As a reviewer for this fine establishment, I get a lot of movies coming my way and of them the indie’s are generally my favorites. They come with the most heart, the least amount of money, and thus they fall into my heart. Kyle inadvertently became the eye of blame when his idolized older brother is killed in a farming accident. Now, 10 years later he returns to his hometown to confront his parents and townsfolk that wrongly blamed him for his brother’s death. Kyle soon realizes a mistake he made after the accident could cost him and his friends their lives.
A cult, a monster, and angry townspeople are the glue that holds this awesome indie effort together. Dooms Chapel Horror is filmed in documentary style, as Kyle has come home with his girlfriend and cameraman to confront his past. So yes, that means it’s a found footage flick which is probably my only real gripe with it.
Bill Oberst Jr. almost steals the show as the cult leader, Jordan. His scrawny appearance mixed with an excitable personality make for a very unsettling performance. On the other side of the spectrum is Austin Madding as our main character, Kyle Cole. While the performance wasn’t finely tuned it was nice to see a newcomer give it his all. Madding is an all-American boy who could easily be your very own little brother and it’s his relatability and likeability that makes him stand out in this role. Throughout Dooms Chapel I felt for Kyle, I wanted him to get an apology from the town. Before I move on from performances I can’t forget cult member Samuel, played by Joshua Mark Robinson, who easily plays one of the scariest hillbilly psychopaths I’ve seen in recent horror efforts.
While the cult may seem the big bad for this Kickstarter passion project but what it really comes down to is a creature feature. Director John Holt and writer Jason Turner sought out to bring a monster worthy of practical monsters past and that’s what they did. The creature is great and never fear, buckets of blood come with it!
If I had to compare The Dooms Chapel Horror to another horror flick it would be Pumpkinhead. The entire time I was watching it I felt grimy and in desperate need of a shower. Dooms Chapel isn’t available yet but keep an eye out for this first-time duo’s exceptional small town horror.
As an added bonus, the original artwork (featured above) gives this throwback flick an 80s VHS feel.