The Alchemist Cookbook is a slow burn of a film that follows a man living an isolated existence in the woods. The film is practically dialogue free for the first twenty minutes or so, until Cortez shows up to drop off supplies. It remains quite ambiguous what Sean is trying to accomplish through his various experiments, however it quickly becomes apparent that he is starting to explore areas that he probably should have stayed away from.
It can be hard to get too much into detail about The Alchemist Cookbook without getting into too much detail what the film is about, other than perhaps there are more than a few similarities to a certain Sam Raimi film. The film really takes its time to get to any real horror content and even then the film remains somewhat darkly humorous. While obviously made on the cheap, I still thought that The Alchemist Cookbook was a pretty effective tale of backwoods horror.