- 1 hr 18 min
Artik is a 2019 indie horror film directed by Tom Botchii Skowronski. The film stars Chase Williamson as a young boy named Boy Adam who is being raised in a cult-like environment by his father, Artik (Jerry G. Angelo), and his mother (Lauren Ashley Carter). The film begins with a voiceover from Artik, where he explains how the world is full of sickness and how he needs to protect Boy Adam from it. The opening scene shows Artik and Boy Adam hunting down a man in the woods. From that moment, it is clear that Artik has a twisted sense of morality. As the film progresses, we learn more about Artik and his twisted ideology. He believes that the world is full of filth and that he has been chosen to cleanse it. Artik sees himself as a warrior who is waging a battle against darkness. Artik's method of "cleansing" involves capturing people and performing experiments on them, often resulting in their death. Boy Adam, however, is not as convinced by his father's ideology. He is fascinated by comic books and longs for a normal life outside of the cult-like environment he is being raised in. Boy Adam's curiosity leads him to a local comic book shop, where he meets a friendly store owner named Holton (Matt Mercer). Holton takes Boy Adam under his wing and becomes a father figure to him, while also helping him to escape the toxic environment that he has been raised in. However, Artik isn't willing to let his son go so easily. The film's tense and suspenseful moments are punctuated by brutal violence, with Artik's experiments on his victims being particularly gruesome. The film's violence is often shocking, but it is never gratuitous, and it serves to further the story and add to the sense of dread and danger that permeates the film. The performances in Artik are exceptional, with each actor delivering nuanced and convincing performances. Jerry G. Angelo is particularly chilling as the twisted and delusional Artik, while Chase Williamson delivers a standout performance as Boy Adam. The film's cinematography is also noteworthy, with the use of dark and shadowy lighting, giving the film a haunting and eerie atmosphere. The score, composed by Corey Wallace, adds to the film's suspenseful tone, heightening tension in key moments. Overall, Artik is a gripping and disturbing horror thriller that is sure to satisfy fans of the genre. The film is not for the faint of heart and contains scenes of graphic violence. However, for those who can stomach it, Artik is a worthwhile and unforgettable horror experience.