Katie (Katie Groshong) has escaped a demonic cult and is more than ready to put her past behind her. Then one day she finds a position work at a care home for disabled people and settles in. She gets to know the staff and the residents and strikes up a friendship with a woman with Down Syndrome called Stephanie (Stephanie Kinkle).
However, Katie is still troubled by her past and starts hearing voices and seeing the bloody symbol of the cult everywhere. Stephanie also starts feeling ill, she’s taken to the doctor’s but her condition keeps getting worse so Katie decides to use the little knowledge of black magic rituals that she learnt from the cult to make her better.
Unfortunately, Stephanie just keeps getting worse and Katie’s hallucinations are getting stronger.
Dementer is a horror movie written and directed by Chad Crawford Kinkle and involves his sister, Stephanie in a pivotal role. However, the problem with Dementer is that there’s so much going on, but little is said about what it all means.
Katie very quickly escapes the cult at the start of the film and very soon finds a job, but the obvious trauma that she’s experiencing could have been dealt with differently. The mere fact that Katie escaped at all should tell the audience that Katie knows that what was happening was wrong.
Also, her use of black magic not only tells the audience that she may still be indoctrinated, but that she has learned nothing. There’s a lot left open to interpretation in Dementer and unfortunately a lot of the problems seem to be the lack of logical thought by the main character.
Chad Crawford Kinkle also says that he built the movie around his sister, wanting to involve her in his work. However, Stephanie is just a plot device with no agency and it seems as if she could have been given a character of her own. There are some great visuals towards the end as Katie’s hallucinations become more prominent, but Dementer is a confusing movie with little solutions to a half baked plot.
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