IMMORTALITY review from Her Story creator Sam Barlow

Sam Barlow’s new project is stepping into the uncharted territory of David Lynch’s interactive worlds, leaving the player alone with three unfinished films and the mysterious disappearance of their main star, Marissa Marcel.

Rabbit, how deep is your hole?

Debuting in a scented soap commercial, Marissa landed the lead role in Ambrosio, based on the gothic novel The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis. This horror classic tells the sinister story of the monk Ambrosio, who, succumbing to the devilish temptation, falls away from the church, worships Satan and commits heinous crimes with his help. Marissa plays the main seductress and servant of the forces of evil, Matilda. A large number of violence and sex scenes make the film scandalous.

The next picture, titled “Minski”, taken two years later, tells the story of the artist Minsky, who dies under mysterious circumstances, and his muse, who falls under the suspicion of a private detective. The leading role here again went to Marissa. But on the set, a chain of events takes place that calls into question the further career of the actress. The script of the film itself contains issues of transgenderism and other topics relevant to the leftist agenda. Apparently, this is why the film was never released in Sam Barlow’s universe.

The last project with the participation of Marseille is being prepared almost 30 years later – in 1999. The story, titled “Two of Everything,” is about the relationship of a pop star, a promiscuous producer, and her stunt double. The mystical character is brightened up by a strong share of crime, role reversal and a lot of violence. After this film, Marissa Marcel disappeared forever …

As an unnamed editor, you will have to review footage, home videos, auditions and numerous interviews with the actress and crew members in search of clues that can answer the main question – what happened in 1999 and where did Marissa Marcel disappear to?

By immersing the player in an interactive movie format, Sam Barlow attempts to rebuild the FMV game genre by offering instead of choices at the end of a designated video segment, the possibility of immersing themselves in a wormhole of strange connections. And that sounds a lot more complicated than it actually sounds.

While watching the video on the timeline, you can pause the fragment at any time and follow the hyperlink linked to one or another scene object. For example, the heroine in the film about Ambrosio holds a knife in her hands. You pause the video, click on the knife, and you’re taken to another cut from the last movie, where knives are hanging on the wall. One more push and the camera pans to a cinematic kill scene or pops out of a piece where the actors drink champagne while discussing the script, and an ice pick rests on the edge of the table. And all without glues – the perfect amazing journey.

As you cling to objects, paintings on the walls, or kissing scenes, you discover more and more fragments of lost videos and learn the story of Marissa, her vicious relationships, unbridled sex, envy and love.

At some point, while running through open tapes and studied films, you will begin to feel a slight vibration on the controller. Twisting the film a little in these vibrating places, you can find its new layer associated with ghostly messages, strange scenes and frightening characters. This journey will open up new facets of history and connect the entire trilogy with a common meaning. Barlow claims to have been inspired by J. J. Ballard’s Atrocity Exhibition, but this experimental British classic will mean nothing to the domestic reader.

To bring the big idea of ​​IMMORTALITY to life, Sam Barlow brought in a superb cast including Logan Marshall-Green (The Invitation, Prometheus), Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse, Voice of the Streets) and Carrie Bishé (Halt and burn”, “Clinic”). But the brightest here is the young debutante Manon Gage as Marissa Marcel. Manon in this trilogy is multifaceted: seductive, sexy, depressing, dark and frighteningly dangerous. This young girl clearly has a bright future.

IMMORTALITY is an unusual story with vivid sensations by David Lynch, which makes the player dive deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole of a mystical thriller without clues and a clear narrative line. However, at some point this immersion stops working and the player starts to get bored. And here Barlow finds a very controversial way out.

In addition to retelling the story of Marissa, the director perfectly demonstrates the behind-the-scenes world of Hollywood with sex, drugs and intrigue. It is a pity that without the support of the great and mighty English language, which was clearly cut out on the release.

The game releases on August 30 and will be available at launch with an Xbox Game Pass subscription.

 

By immersing the player in an interactive movie format, Sam Barlow attempts to rebuild the FMV game genre by offering instead of choices at the end of a designated video segment, the possibility of immersing themselves in a wormhole of strange connections. And that sounds a lot more complicated than it actually sounds.

While watching the video on the timeline, you can pause the fragment at any time and follow the hyperlink linked to one or another scene object. For example, the heroine in the film about Ambrosio holds a knife in her hands. You pause the video, click on the knife, and you’re taken to another cut from the last movie, where knives are hanging on the wall. One more push and the camera pans to a cinematic kill scene or pops out of a piece where the actors drink champagne while discussing the script, and an ice pick rests on the edge of the table. And all without glues – the perfect amazing trip.

As you cling to objects, paintings on the walls, or kissing scenes, you discover more and more fragments of lost videos and learn the story of Marissa, her vicious relationships, unbridled sex, envy and love.

At some point, while running through open tapes and studied films, you will begin to feel a slight vibration on the controller. Twisting the film a little in these vibrating places, you can find its new layer associated with ghostly messages, strange scenes and frightening characters. This journey will open up new facets of history and connect the entire trilogy with a common meaning. Barlow claims to have been inspired by J. J. Ballard’s Atrocity Exhibition, but this experimental British classic will mean nothing to the domestic reader.

To bring the big idea of ​​IMMORTALITY to life, Sam Barlow brought in a superb cast including Logan Marshall-Green (The Invitation, Prometheus), Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse, Voice of the Streets) and Carrie Bishé (Halt and burn”, “Clinic”). But the brightest here is the young debutante Manon Gage as Marissa Marcel. Manon in this trilogy is multifaceted: seductive, sexy, depressing, dark and frighteningly dangerous. This young girl clearly has a bright future.

IMMORTALITY is an unusual story with vivid sensations by David Lynch, which makes the player dive deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole of a mystical thriller without clues and a clear narrative line. However, at some point this immersion stops working and the player starts to get bored. And here Barlow finds a very controversial way out.

In addition to retelling the story of Marissa, the director perfectly demonstrates the behind-the-scenes world of Hollywood with sex, drugs and intrigue. It is a pity that without the support of the great and mighty English language, which was clearly cut out on the release.

The game releases on August 30 and will be available at launch with an Xbox Game Pass subscription.

 

Completed on: PC Correct topics: Yes Duration: 5 hours

 

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