Sunday, February 21, 2016

Jason previews Cinequest--A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO SNUFF

And now LADY PSYCHO KILLER isn't even the best lady psycho killer movie I've seen in the past 24 hours.

That might be a bit of a spoiler. Or maybe not, given the opening shot, where the "victim"of a snuff film is clearly the one on control. Even strapped to a table, she's clearly in power over the two numbskulls who are torturing her. Switch to a couple of days earlier, and we see loser idiot brothers trying to make it as filmmakers in L.A. The elder, Dresden, has dreams of money and fame. His little brother Dominic just wants to act. But their dreams may be at an end and they might have to move back to Minnesota, much to the chagrin of their flaming landlord Jorge (who starts out as a cringe-worthy gay joke, but the joke quickly turns to how the brothers are so clueless they don't even see he's gay. He just likes getting "brews with the bros." Anyway, their last chance is a horror film competition, but the deadline is way too close. So they--Dresden, really--come up with a plan. They'll make a snuff film. Not a real one, but the actress won't know that. By kidnapping her and torturing her (without actually hurting her) they'll get a more believable performance. After a pretty funny audition montage, they find their actress. But like I said, they're no match for her. It's a funny ride, and imperfectly enjoyable just for the visceral thrill. But there's also some smart points made about sexism in the media, and in the film industry, and how truly shocking and transgressive it is to go against that grain.

A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO SNUFF enjoys three screenings at Cinequest. Check it out, it's awesome.

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