Movies

I See You

Thriller
Available on VOD: 15 oktober 2020
Director: Adam Randall
Cast: Helen Hunt (Mad About You, What Women Want), Jon Tenney (True Detective, Legion), Judah Lewis (It, It Chapter Two), Owen Teague (It, It Chapter Two)

In a perfect town filled with perfect families, twelve-year-old Justin Whitter has gone missing. Greg Harper (Jon Tenney), lead investigator on the case, struggles to balance the pressures of the investigation which has brought to attention a similar case thought to be buried in the past, while finding a way to forgive his well-heeled wife, Jackie (Helen Hunt), for a recent infidelity. Great strain is put on the family as Jackie’s guilt slowly gnaws away at her grip on reality, and when a malicious presence manifests itself and puts their young son, Connor (Judah Lewis), in mortal danger, the cold, hard truth about evil in the Harper household is finally uncovered.

Reviews
  • NRC.nl: Na drie kwartier mysterie begint I See You namelijk antwoorden te geven: dit is zo’n film die om zijn eigen as draait in plaats van lineair door de tijd te bewegen. Alles begint opnieuw, nu vanuit een ander oogpunt en met gevorderd inzicht. Waarna we de finale ingaan met gekantelde sympathieën.
    Het is een mechaniek dat – mits vlekkeloos geschreven, uitgevoerd en gemonteerd – uitermate bevredigend is. Je bekijkt de puzzelstukjes van alle kanten tot ze op hun plek vallen. En na afloop wil je de film nog eens zien, om te kijken welke hints je onderweg hebt gemist. Lees de hele review hier.
  • Volkskrant.nl: Regisseur Adam Randall speelt vakkundig met de klassieke horrorfilmiconografie.
  • Parool.nl: Een geslaagde thriller waarin debuterend scenarioschrijver Devon Graye een spectaculaire haarspeldbocht neemt en de film als een inventieve kronkelplotthriller verder gaat.
  • Filmdomein.nl: I See You is een verrassende thriller met een ijzersterk, gelaagd en goed opgebouwd verhaal. Daarbij is de film misschien wel de beste en origineelste film die de bioscoop te bieden heeft bij de heropening na de Corona uitbraak.
  • DeNachtvlinders.nl: I See You maakt op interessant wijze gebruik van meerdere genres en tijdsprongen.
  • DeGroeneAmsterdammer.nl: Dit verhaal bevat twee of drie plotwendingen waar je nog dagenlang van wakker zal liggen. Pas wanneer het laatste masker wordt afgedaan, gaat er een licht aan. Dan pas blijkt hoe eng deze film werkelijk is.
  • Filmtotaal.nl: Het script zit bijzonder goed in elkaar. De camera draagt met zijn langzame sluipende bewegingen bij aan een fantastische enge sfeer. Het gebeurt namelijk niet vaak dat genreclichés op zo'n kundige wijze worden doorbroken.
  • Variety.com: An eerie suspense exercise that starts out looking like a supernatural tale — one of several viewer presumptions this cleverly engineered narrative eventually pulls the rug out from under.
  • TheHollywoodReporter.com: A twist-heavy crime thriller spiced with horror and noir elements, I See You is such a finely crafted exercise in slow-burn suspense.
  • Latimes.com: It's rare to see a horror film so devoted to intricate plot mechanics and so concerned with driving to a satisfying payoff.
  • Theverge.com: For people who specifically prize meticulous story-craft and the ability to dodge broad genre clichés, I See You is a rare gift. It's a tension experience that gives way to a long series of narrative surprises and payoffs, some of which viewers may not even realize they were primed to want until they arrive at the moment.
  • Slantmagazine.com: The film's tone is extremely eerie, with creeping camera movements, striking imagery, abrupt edits, and a delicately sinister score by William Arcane.
  • Rogersmovienation.com: Well-acted, cleverly-plotted and directed with extra attention being paid to tone, menace and hiding its secrets. Taut, smart and satisfying.
  • Culturecrypt.com: You may wish to prepare for a ‘creepy crawly’ movie that is utterly terrifying in its home invasion implications.

The Wretched

Horror
Available on VOD: 22 oktober 2020
Director: Brett Pierce
Cast: John-Paul Howard (Hell or High Water), Piper Curda, Jamison Jones (General Hospital), Azie Tesfai (Supergirl)

A defiant teenage boy, struggling with his parent's imminent divorce, faces off with athousand year-old witch, who is living beneath the skin of and posing as the woman nextdoor.

Reviews
  • Denachtvlinders.nl: een lekker vermakelijke horrorfilm.
  • Filmliefhebber.com: een horrorfilm die vooral uitblinkt in spannende en angstaanjagende fragmenten.
  • SchokkendNieuws.com: een geslaagde verrassing.
  • Telegraaf.nl: vlot wegkijkend horrorwerkje.
  • Movieaddicts.nl: Ik heb nog geen betere horrorfilm in de bioscoop gezien dit jaar.
  • Variety.com: The film successfully mixes together a lot of things, from the waterfront tourist-town setting of "Jaws" to a general teen fantasy-adventure feel that tempers (without weakening) horror content variably redolent of "It, ""Fright Night" and myriad other predecessors. If originality isn’t a strong suit here, the film’s conviction and polish make that a minor sin.
  • 28dayslateranalysis.com: Not to be missed, The Wretched provides lots of chills and a great story to entertain film fans. 8/10.
  • Bloody-disgusting.com: Gruesome makeup effects presents a creepy, monstrous take on a classic witch. One that's deeply submersed in nature and folkloric origins. The Pierce brothers have delivered a new dark fairy tale that the midnight crowds will enjoy.
  • Culturecrypt.com: “Evil Dead” energy keeps poking into every corner it can. Excellent effects and exceptional sound design make certain that energy burns hot. The Wretched delivers a viciously visceral experience by pounding out grotesque gurgles to go with sick sights like diseased animal guts falling onto the floor.
  • Dreadcentral.com: Truly unique supernatural concepts and effective scares. The Pierce duo has injected awesome new ideas into the underexplored witchcraft subgenre.
  • LATimes.com: Equally indebted to Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg and a mishmash of '80s horror films only the directors themselves could comprehensively name-check, "The Wretched" is a fresh horror film built out of familiar parts.

The Last Right

Comedy, Drama
Available on VOD: 25 februari 2021
Director: Aoife Crehan
Cast: Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones, The Age of Adaline), Samuel Bottomley (Ackley Bridge), Niamh Algar (Raised by Wolves), Colm Meaney (Law Abiding Citizen, Seberg), Brian Cox (Churchill, Succession)

New York-based DANIEL MURPHY wakes on a flight home to Ireland for his Mum’s funeral to find elderly passenger PADRAIG MURPHY has died in the next seat. To his surprise the lonely Padraig had just listed him as his next of kin.

In a bid to persuade his autistic brother LOUIS to return to New York with him, Daniel agrees to drive Padraig’s remains across the length of Ireland, from Cork to Rathlin Island, to be buried with his brother. Hitching a ride in the passenger seat is the funeral home temp MARY, who is on a mission to correct a drunken mistake. Meanwhile, the police realise Daniel has no business driving off with Padraig’s body, and Daniel, Mary and Louis find themselves the focus of a nationwide manhunt. 

Reviews
  • Indebioscoop.com: de kijker valt vanaf minuut één in de film. Gecombineerd met het lichte en vaak humoristische verhaal kunnen we The Last Right typeren als de lightversie van Rain Man. 4 sterren.
  • Telegraaf.nl: een prachtig groen land met 'good craic, het Ierse equivalent van gezelligheid.
  • Cinemagazine.nl: The Last Right biedt een fijne, warme ontsnapping aan het dagelijks leven.
  • Filmtotaal.nl: Crehan levert een vermakelijk speelfilmdebuut met een hoog feelgoodgehalte.
  • Volkskrant.nl: Michiel Huisman doet het uitstekend als Amerikaanse Ier in de gemoedelijke roadmovie The Last Right.
  • Trouw.nl: Een warme film met een simpele boodschap: wees vriendelijk, ook voor vreemden. Prima acteurs en liefdevolle blikken op Ierland.
  • AD.nl: De film weet een fijne sfeer neer te zetten, met behulp van droogkomische, typische humor en aaibare Ieren in minirolletjes.
  • NRC.nl: kruist het genre van de roadmovie met elementen uit de romantische komedie. Het resultaat is plezierig.
  • Parool.nl: Een verademing, zo zou je het sympathieke The Last Right kunnen omschrijven in deze barre tijden.
  • Filmireland.net: A thoughtful approach to grief and isolation with sadness and humour that will ultimately offer hope for its characters. It's an unexpected road trip full of heartbreak, humour and human kindness.
  • TheGuardian.com: Gently heartwarming, this homecoming story about a lawyer and his autistic brother fits like a well-worn onesie.
  • Irishtimes.com: A likeable salute to a Magic Ireland we don't see much anymore. Lovely performances.
  • TheTimes.co.uk: Writer-director Aoife Crehan makes a fine — and madcap — debut.
  • Entertainment.ie: Sweet and earnest in all the right places.
  • Filmireland.net: Dutch actor Michiel Huisman has a fresh and alluring onscreen presence.
  • Totallydublin.ie: Hilarious

The Dark and the Wicked

Horror
Available on VOD: 1 april 2021
Director: Bryan Bertino
Cast: Marin Ireland (Homeland, Hell or High Water), Michael Abbott Jr., Xander Berkeley (The Walking Dead), Julie Oliver-Touchstone

On a secluded farm in a nondescript rural town, a man is slowly dying. Bedridden and fighting through his final breaths, he's a source of deep sadness for his wife, who's succumbing to overwhelming grief. To help their mother and say their goodbyes to their father, grown-up siblings Louise (Marin Ireland) and Michael (Michael Abbott Jr.) return to their family farm. It doesn't take long for them to see that something's wrong with mom, though—something more than her heavy sorrow. Gradually, as their own grief mounts, Louise and Michael begin suffering from a darknes' similar to their mother's...

Reviews
  • Volkskrant.nl: Schrijver en regisseur Bryan Bertino maakt van The Dark and the Wicked een indringende, onafgebroken sombere zit. 4 sterren.
  • Filmtotaal.nl: Bertino speelt een geraffineerd spel met suggestie en creëert daarmee een intrigerend monster dat nét ongrijpbaar blijft. Wat The Dark and the Wicked bovendien ijzingwekkend maakt, is dat je al heel gauw doorkrijgt dat niemand veilig is.
  • Telegraaf.nl: sfeervolle horrorvertelling.
  • SchokkendNieuws.nl: The Dark and the Wicked is een ijzersterke mood piece die opbouwt naar een klassieke, misschien zelf iets té klassieke, horrorclimax.
  • Trouw.nl: Flinke, ouderwetse schrikeffecten en vooral een allesoverheersend gevoel van angst, verval en het naderende einde. De angst is intens...
  • Parool.nl: Een grimmige kermisrit, die het publiek in hoog tempo van de ene schok naar de andere voert. Het levert klamme handjes en hartkloppingen op.
  • Movieaddicts.nl: The Dark and the Wicked is in potentie zo’n horror pareltje. Wat betreft de opbouw weet hij het de gehele film goed te doseren tot en met de bevredigende climax. Een aanrader voor iedereen welke een avondje ongemakkelijk zitten in de bioscoop wel kan waarderen.
  • Cinemagazine.nl: een donkere en naargeestige psychologische horrorfilm die duidelijk boven het genregemiddelde uitsteekt. Een ideale film voor een regenachtige najaars- of winteravond waarop de wind hoorbaar over de daken giert.
  • DeProtagonisten.nl: The Dark and the Wicked vonden we bovengemiddeld prima met een goede cinematografie.
  • RogerEbert.com: This is an unsettling movie that is more admirably brutal than it is outright scary.
  • 28dayslateranalysis.com: Very punishing in its seriousness and use of violence, The Dark and the Wicked will entertain.
  • Austinchronicle.com: The Dark and the Wicked pulls no punches, either in its sense of perpetual unease, its occasional moments of understated yet truly stomach-churning gore, or in its emotional heft.
  • Awardswatch.com: There's no doubt that it's the most terrifying tale of the supernatural subgenre told in a long time and one of the best horror films of the year.
  • Backseatmafia.com: Bertino conjures up an atmosphere of suffocating fear. The Dark & The Wicked showcases the best in current genre cinema.
  • Bostonhassle.com: A perverse delight, oozing with country-fried creepiness and some remarkable performances.
  • Gmbacklot.com: It is rare that a film manages to cut deep into my core. It is a deeply disturbing nightmare that grabs for the jugular and does not let go for the over 90-minute runtime. While not an easy watch, for anyone that loves horror, this is a film that needs to be seen. 
  • Eyeforfilm.co.uk: With strong performances all round, this Fantasia 2020 pick is a fireside yarn of a film, a story to tell to one another as we huddle together against the dark.
  • Elementsofmadness.com: It’s a dirty, gory, cruel film that many horror films are still too afraid to be at times. Horror in its purest form. With strong performances all round, this Fantasia 2020 pick is a fireside yarn of a film, a story to tell to one another as we huddle together against the dark.
  • Fathersonholygore.com: The Dark and the Wicked is another awesome piece of work from Bryan Bertino. [He] looks at an evil so dark and so brutally oppressive there’s nothing that can save us, no god of any sort whose power can ward it off, and he pulls not a single punch doing it.
  • Filmschoolrejects.com: The Dark and the Wicked is a true chiller that tightens its grip on viewers from the very first scenes and doesn’t let go until the end credits roll. Suffocating terror and nerve-wracking tension.
  • Flickhunter.blogspot.com: Bertino builds the level of terror methodically keeping the audience on edge as the stakes rise in the final act.
  • Haddonfieldhorror.com: Bryan Bertino’s latest film The Dark And The Wicked, playing as part of Fantasia 2020, is without a doubt one of the best horror films of the past five years. An exercise in dread (and scares) weaved into a story about grief, communication and guilt.
  • Moviesinfocus.com: A well crated and intelligent horror film, The Dark And The Wicked is a strong and powerful slice of genre cinema which gets deep under the skin. It’s one of the best horror films of the year.
  • Rue-morgue.com: a standout discovery at this year’s Fantasia, and takes an immutable place amongst 2020’s most frightening films.
  • Scaredsheepless.wordpress.com: Sometimes, what you want from a horror film is for it to shake you, give your bones a good rattle and really go for something deeply unpleasant and profoundly scary. The Dark and The Wicked is one of those films.
  • Screenanarchy.com: Perfectly set up, established and executed, this is no hyperbole, The Dark and The Wicked is one of the scariest movies of the year.
  • Sonic-cinema.com: The ending is what people will remember, however, and it’s a mammoth gut punch, pulled off in a powerful, simple way that will be difficult to get out of your head.
  • Thelastthingisee.com: Bertino’s supernatural horror, filtered through the lens of familial grief and trauma, is perhaps the most truly terrifying film of the year.

Death in Texas

Action
Available on VOD: 5 augustus 2021
Director: Scott Windhauser
Cast: Lara Flynn Boyle (Men In Black II, The Practice, Twin Peaks), Stephen Lang (Avatar, Don't Breathe, In The Blood), Bruce Dern (Monster, The Astronaut Farmer), Ronnie Gene Blevins (The Conjuring III)

Billy Walker (Blevins) is released from prison to find that his mother, Grace (Flynn Boyle), needs a liver transplant or will die within weeks. In the hospital she meets John (Lang) whom she shares some intimate moments with. In a last ditch effort to save her, Billy, descends into El Pasos’ dark underbelly of drugs and sex trafficking, discovering unlikely allies and redemption along the way. Billy and his mother wrestle with a lifetime of bad choices, and in the end, only one decision can save them both.

Reviews
  • Blu-ray.com: Scott Windhauser finds a fresh way to deal with old genre business in "Death in Texas." He commits to character and performance, working to get the audience invested in these damaged people and their emotional history, making clear connections between the players while gradually increasing tension.
  • Eyeforfilm.co.uk: Boyle has had a number of misfires over the course of her career, but here she really delivers, and she has great chemistry with Lang. The other main performances are similarly impressive.
  • Jbspins.com: Ronnie Gene Blevins deserves credit for his hardboiled but understated performance as Walker.
  • Nightmarishconjurings.com: This cast is excellent. Bruce Dern brings that same grit that is present in the entire film and it makes him a perfect baddie. As for Stephen Lang, he’s a great actor, giving a great performance of a terribly written character. Truthfully, that’s the heart of the issue with this film. It’s a grouping of excellent performances.

Jakob's Wife

Horror
Available on VOD: 12 augustus 2021
Director: Travis Stevens
Cast: Larry Fessenden (I Sell the Dead, Hellbenders), Barbara Crampton (You're Next, Re-Animator), Bonnie Aarons (The Nun, Silver Linings Playbook)

Anne is in her late 50s and feels like her life and marriage have beenshrinking over the past thirty years. Through a chance encounter with astranger, she discovers a new sense of power and an appetite to live biggerand bolder than before. However, these changes come with a toll on hermarriage and a heavy body count.

Reviews
  • Joblo.com: a blood-soaked good time that gives Crampton the role of her career.
  • Filmthreat.com: That uniqueness is in every frame. Believe me when I tell you that Jakob’s Wife is worth seeing.
  • Latimes.com: This is where having actors the caliber of Crampton and Fessenden pays off.
  • Nightmarishconjurings.com: A vital and shocking modern vampire story, pulses with joy and the electricity that flows through the human heart.
  • Rogersmovienation.com: Has gloriously icky makeup, over-the-top geysers of blood goofiness, down-and-dirty vampire trash talk laughs.
  • Rogerebert.com: Fessenden and Crampton play it real. Very well-conceived and well-executed.
  • Aisleseat.com: Jakob's Wife is freaky, gory, darkly funny, and, best of all, substantive. I very much want to see it again. This is easily my favorite movie from the 2021 SXSW Film Festival.
  • Austinchronicle.com: By turns funny, grisly, tragic and insightful, Jakob's Wife carries the smartness of years. Never has the idea that vampire and vampire hunter are caught in a codependent relationship been more elegantly and humorously framed.
  • Culturecrypt.com: Barbara Crampton and Larry Fessenden are fantastic in the film.
  • Filmschoolrejects.com: A fantastically worthy dynamic. You can’t possibly go wrong with a movie that lets Crampton tell a little girl to fuck off.
  • Slantmagazine.com: Well acted, sturdily constructed, and psychologically astute.
  • Moviesandmania.com: It's funny, it’s bloody and it will warm your bleeding heart.
  • Backseatmafia.com: Jakob’s Wife is up there with her [Barbara Crampton] best performances.
  • Badfeelingmag.com: a gory and crowd-pleasing horror-comedy that feels perfectly-suited for these times.
  • Fathersonholygore.com: Awesome genre work. A horrifying, darkly hilarious tale.
  • Horrorobsessive.com: Fresh, entertaining, and unexpectedly substantive.
  • Dreadcentral.com: an homage to classic vampire stories and a tribute to Barbara Crampton.

The Stylist

Horror
Available on VOD: 9 september 2021
Director: Jill Gevargizian
Cast: Najarra Townsend (Me and You and Everyone We Know), Brea Grant (Eastsiders, Lucky)

Everyone dreams of being someone else, but for Claire, that dream goes from an obsession to a living nightmare. Her job as a hairstylist allows her to move in and out of other people’s worlds, but when the right target sits in her chair, she does more than observe the client’s life – she ends it and keeps a permanent souvenir. Her lonely life, meticulous method, and shocking secrets are suddenly thrown into turmoil when her regular client, Olivia, asks her to style her hair for her wedding.

Reviews
  • Imaginefilmfestival.nl: Als de levens van de twee vrouwen met elkaar verstrengeld raken, belandt de film pas echt op verontrustend terrein en wordt dan ook voor de kijker pijnlijk. De twee hoofdrolspeelsters zijn voortreffelijk.
  • Bfi.org.uk: a cut-throat hairdresser horror story.
  • Badfeelingmag.com: A haunting and empathetic serial killer thriller.
  • Gobeyondtheveil.co.uk: her mix of surreal aesthetics and twisted, psychological horror is exactly what the genre needs right now.
  • Bloodygoodhorror.com: An elegant crescendo of madness.
  • Butwhythopodcast.com: The Stylist will surely make many horror fans’ “Best Horror Films of 2020” lists and I for one am extremely excited. 9/10.
  • Cgmagonline.com: Gevargizian’s feature is terrifying and moody and dares us to sympathize with a psycho killer.
  • Entertainment-focus.com: A seriously chilling horror that will linger on in your mind for days after you’ve seen it.
  • Fleapitsandpicturepalaces.blogspot.com: destined to be one of the genre highlights of 2021.
  • Haddonfieldhorror.com: a uniquely feminine and sympathetic take on the well worn obsessed female friend trope.
  • Horrorcultfilms.co.uk: the best ending from any film of the festival.
  • Horrorigins.com: A well-scripted, gorgeously shot film, oozing with pathos and human emotion. Add the film to your must-watch list for 2021.
  • Loudandclearreviews.com: A suspenseful serial killer origin story that all horror fans should savor.
  • Moviesinfocus.com: Richly layered and brilliantly characterised, The Stylist is a wonderful off-beat horror film.
  • Ocmoviereviews.com: stunning performance by Townsend, the superb attention to detail.
  • Itsblogginevil.com: clipping thriller with a hair-raising performance by Najarra Townsend.
  • Warped-perspective.com: A thoughtfully-composed horror story, as compassionate as it is grisly, with careful, plausible characters and an ending which feels both incredibly OTT and somehow inevitable.
  • Trueviewreviews.com: a psychologically complex macabre tale with richly developed characters.
  • Themoviewaffler.com: boasts one of the most demented antagonists of recent horror movies, but also one of the most sympathetic.

Monsters of Man

Action
Available on VOD: 16 september 2021
Director: Mark Toia
Cast: Neal McDonough (Minority Report, The 100), Brett Tutor, Jose Rosete (The Walking Dead), Jessica Blackmore

A robotics company vying to win a lucrative military contract team up with a corrupt CIA agent to conduct an illegal live field test. They deploy four weaponised prototype robots into a suspected drug manufacturing camp in the Golden Triangle, assuming they'd be killing drug runners that no one would miss. Six doctors on a humanitarian mission witness the brutal slaughter and become prime targets.

Reviews
  • Bulletproofaction.com: Monsters of Man could easily attract the same kind of cult following that takes an unknown film which went direct to video or streaming and make it the type of film that has three or four sequels.
  • Explosiveaction.com: This film was mental! Utterly relentless in its execution, these robots are the true modern Terminators.
  • Horrordna.com: a fast, good-looking film that’s a modern Terminator amped up to eleven.
  • Theactionelite.com: Totally badass and the hard R action make it worth a watch.
  • Voicesfromthebalcony.com: The robots are heavily armed, but they seem to be quite happy to crush skulls, stomp on people and generally get up close and personal with their victims.

Bloodthirsty

Horror
Available on VOD: 1 oktober 2021
Director: Amelia Moses
Cast: Lauren Beatty (Jigsaw), Greg Bryk (Ad Astra, Saw V), Katharine King So, Michael Ironside (X-Men: First Class, Terminator Salvation, Starship Troopers)

Grey, an indie singer, whose first album was a smash hit, gets an invitation to workwith notorious music producer Vaughn Daniels at his remote studio in the woods.Together with her girlfriend/lover Charlie, they arrive at his mansion, and the wokbegins. But Grey is having visions that she is a wolf, and as her work with theemotionally demanding Vaughn deepens, the vegan singer begins to hunger formeat and the hunt. As Grey starts to transform into a werewolf, she begins to findout who she really is, and begins to discover the family she never knew. What willit take to become a great artist and at what cost to her humanity?

Reviews
  • Austinchronicle.com: Bloodthirsty is guaranteed to be unlike any werewolf horror film you’ve ever seen.
  • Badfeelingmag.com: Soaked in the beautiful atmosphere of the secluded cabin surrounded by snow, Bloodthirsty is a unique take on the classic werewolf story.
  • Bloodbrothersfilms.com: A layered and character-focused film that hits hard on its emotional moments and features some fantastically nuanced performances and a sense of atmosphere that fits right in with the current state of horror.
  • Butwhythopodcast.com: Bloodthirsty‘s unique premise and the way it was carried out through the character of Grey was executed well.
  • Cgmagonline.com: A well crafted scary story.
  • Fathersonholygore.com: The view of monstrosity, from predators to artists, in Bloodthirsty is unforgettable.
  • Ghastlygrinning.com: A claustrophobic chiller that fans of werewolf films and heady horror cinema need to put on their radars.
  • Ihorror.com: Bloodthirsty is heatbreaking, transformative and gory, and takes you in places that few lycan films have gone before.
  • Screenzealots.com: Continues the welcome trend of women telling stories about women, especially when it comes to female-centric horror.
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