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  • Summary: Go Down Death is a wry, sinister realization of a strange new universe, a cross-episodic melange of macabre folktales supposedly penned by the fictitious writer Jonathan Mallory Sinus. An abandoned warehouse in Brooklyn stands in for a decrepit village haunted by ghosts, superstition, and disease, while threatening to buckle under rumblings of the apocalypse. Soldiers are lost and found in endless woods; a child gravedigger is menaced by a shape-shifting physician, a syphilitic john bares all to a young prostitute, and a disfigured outcast yearns for the affections of a tone-deaf cabaret singer. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Mar 25, 2014
    91
    This is a unique, strange, unforgettable film, a half-remembered dream that will trouble and beguile the subconscious long after you’ve moved on.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Mar 25, 2014
    90
    Schimberg, in this debut, demonstrates rare assuredness in shooting and staging scenes, coaxing unexpected but true-feeling flourishes from his cast of mostly amateurs blessed with extraordinary faces.
  3. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Mar 28, 2014
    70
    Rather than distressed retro photography, or Guy Maddin mash-up fantasias, the movie’s often deadpan episodes feel like something out of one-act theater
  4. Reviewed by: Alan Jones
    Mar 25, 2014
    63
    The end result is a bit like a beautiful diorama, in which the people share a common purpose with the furniture: to fill space and look nice.
  5. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Mar 25, 2014
    30
    This film neither really embraces the mechanics of primitive cinema nor creates a coherent syntax of its own.