Same As It Ever Was – “Dybbuk Box : True Story Of Chris Chambers”

Posted: June 23, 2019 in movies
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And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack. And you may find yourself in another part of the world. And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile. And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife.

Or, you may find yourself browsing through the recent horror offerings on Amazon Prime and giving Texas-based writer/director Joseph Mazzaferro’s Dybbuk Box : True Story Of Chris Chambers a go simply because any movie that’s so sloppy as to omit an obvious “The” from its title is bound to at least be an interesting mess — and then, and only then, will you ask yourself “Well — how did I get here”?

That’s because this movie, in truth, isn’t interesting, occasional fuck-ups aside, such as our protagonist, Chris Chambers (played by — shit, you already know. The film’s only other “character,” Sarah Bently, “stars” as herself, as well) bitching about how no one on the “dark web,” where he purchases the purportedly “cursed” box in question, takes anything other than BitCoin before scoring it for $12,000 in cash. Those kind of brain farts are few and far between, though, and not enough to keep your attention between the lame dialogue, risible acting, shoestring production values (usually not something with criticize a film for around these parts), dull-as-dry-toast setting (get used to Chris’ apartment — it’s all you see), and stupid story.

Speaking of which — dude doesn’t believe the stuff he’s heard and read about Dybbuk boxes, buys one, records everything that happens after he gets it (and plenty before), his life goes right to hell, there’s your plot.

Could I say more? Sure. Do you need to know any more, though? Beyond “avoid this at all costs,” absolutely not.

I take no pleasure in slagging home-made efforts like this, but come on — if you’re gonna whip up a “mockumentary” that purports to show a true story — sorry that should just be “true story” — put forth at least a little bit of effort in making the illusion convincing. It needn’t be much — we all know the drill. But play along. Humor us. Show that you give even half a flying fuck about meeting the non-existent expectations of your living-room-sized audience. Otherwise don’t bother. Mow the lawn. Wash the dishes. Spend some time with the wife, the kids, your friends, anybody. Hell, do anything other than make a movie. Watch the flagpole rust. Time how long it takes your toenails to grow. It doesn’t matter.

And neither does this movie. It wouldn’t know how to if it tried. Which is really the crux of the problem here.

It doesn’t try. At all. No one involved with it does. And, as a result, you shouldn’t try to watch it. I mean, that’s only fair, right? Speaking of watching the flagpole rust or timing how long it takes your toenails to grow — you’d be far better served, and more entertained, engaging in either of those “activities” than you will be by Dybbuk Box : True Story Of Chris Chambers. If a worse film is made in 2019, then it’ll have proven to be one lousy year indeed.


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  1. Ryan C. (trashfilmguru) says:

    Reblogged this on Through the Shattered Lens.

  2. Ingrid Naruns-Gil says:

    Funniest Movie I’ve Seen In Years!

  3. The whole premise falls apart as the movie begins. So he buys the dybbuk box from a website with warnings that the box must never be opened. in fact, the owner of the box seems to be quite adamant it should never be opened. So one must ask the question… WHY THEY HELL IS HE SELLING IT THEN?????

    I mean, seriously, if these things were true and dangerous, the last thing a person who doesn’t want it opened would do is sell or trade it to anyone.

    Also, I loved this:

    “Did you notice the picture fell right after I asked it to give me a sign?”

    No, I noticed the picture falling after you looked at it for a couple seconds, obviously waiting for the special effect to take place.

    Yeah this movie is a joke and a poorly made one.

  4. earthhouse2 says:

    Saw all Amazon & Netflix high budget productions in first 3 months. 2 years later dredging bottom of Harrell with a lot of their movies. Gotta give you props for your witty reviews. They are, funny, fair, and right on target. Are you just a film buff or do you have formal training? I will save my nickels and dimes, or as Santa, for a subscription. Keep up the great work.

    • Ryan C. (trashfilmguru) says:

      Thank you for the kind words, no particular formal training here, just an opinionated guy who watches too many movies for his own good!

  5. Yb says:

    The movie was alright. Definitely not the worst.

  6. SickMyDuck says:

    Wow, a true fact is your living proof the universe has a sense of humour.

  7. Whocares says:

    It’s not meant to entertain you its documentary. Whoever saids it’s stupid or lame is exactly that.. stupid and lame for thinking it’s like a regular movie trying to entertain yourself. It’s a warning.. not meant to entertain or scare you. Your not supposed to be looking for good acting or plots… it wasn’t made for that.

    • Ryan C. (fourcolorapocalypse) says:

      Not sure where the idea that it’s an actual documentary comes from. It’s a “mockumentary” or “found footage” film.

  8. wendyu70 says:

    For someone complaining about someone else’s mediocrity, you’re so mediocre you didn’t even bother checking your grammar, and your arrogance in this review is even harder to stomach than this film.

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