Masked Mystery Man Sells Movie in Canadian Metropolis

Makinov's Come Out and Play

There are a lot of professions out there that might require a person to wear a mask: welder, murderer, Mexican professional wrestler. But one job that we don’t often think of as being held by hooded weirdos is film director. A mysterious figure from Belarus known only as Makinov is looking to change all of that, however.

Despite the fact that Makinov appears in public only while wearing a creepy red bag over his head, and despite the fact that nobody really has any idea who he is, he was somehow able to make a horror movie called Come Out and Play and get it shown at TIFF. According to the festival’s synopsis, Come Out and Play is a movie about a young couple (Vinessa Shaw and Ebon Moss-Bachrach) looking to vacation on a beautiful island off the coast of Mexico. Unfortunately, things take a tragic turn when they discover that the island is populated solely by creepy children who want to murder them. Ain’t that always the easiest way to ruin a vacation?

The big news about the film [via THR] is that soon after its premiere at TIFF’s Midnight Madness, Makinov was able to sell its U.S. distribution rights to Cinedigm Entertainment Group, who plan to give it a theatrical release as well as a VOD release in 2013. Cinedigm Vice President of Theatrical Acquisitions, Vincent Scordino, said of the decision to buy a film made by a man who is hiding his identity, “We’ll admit that at first we didn’t know what to make of Makinov. That confusion ended upon seeing this provocative film. We can’t wait to introduce it to horror audiences, as well as anyone considering having children.” Scordino sounds like a fun guy.

Still curious about who this Makinov fellow is and why he’s going through all the trouble of making movies while wearing a bag over his head? TIFF’s Midnight Madness blog [via] has a bio that came with their screener copy of the film, and a brief video Makinov has made that he’s referring to as his manifesto. The bio states:

Makinov was born in Belarus. The elusive director refuses to disclose his first and last name. He began his career as a focus puller in Russia, and later travelled to Mexico to study and shoot two documentary films on Huichol shamanism. After what he describes as a near-death experience, he forged a new identity, referring to himself as Makinov. He believes that by punishing the ego through anonymity, he can command the wisdom of being one with nothing. Come Out And Play (12) is his latest feature film.

And the manifesto looks something like this:

What do you think? Is Makinov an enigmatic artist whose work in horror will be intriguing us for years, or just some dork in a mask looking to get big quick by pulling off a publicity stunt?

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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