Closer to God

A research scientist (Jeremy Childs) succeeds in creating the first human clone, inviting much media attention and religious wrath. And then there’s that possible previous attempt kept screaming and banging on things in an isolated cabin.

This little spooker recreates the moodiness of ’70s horror films, yet it’s done with restraint and admirable economy. Writer-director Billy Senese has done a lot on a shoestring budget. But while horror fans can enjoy the journey, it’s not really very scary and rapidly becomes predictable. The brilliant, unsettling sound design by Thomas Nöla is a huge, creepy plus. Japanese title: Elizabeth: Kami Naki Idenshi. (81 min)