Alright Mr. DeMille, EVERYONE IN THIS FILM IS READY FOR THEIR CLOSEUPS! Was so glad to read other reviews and realize that I'm not the only one who was unclear if it was a full documentary, full narrative or half-and-half. I suppose that's the whole point... what is this movie, or what is cinema? There was more philosophical discussion of cinema and filmmaking in the final 30 minutes than in college film history classes. Slow burn through the first 50 minutes to reach a point of no return and jarring cuts.
An awesome experiment in contemporary cinema, Coven looks back at the classics it was inspired by (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, The Last House on the Left). The perfect companion piece to the 1999 documentary, American Movie. I'd recommend viewing the documentary first, because it makes the quality of the film, the stories behind the actors and locations, as well as the whole personality and mentality behind writer/producer/director/actor Mark Borchardt so much more understandable and enjoyable. "You try to help me now, man! You try to help me now!"