I watch a lot of extreme films, from Alienteur to Come and See, August Underground to the Guinea Pig series... it’s a long list. At this point I’m a bit jaded. It’s not often that a film comes around that shocks me, but this is one of them: A Serbian Film is definitely in the top five most disturbing films I’ve ever seen. You may feel like your soul needs a shower after watching this one.
The real surprise is that beyond the shocking and profoundly disgusting content matter, A Serbian Film is actually a well-made film with some sympathetic characters, which really increased the revulsion I felt while watching what they go through.
Christina's House: a title that hardly inspires terror—much like the half-baked plot. It tries to make up for this by making every character in the film creepy in a bizarre attempt to confuse the viewer into wondering which of the creepy people is the killer. As strange things happen, Christina begins to wonder if she is losing her mind like her crazy mother, or is something wrong actually happening?
What happens when you mix basketball with Thai kickboxing, pipes, brass knuckles and knives? A whole lot of people get hurt; it’s so brutal that fatalities are not uncommon.
There are two ways to win the sport of Fireball—score a single basket, or be the only team with men left standing. Scoring a basket sounds easy but it becomes a lot harder when people are beating the hell out of you.
Power Kids is an awkward fusion of kids and Thai martial arts cinema. Combine one part Muay Thai with two parts sappy melodrama and you get a final product that just doesn’t measure up to other Thai action flicks.
A nameless protagonist returns from exile to save his one true love in this strange mixture of film noir and action. There may be violence, but there is also talking. A lot of talking. Combining film noir with martial arts is an idea that will sell itself (to a certain crowd). It’s a shame that The Perfect Sleep gets it wrong.
While out driving her expensive car, sappy blonde Glynis Johns (Mad About Men—54) breaks down on a remote road and is forced to ask for help at a large, swanky house owned by a mysterious and beardy Doctor played by the great Dan O’Herlihy (Robocop—87). Questioned by Dr. Caligari (O’Herlihy), Glynis automatically freaks out and ends up trapped in the weirdly decorated mansion/asylum where she soon meets more and more strange people much like herself.
In the years before his death, Charles Bronson had been typecast and spent a lot of time making movies that weren’t very good. It’s easy to forget that he was a talented actor that was in some excellent films, including The Magnificent Seven and Once Upon a Time in the West.
Sensitive sketch cop Jeff Fahey wears glasses and coaches a crap baseball team while hunting a killer/rapist that removes the faces of his victims with a Remington combat knife. Jeff works from photo’s and meets blind gal Courtney Cox! who survived an attack and was allowed live coz she can’t see and therefore can’t identify her assailant. Wrong. She felt his face (hence the title) and Jeff sets about pencilling the perp.
Has there ever been a Turkish-flavored Danish Kung Fu film? Thanks to Fighter the answer to that question is “yes”. Beyond being a rather unique item, it’s also a really good film, full of beautifully shot and choreographed martial arts and a strong story.