S&man (Sandman) [Blu-ray] [Import]
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Director JT Petty dives into the seedy world of underground horror films, drawing on interviews with filmmakers, actors and experts on the genre. Examining the connection between horror film and voyeurism, Petty draws some disturbing conclusions linking these hard-core fetish films with mainstream horror films. The end result is a documentary that will unnerve even the most hardened horror fans.
"Brilliant... so damned smart. So damned awesome." -- Film Threat
"Masterpiece... astounding and surprising power" -- Twitch Film
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This movie looks so raw and real, you'll think you're there with the camera man.
Very spooky movie.
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S&Man draws the horror film aficionado in by splicing together various out takes and interviews including with various film makers including the infamous August Underground players. It humanizes the producers of these kinds of snuff films rather than demonizing them. We see them peddling their "art" at underground festivals and selling their cheesy cinematic explorations to an even more deranged group of people... the viewers. In doing so this film makes you keenly aware you are among the dweebs buying this stuff. After all, you're here aren't you, and you're still watching? We meet a ragtag motley cast of characters who are involved in the making, acting, directing, producing and purchasing the kinds of films most people cannot stomach. Some are a bit more pathetic than others but for the most part they are a lovable bunch. It was great to hear from the Scream Queens of horror and the splicing of a psychologist perspective regarding cameras perspective is a nice touch. Out of all the characters we meet in this "documentary," however, perhaps the least interesting and worst filmmaker of all us in fact, a real serial killer. His films are the least colorful and flamboyant, precisely because real death and murder is nowhere need as sensational as we have come to expect as viewers. It's not until the end that our suspicions are confirmed and the nauseating feeling of befriending a deranged lunatic has already sunk his teeth into our psyche. I found this to be a very interesting movie on a whole host of levels. Not the least of which was the question: When you watch enough death, carnage, and mayhem for entertainment, does real death loose its power? What's more real? For the Sandman, his victims know the answer first hand. Cool movie.
Overall, the film's documentary is very interesting and I think anyone interested in horror or film in general will enjoy it. The film is violent so be prepared and remember that it's all fake; I was even a bit put off by the extreme violence but got through to the (kind of) twist ending. As of 6/11/12, the film is available on Netflix Instant streaming.
This one actually had me hoodwinked! I read the Amazon blurb carefully and convinced myself that it was, in fact, a narrative feature about a horror director who gets caught up in something dark and sinister while looking into the (fascinating to me) world of underground horror. Something like Shock Value.
So I watch the movie for about forty minutes and then the truth begins to sink in...this really is just a documentary.
Let's just set the record straight. I HATE Bill Zebub. Yeah, in the same way you hate that painful hangnail you just can't stop playing with. Surely there shall come a day when I allow the darker elements of myself to watch Bad Acid, but until then I try to keep myself as far away from the man as possible.
And yet I found myself enjoying him most of all. And he was among some pretty esteemed company. Fred Vogel and Christy "Crusty" White. Wow! Yeah, sure, the whole thing was transparently just a behind-the-scenes project for Toe Tag, going all mersh, but still, I liked it enough to merit a four star, which is as much as any documentary this side of Titicut Follies can expect to get from me.
And then I realized that this wasn't real at all.
That Eric Rost guy. Total make pretend. And oooh, it all took a dark turn after I realized that...
You have to love this movie. You just have to.