The Mystery Spot

Isolation at its finest.

Make no mistake about it, I absolutely love The Mystery Spot. Warts and all (due to the limitations of its budget), this original and thought-provoking movie fires on all cylinders to produce something that is both ambitious and atmospheric, thanks to its cinematography and the jangling guitars and synthesized swirl of its soundtrack.

"knows exactly how to draw attention to itself. It is almost as if the film itself IS the mystery spot"

Ever wandered into a place which forces you - on some level - to confront the past? If so, this independent film is for you as strangers are mysteriously drawn to the unique charm of this forgotten roadside attraction only to find themselves having to deal with what they are trying to escape.

The Mystery Spot gets you in the mood for some unique roadside entertainment. Full of characters and a forward-thinking collection of shots and angles, there is something unique at work here among the filmmakers. Look at the introduction down the dirt road or the crashing of waves as a memory surfaces for the proof. The crew at work here knows exactly what they are doing to draw its audience in and the payoff is extraordinary.

From director Mel House, and starring Graham Skipper (Re-Animator: The Musical), Lisa Wilcox (A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 & 5), and Indie Scream Queen Debbie Rochon, The Mystery Spot might run a little long (and there are places where it can be tightened up) but the heart of this horror flick is in the right spot as a number of lost souls find themselves in a quaint motel all staring up at the same sky.The Mystery Spot

Welcome to the Middle of Nowhere, with only the ruins of an old Mystery Spot as its distinguishing feature, this is where Nathan (Skipper) and Rachel (Wilcox) will escape the dark demons of their haunted past. At least, that is the hope. But the strange metaphysical properties of The Mystery Spot - which draws quite a bit of souls - have some peculiarities . . .

. . . and only some will survive its reality-shattering implications. With a twist in the ending and an Outer Limits feeling to much of its mojo, this film knows exactly how to draw attention to itself. It is almost as if the film itself IS the mystery spot . . .

. . . and once drawn in, who knows what you’ll have to confront?

The Mystery Spot releases on digital and VOD October 7 worldwide from Terror Films.

4/5 stars

Film Details

The Mystery Spot

MPAA Rating: unrated.
111 mins
: Mel House
Mel House
Graham Skipper; Lisa Wilcox; Debbie Rochon
: Horror
Even Lost Souls Need Refuge.
Memorable Movie Quote: "That's not Mommy"
Terror Films
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Release Date:
October 7, 2022
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Synopsis: A number of lost souls find refuge in a small motel in the middle of nowhere, its only distinguishing characteristic being the ruins of an old Mystery Spot—a long-dead roadside attraction with strange metaphysical powers. Nathan and Rachel find solace in one another, both attempting to escape dark pasts that seem to be using the Mystery Spot to go from being painful shadows of their lives to very real entities of the present. Everyone at the Mystery Spot will be affected by its unique properties, but only some will survive its reality-shattering implications.


The Mystery Spot