Spirit Gallery is an independent film from filmmaker John Strysik and it comes from 1995; even better it was shot on video and has the look and feel of a VHS horror flick.
It tells the story of A woman obsessed with a secluded artist who travels beyond reality in THE SPIRIT GALLERY! Gwendolyn Creed was a God-fearing woman until she met B.A. Catch and his fantastic abilities. A legendary and reclusive artist, Catch could manifest ectoplasm from the palms of his hands – and steal your soul in the process. Sculpting faces out of soul-matter, Catch opens doorways into alternate dimensions where pain and pleasure combine. People are beaten, stabbed and crucified. The body is altered, the skin diseased and in need of new host to survive – but can love win out?
The movie is every bit as unique as it sounds with some wonderfully convincing and gory special effects so horror fans will lap it up. Obviously it’s a low budget feature so some of it may feel a little antiquated by today’s standards but it’s such an imaginative and out there story that it’s difficult not to be fascinated.
Overall, if you like surreal Lynchian horror then Spirit Gallery deserves your attention.
Spirit Gallery has recently been released on DVD with special features that include:
Commentary With Director John Strysik
Young People In Trouble – A 16mm Short by John Strysik