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A Serbian Film (DVD)
Member Name: icetsunami
A Serbian Film (DVD)
Date: 03/02/11, updated on 04/02/11 (77 review reads)
Advantages: Brave (foolishly so)
Disadvantages: Vile and perverse
I searched for this film in the reviews just to see what comments were left and was surprised to see no-one had reviewed it. I suspect if you have seen it you probably turned it off. For those who haven't seen it let me explain why...
Serbian Film transcends previous attempts at provoking controversy by simply trampling over every film that ever tried to shock you. All the marketing keywords like gritty, raw, shocking and gruesome are just not suitable to prepare you for what is in store. I previously reviewed (sort of) 'Grotesque' which was a film I turned off for a moment before continuing, and that film was savage enough for me to think horror could go no further. I was wrong.
Horror generally breaks down into two categories, gore and psychological. The blood and guts thing has been well explored and with great commercial success but you are left wondering just how much worse it can get. In terms of psychological horror a good scare is great but difficult to achieve whilst maintaining critical credibility. So where to go with this film then?
Serbian Film takes acts that are grossly unimaginable and yet manages to graphically realise them leaving a dreadful sense of horror that is hard to fathom. What is depicted is not only vile but scarring. I have seen a lot of web references to various horror films which say 'don't watch because you can't unsee it' as some sort of marketing hype. With this film it is very true. And don't think I am hyping this film, this is a direct warning to give it a miss.
The plot centres around a retired porn star who is offered a chance to make a lot of money in a groundbreaking new film. Having falling on hard times he needs to accept to support his wife and son. Unfortunately the job evolves into something much darker than he ever expected and he tries to back out. The rich architect of the plan has no intention of losing his star, at any cost.
Themes are not intimated towards but rather explored to the full, disregarding decency and taste. Examples include misogynistic violence/humiliation, rape, murder, incest, paedophilia and necrophilia. You did read that right. Everything portrayed is uncompromising and as such, horrific.
I don't like censorship but this goes way beyond acceptability. It shouldn't be available really and anyone expressing these sort of ideas would be considered dangerous to the majority of sensible people. Obviously this is not suitable for anyone save for media/psychology students (perhaps) and psychopathic sex offenders.
*Edit* I should probably mention that the UK version has over 4 minutes of cuts which is a considerable amount as it addresses solely explicit scenes. The unrated version is available online if you must.
Leave well alone!