DIRECTED BY: Tim Rutili
FEATURING: Angela Bettis, members of the indie-rock band Califone
PLOT: A fortune teller carries out her psychic reading business in a country house inhabited
by a slew of ghosts. The spirits do not haunt her, but keep her company; they’re one big family. When the ghosts see a mysterious light outside, they feel they are being beckoned and rebel against the fortune teller, thinking she has trapped them against their will.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: Although it is a bit quirky and takes a unique spin on the age-old haunted house tales, it is simply not that weird. It is an unlikely little gem that unfortunately few will probably see.
COMMENTS: All My Friends Are Funeral Singers (great title, by the way) is the directorial debut by Tim Rutili, the front-man for the underrated indie-rock outfit Califone. Being familiar with the band and a fan of their music, this movie sparked my interest. I was pleasantly surprised to find a good film with an actual story and good acting, not just an extended music video piece displaying the band’s musical talents. Viewers who are unacquainted by the music of Califone should appreciate this film for what it is… a decidedly different independent movie with a supernatural approach. This is certainly not your typical horror film. If anything, it is a hodgepodge of drama, comedy, and a pinch of suspense, all intermingled with the worldly twang of Califone’s score.
The character Zel is nicely played by Angela Bettis, whom some may recognize from another independent horror film: May. Zel lives in an old isolated country house and makes her living providing fortunes and psychic readings. What her customers are unaware of is that she is assisted by the actual spirits that live in the house with her. The ghosts are not frightening or menacing, just regular looking people all wearing pristine white suits or dresses and having normal conversations. They sit around playing Trivial Pursuit, theorize about the connections between the Lincoln and Kennedy assassinations, talk about sex, or play music (sometimes too loudly for Zel’s liking). Most fascinating are the snippets of documentary-style interviews with many of the ghosts discussing how they bit the dust. A ghostly bride exclaims “I hung myself with my ‘something blue.'” Another prominent spiritual entity is a young mute girl who Continue reading CAPSULE: ALL MY FRIENDS ARE FUNERAL SINGERS (2010)