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A Serbian Film (DVD)
Member Name: The_Baron
A Serbian Film (DVD)
Date: 15/02/11, updated on 16/02/11 (16 review reads)
Advantages: Original and well executed piece of extreme horror
Disadvantages: Might need to up your anti-depressant dosage to 30mg
There seems to be a new trend in exploitation films, and that is too actually make them good. With the popularity of Hostel and Saw, the infamy of The Human Centipede and foreign cult classics like Audition and Martyrs, a lot of the most unsettling films made in the 21st century are well directed, well acted and are even use have high quality visuals and audio. Except The Human Centipede.
A Serbian Film is firmly lodged in my mind's top three disturbing movies and it doesn't use shock tactics or ultra violence to draw you in at first, but instead uses an interesting plot device in which a middle aged but still capable male porn star is persuaded into making an 'artsy' porno graphybecause of his lack of funds. What ensues, usually to a mix of a haunting, subtle soundtrack or hardcore sex sounds, is a surreal journey into depravity in which the viewer is left as confused as the protagonist. Strange scenes of women being beaten, then worse, are shown to be done routinely by the director's henchmen and then Milos himself as he becomes, via drugs and manipulation, increasingly under control of the company, who 'Make films no one else will, for special clients.'
The viewer is treated to a mix of seeing a happy, humble home life for Milos and then of course violent, depraved, illegal sex acts committed by this mysterious film company. Also a disturbing twist to the genre is, most of the victims in the film seem quite happy to be abused and mistreated in this way and during the porn scenes you become absolutely emerged in the extreme of psychological depravity, you feel dirty by the time the credits start rolling. In fact, all the surrealist violence seems so matter of fact and formal throughout, it takes a dead body being sodomised to shake you out of the trance.
I went into the film blind, without knowing any specifics and I urge you to do the same, as the twist at the end hits you like a freight train of disgust and even though it isn't particularly graphic or gory, WILL leave itself imprinted in your mind. I can't see many films beating this in terms of balancing the worst horror set pieces imaginable with both original and intriguing dialogue and plot. It won't crush your soul entirely, but the faint hearted might not want to watch it to the finale, but most of us always will due to mere morbid curiosity. After all, to quote the film, 'Victim is the priciest sell in this world'.
Summary: A good film, deserving of it notoriety. Make sure you get an uncut.