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Written and Directed by
Andrew Jones
John Charles Meyer, Priscilla McEver, Hidekun Hah
Running Time
8 Mins.


 "Frank Dancoolo: Paranormal Drug Dealer" Review 
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It must be weird to live in the mind of Andrew W. Jones.

The writer/director of one of the more offbeat selections at the 2010 HollyShorts Film Festival, Frank Dancoolo: Paranormal Drug Dealer is a psychotic blend of macabre humor, computer generated mania, cartoon physics and stop-motion monsters galore.

The story centers around a reporter (Priscilla McEver) who becomes determined to track down Dancoolo (John Charles Meyer), suspected of being behind a series of drug related killings with a supernatural bent. Dancoolo's drug is harvested from his own spinal fluid and allows his customers a few minutes of becoming psychic before a race of cosmic beasts crash down to earth and Dancoolo himself must track them down.

Sound silly?

Oh, it is. Yet, Jones' imagination is crystal clear and he blends the film with just the perfect amount of humor with psychic horror.  McEver and Meyer are the only cast members speaking English, and McEver delivers her reporter in a sort of old school journalistic style that is rapid fire and funny with subtle touches of Jennifer Jason Leigh in The Hudsucker Proxy. 

Filmed almost entirely with a green screen, Frank Dancoolo: Paranormal Drug Dealer serves up proof positive that it is possible these days to make a modestly budgeted special effects laden film that satisfies.

Having spent most of 2010 on the film festival circuit, you can check out the film for yourself at Indieflix, at the filmmaker's website and it is available for purchase on DVD. If you visit the website, which is highly recommended, be sure to check out the filmmaker's other intriguing projects!

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