“Buddhist Horror Film” Mantra Wins Best Picture at Fifth Annual Fright Night Film Fest

Via Reverend Danny Fisher
on Sep 17, 2009
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“Lara Blake and Ashley Florence eat your delusions in Brian Wimer’s Buddhist horror movie Mantra.” Photo by Sallah Baloch for The Hook.

The Hook reports that director Brian Wimer’s new “Buddhist horror film” Mantra has won the Best Picture prize at this year’s Fright Night Film Fest.  The film is “based on the director’s personal experience practicing bardo death-state meditations on a ten-day retreat with Buddhist monks in Dharamsala, India,” and is described as “a graphic, unflinching depiction of six people’s inner demons…a meditation on desire, delusion and death-resolving in rebirth and redemption-perhaps a first for a horror film.”

In addition, the film’s witty tagline is

“No one can save you from yourself.”

Watch the trailer and find out more about Mantra at its official website.

“A Buddhist horror film. Ten minutes of nudity. Twenty pints of blood. Four noble truths.”


About Reverend Danny Fisher

Rev. Danny Fisher, M.Div., D.B.S. (Cand.), is a professor and Coordinator of the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program at University of the West in Rosemead, CA. He was ordained as a lay Buddhist minister by the Buddhist Sangha Council of Southern California in 2008. In addition, he is certified as a mindfulness meditation instructor by Naropa University in association with Shambhala International. A member of the National Association of College and University Chaplains, he serves on the advisory council for the Upaya Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program. In addition to his work for elephant journal, he is a blogger for Shambhala Sun. He has also written for Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Religion Dispatches, The Journal of Buddhist Ethics, The Journal of Religion & Film, Eastern Horizon, New York Spirit, Alternet's Wiretap Magazine, and other publications. His award-winning website is http://www.dannyfisher.org


One Response to ““Buddhist Horror Film” Mantra Wins Best Picture at Fifth Annual Fright Night Film Fest”

  1. Nice memories of this I found a site to watch horror flicks online also go look son!