Ginger Nuts of Horror
Closer to God is the 2014 feature film directorial debut of Billy Senese. It addresses the looming moral and scientific quandary that cloning and gene therapy presents and is firmly grounded in current scientific research. Knowing this caused it to grab my interest even moreso.
Just last year, April 14, 2014, USA Today ran an article entitled “Stem cell research fuels more debate on cloning.” The article reports that “In a paper in the journal Cell Stem Cell, researchers took the nucleus of skin cells from 35 and 75 year old men, and produced cloned human embryos. From those they were able to generate embryonic stem cells, valued because they can then be teased into becoming any tissues the body might need.” They went on to say this was not the first time this was done which demonstrates the technology is repeatable. The fear that advocacy groups on both sides expressed was that without some form of legislation someone might try “to extend the technique to engineer a human clone.” Despite some hurdles that still remain, the science is no longer mere fiction; it is on the horizon. Knowing this sets the stage to fully appreciate this movie, IMO.
Confession: I love Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Not the Gubernator. Not the guy who cheated on Kennedy’s niece with his maid. I’m strictly talking about the actor. I am one of those rare people who is able to separate the art from the artist. And yes, I just referred to Arnie as an artist.
Volume 4 begins in a strange way with Strange Thing …keep those doors closed! Next, Bo & Cephus take a hilarious, horror-filled romp into the not-so-blissful side of marriage with 'Til Death. After that, we've got a deliciously horrific feast with Foodie , and round things out hanging the curves in The Hourglass Figure . Be sure to stick around to the end for a surprise bonus short, Collision
I love this sort of thing, the creep show element of having several short stories with comedy links in between is nothing new, very little is these days, but it isn't what you have it's how you use it, and this format works just fine. The segment links all tie into the story which follows and are ably performed by the 'Hillbillies' who are as follows: