Friday, February 14, 2014

Art-House Gore: THANATOMORPHOSE will disturb and sicken

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Director: Éric Falardeau

Cast: Kayden Rose, David Tousignant, Émile Beaudry, Karine Picard, Roch-Denis Gagnon

Unearthed Films / Region 1 / Unrated / 1.85:1 Widescreen / 2.0 Dolby Digital / 100 minutes

Extras: Making of / Sitges 2012 interview / Three short films / Trailers

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From the opening pre-title card scene, you just know that Canadian filmmaker Éric Falardeau's first feature will be special. It begins with very dark close-ups of slowly writhing body parts bathed in cool, serene colors with a low, ominous bass line playing, seemingly in the throes of passion. A grating industrial cacophony rises from the depths while more of the bodies come into the light and the colors become heated with yellows, oranges and reds. Now it is apparent that the sex is intense, aggressive and maybe even a little abusive. Boom, title card. That is how Thanatomorphose begins, and from there it only gets more severe and exquisite.
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