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I See Myself 

Wednesday, Oct 16 2013

Today you may — you must — behold the film for which SF Weekly last year deemed local musician and moviemaker H.P. Mendoza our Best New Horror Director. In I Am a Ghost, he had us at the Emily Dickinson epigraph — which reminds us, in so many (finely wrought) words, that all a haunting really needs is a brain to happen in. Although it does also help to have a big, beautifully appointed Victorian manse. The title reveals Mendoza's clever conceit: It's all from the haunter's point of view. "I feel like I just woke up from a dream in which I was alive," says Emily (Anna Ishida), our resident spirit, daily learning house rules from chats with the medium (Jeannie Barroga) hired to help move her along. One obvious problem is the naked demon (Rick Burkhardt) who's apparently always ready to lunge down the spiral staircase at her. Well, it's been fun saying "from the maker of Colma: The Musical," but now we'll also be saying "from the maker of I Am A Ghost," because this resourceful movie about dark places seems like Mendoza's ticket to a very bright future.

Tue., Oct. 29, 1, 3, 5 & 8 p.m., 2013

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Jonathan Kiefer

SF Weekly movie critic Jonathan Kiefer is on Twitter: @kieferama and of course @sfweeklyfilm.

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