“Like Jim Jarmusch and Henry David Thoureau conspiring to remake Evil Dead, Indie wunderkind Joel Potrykus’ latest is a delightfully strange beast.”
Hardly a conventional horror movie, this unclassifiable miniature involving a man in a trailer in the woods trying to contact the Dark Lord is funny and distinctive. It’s certain to expand Michigan auteur Joel Potrykus’ audience beyond his more reality-tethered black comedy Buzzard.
Suffering from delusions of fortune, a young hermit hides out in the forest hoping to crack an ancient mystery, but pays a price for his mania.
While The Alchemist Cookbook certainly won’t be for everyone, it will surely delight and surprise those who can grok its idiosyncratic content.
Official Selection, SXSW 2016
Director Joel Potrykus
Cast Ty Hickson, Amari Cheatom, Fiji
Script Joel Potrykus
Producers Bryan Reisberg, Andrew Corkin, Ashley Young, Joel Potrykus