think some has been getting "Grotesque Fantasies"). Anyway, it's just great to see a Swedish release for a film that I enjoy as much as this one.
The film is about Jefferey Prior (played by Michael Todd Schneider himself) and takes us through a afterlife mindfuck. A place so dark and messed up that Lucifer would be shivering and peeing his pants. Demonic creatures, necrophilia and other fucked up scenarios are just a few of the things that poor little Jefferey has to go through as his head slips into post-life madness. To keep the plot of the film short, because it's not a story-driven film, I will say that it's basicly a great surrealistic trip on a zero budget. In fact, he made the film as a school project, except he did the final editing a couple of years later (2007). It was called "My Crepitus" before that, and from what I've heard it was plenty different.
It seems that not everyone enjoys this film as much as I do, but I can see why. It's not your typical movie in any way. Honestly, there's nothing like this out there (except for some of Michael's other films, I suppose). At times it's cheesy, but at times it's close to amazing. This is one of the reasons why I enjoy this so much. It's one of the films that has inspired me the most when it comes to making films. After watching this film I decide to try and make my first experimental short film, and I haven't been able to stop since then. It proves that you don't need a big budget or fancy equipment to make one hell of a strange film. I respect Michael Todd Schneider for doing that, there's only a handful of films that have gotten myself interested in really making films myself.
The effects are really good in here. You can tell Michael Todd Schneider knows his stuff, and it's no surprise that he would go on to work on one of the most realistic independent films to date ("August Underground's Mordum"). There's one particular scene I really fell in love with, it's an axe that completely smashes a face (and takes a few fingers along with it). Just fantastic stuff for the budget and small crew, if you ask me!
To sum it up, "I Never Left The White Room" isn't the perfect film, but it really messes with your head. It inspired me alot upon first viewing, and I can't help but love it for that. It's not a film you can watch too much as it's so different to what you're used to, but I think it's a great effort.