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Premiere: James Sizemore’s NSFW, Gory Occult Short, “GOAT WITCH”

Now on demand is director James Sizemore’s homemade epic THE DEMON’S ROOK, a film which combines DIY SFX ethos with imaginative occult mythology and lurid pleasures like satanic ritual and serious gore. Crafted earnestly on a shoestring, the film is entirely ambitious in its psychotronic aesthetic, rising above most backyard horror fare to reach a place of genuine oddity and madness. And there’s more where that came from.

Now playing festivals, including Montreal’s Fantasia and Austin’s Fantastic Fest, is GOAT WITCH, a new Sizemore vignette firmly set in the world of THE DEMON’S ROOK and which similarly melds black magick, copious nudity and splatter spectacle into a colorful, nutty piece of work. Like THE DEMON’S ROOK and its communal spirit, GOAT WITCH stars actress and wife to James, Ashleigh Jo Sizemore in a physically and grotesquely transcendent role.

Sizemore tells Fango, “This is a piece of a large mythology that I’ve been working on for about ten years now. The demigod depicted in this piece is Yomowen, a character that I came up with very much inspired by the devil. But in this world, he is only a minor player. There are much greater gods and goddesses that rule over him throughout the ‘Dark Womb.’ The Dark Womb is the underworld in which all of these creatures reside. There, they speak their own language, which was created by my wife, Ashleigh Jo. We call it Gaorokish. I would love to further explore stories involving the greater deities, but I would definitely need a larger budget to do so. Katarina Gligorijevic and I are currently collaborating on a script that does just that. We’re in development of a new draft, and plan to dive further into it later this year.”

I’m way excited to help present GOAT WITCH to the online world. See the film in its entirety below—again, it’s not safe for most places where appropriate behavior is expected—and for more, see our review of THE DEMON’S ROOK here. THE DEMON’S ROOK is currently on demand from Tribeca Film.

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Samuel Zimmerman
Fangoria.com Managing Editor Samuel Zimmerman has been at FANGORIA since 2009, where fresh out of the Purchase College Cinema Studies program, he began as an editorial assistant. Since, he’s honed both his writing and karaoke skills and been trusted with the responsibility of jury duty at Austin’s incredible Fantastic Fest. Zimmerman lives in and hails from The Bronx, New York where his pants are too tight and he’ll watch anything with witches.
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