antiyou wrote: OtomoChaser wrote:
TattooMike wrote:The uncut "Serbian Film" is no more incredible than the original NC-17 version of "Murder-Set-Pieces". I love horror movies, but there was nothing entertaining about either of those. Just violence and gore for the sake of violence and gore. It IS possible to be violent, gory and still be entertianing. To each his own. I do agree on "Martyrs" though.
I always wondered what happened with "The Poughkeepsie Tapes". It went the way of "Trick r' Treat" and "All The Boys Love Mandy Lane" as movies that the studio, for whatever reason, did not want to release. The only reason that "Trick r' Treat" ever made it to dvd, and subsequently blu-ray, was due to it's large fan base writing in to WB. I never heard anything else about those other two. Now the market has become saturated with terrible found footage films leaving me a little jaded towards that sub-genre. Would've like to have seen Poughkeepsie back when it was first made.
Serbian Film is far better executed than Murder Set Pieces. And its supposed to be allegorical,though i admit the subtext is poorly explored and obscured by the nastiness. I forget that u guys are in the u.s - in the uk,serbian film was extremely heavily censored,hence my preference for and reference to the uncut above any other.
Its explicit,but never gratuitous for gratuitys sake.just my opinion though. I love the movie.
I have to admit, I didn't find a subtext to "A Serbian Film". I didn't particularly enjoy it but it wasn't awful (well it was, but good awful not bad awful). I loved the Katana scene though, that made the room roar with laughter.
Personally, I can't recall a horror film I've enjoyed as much as Martyrs since. I thought Kill List was decent at best. I had a copy with terrible audio so some dialogue and sound effects were extremely loud and others, almost inaudible.
I keep returning to Martyrs,i absolutely love it. I so wanna talk at length about it here,but any spoilers will ruin it for those lucky enough to have it on their 'to view' list.
Not sure what else the director has done,but one to look out for.
I repeat my reccomendation for 'the loved ones'. Its super smart.
Yeah ,the Serbian Film subtext is pretty tenuous and possibly just the director talking pretentiously following the furore. Something about how a state can force people to commit acts they don't wish to do. I think it all gets lost in the unpleasantness of it all, but I figure that is the reason for one character being Serbian intelligence,and rape being used as a weapon as it also was in their war with Bosnia. That country has a lot of demons to exorcise from the Balkan conflict. But an OTT horror is not really the place,especially an OTT horror from a country with a fledgeling emergent cinema. I think the intention was there,but not the skill for execution.
Mind you,Wes Craven said Last House On The Left was a response to film violence and the Vietnam War. He also said Elm St was a Vietnam war allegory once,as i recall. Maybe they have to say these things to try and create artistic justification when they get called on their fudge for going too far.
I thought the scene with the rooster in eyesocket impalement was utterly hysterical. probably not the intention....