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  • Actors: Ian Holm, Jeffrey Golden, Jo Vukelich, Marcus Monroe, Marilyn White
  • Directors: James Marsh
  • Writers: James Marsh, Michael Lesy
  • Producers: James Marsh, Anthony Wall, Carol Hirschi, Maureen A. Ryan, Nancy Abraham
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 24 May 2004
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001XLWVM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,509 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A most extraordinary experience awaits those with a taste for the strange and the bizarre in the small town of Black River Falls. Rocked by an inexplicable confluence of events in the late 1890s, this sleepy Wisconsin town generated some of the most unlikely news reports and stories ever told. Previously harmless residents – including children – commit a series of gruesome, violent murders. Sightings of ghosts and reports of haunting and possession run rife. An epidemic sweeps through the town and takes with it some of the residents’ newest born sons and daughters. Extreme cases of paranoia, insanity and delirium plague the townsfolk. And the population finds itself terrorized by a cocaine-snorting madwoman with a taste for smashing windows.

Based on documented accounts and narrated by award-winning British actor Ian Holm, this haunting and surreal film beautifully evokes the otherworldly spirit and wayward madness of a time and place marked by an altogether unreal set of circumstances. Bizarre. But true.

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"Hypnotic and provocative" -- Chicago Tribune

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3.1 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Liz Lacey on 25 May 2004
Format: DVD
Haunting, sinister, tragic, beautifully macabre, James Marsh has created an unforgettable work of art in his documentary, "Wisconsin Death Trip". Themes of infanticide, madness, suicide, murder and violent gun-related activity that would make the most cynical paperback chronicler of the doings of serial killers think twice, abound in this stately and exquisitely -imagined film. In one small community,we are presented with the hardships and sufferings of the people through the accounts in their local newspaper. They become vibrant, real, characters who live for a modern sensibility in dramatised vignettes, whispered details from the director of the oft-frequented madhouse, and in powerful photographs preserved from the period. The music contributes to the air of spirited melancholy, ranging from opera to Appalachian melody. Present day scenes point up the undying weirdness still to be found in an outwardly wholesome and idyllic setting- "a great place to bring up children", yes indeed, but also a place where they regularly met with an early demise.
Required viewing, and incidentally, a perfect present for the Goth in your life.....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Jun. 2004
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It is the late 1890's in the town of Black River Falls, Wisconsin and everything is going to hell. There is a diphtheria epidemic that wipes out the children and a long lasting economic depression. Soon after, many of the residents lost their grip on reality and commit suicide and murder in some bizarre and startling ways. James Marsh's documentary pulls the viewer in with these macabre tales and underscores them with color reenactments of some of the events. These reenactments, however, tend to take away from the mysteriousness of the story and keep reminding us that we are over a century away from this event and this is, after all, just a documentary. If only Marsh had kept it all black and white and interspersed more of the real photographs of the townspeople (Black River Falls had its own resident photographer), then it might seem more eerie. It also raises the question that this might not have been that unusual during this period of time in rural America. Black River Falls just happened to have well documented these events. Still, as a reflection of a time when life was hard and times were tough, Marsh succeeds in finding some truly strange occurrences. It's almost as if a curse was placed on this one small town. Iam Holm narrates and his foreboding voice is perfect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jun. 2005
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This brilliantly directed and edited film deals with the town of Black River Falls in Wisconsin, America, from the numerous unexplained murders and suicides from 1890 - 1900, to the troubled lives of Black River Falls residents of the present day. No explanation is given for the deaths in this particular part of the world, but what exact explanation is there? Could it ever happen in the UK?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Seoulprovider on 18 Mar. 2013
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Saw this many moons ago on BBC TV and it knocked me for six. A human and harrowing portrait of the real American West sans Roy Rogers and Trigger. It took guts to be pioneers and so often it ended in isolation, mental illness and tragedy. Striking images meld perfectly with a haunting sound track.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ian on 4 Feb. 2014
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Excellent film. A collection strange, disturbing and sometimes funny stories, taken from an 18th century small-town newspaper. Well worth a look.. Will get you wondering about the archives of your own local newspaper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. B. Griffin on 23 Dec. 2013
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Have watched this so many times and find something different each time. Ian Holms voice is perfect as is the eerie whisperer. The actors and scenes are shocking but believable a very interesting tale
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Not an enjoyable documentary, lacks all narrative other than documents and newspaper articles of the time read out loud, while one is watching random images and recreations. No investigation of the happenings to find out why such horrors happened so extremely often in that particular community. It all consists only of listing of suicides, murders, and deaths of more natural causes. I couldn't watch it longer than half of the film for the accompanying music was really annoying as well, more noise than anything, but that is of course just personal taste.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TONY BOSS on 1 Oct. 2014
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i wanted more horror and darkness than this could offer but since i was really high i dont remembr much now
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