At the onset I thought this movie would be a dissappointment. As usual, I was wrong. The whole plot center's around a magazine writer, his affinity for the goth culture and his explorations into parties and shows that brink on the macabre.
Guy goes to see a gory magic show, he sees people systematically dismantled, burned, tortured and just when the audience starts to freak..........the people appear to be whole again. Less then 24 hours later though, the random volunteers that were picked from the audience to be the victims in the show, become victims in the real world and die in ghastly similiar fashions as what took place during the mind-freak magic show. However, the county coroner (the writer's best friend) and the cops can't seem to link the bodies and evidence to any magic show known or participants there-of.
The writer starts to go crazy. He starts to investigate on his own and tries to help the coroner pin-point who the mysterious magician REALLY is. In the end (and of course through-out the movie), other details and methodologies become apparent: The female victims are strippers or hookers, hallucinogenics plays a large part in the mass delusion OF illusion and the writer just starts to learn too much for his own good. All events seem to circle around the search for fresh writing ideas, a need for some sense of inner awareness (good or bad), a need to feel something shocking in a world that has become desensitized, a strange homeless guy who eats live bugs / rats and an effort to catch a mysterious murderer (which just keeps throwing everyone for a loop).
It's got a decent amount of gore, a lot of mystery, a pretty good plot and surprises into the very end of the film. I thought it was Spooktacular! Especially for a low budget film.