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With Hollywood showing off iMac sets and characters in Sky Captain, Richard Sylvarnes—who, Gallo-style, scripted, directed, scored, and photographed this empty opus—delivers the indie equivalent in which all the writing seems auto-programmed by his old PC. In this mystery about a catatonic woman possibly possessed by the ghost of her doctor’s dead wife, stilted lines alternate with ominous pauses and an annoying Pure Moods score tinkling around an oppressive sound design. Even by low-budget DV standards, the look is crude—think Peter Gabriel music videos circa “Sledgehammer,” sans claymation or creativity.