Kerry Reynosa (Elohim Pena) is a widower who is having trouble dealing with the death of his wife. It’s made even worse as he keeps experiencing visions of her ghost that come to him and she seems distressed, leading Kerry to think that his wife may be having trouble getting to the other side.
However, in his dreams he finds the answer as he is contacted by a psychopomp who starts to tell him stories about the spirit world in order to help his wife. Although through the various stories that he’s told, Kerry may not be sure how to save his wife.
I Dream of a Psychopomp is a horror anthology directed by Danny Villanueva Jr. and co-written by J. Anthony Ramos. Framed in a rather inventive way, the anthology starts out with a story which may keep the audience’s attention as much as the stories within. However, once the tales begin then it may be more obvious where the budget got most of the attention.
As clever of a launching point as it may be, audiences may think they’ve been lured into a significantly lower budget affair than they’re getting. Also, thankfully the stories are as varied and interesting as the production value.
Three stories that couldn’t be more different and it’s interesting that they come from the same writer/director as Villanueva Jr. has certainly made the most of his attention to detail as he has his cast.
A high school student changes forever in the lead up to a prom in one story. In another, a depressed man is brought under interrogation which leads to an unusual twist. The last of the supernatural stories tells of a girl who comes to an old house looking for somebody to make her live forever.
It couldn’t be more different between the three stories and although anthologies are usually made to showcase a variety of writers and directors, having one director does help to bring the stories together. This helps to make them feel cohesive and perhaps even showcases Villanueva’s versatility even though the stories all share a common theme. Ignore the low budget pieces in-between though and I Dream of a Psychopomp is a satisfying story which pulls its parts together well.
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