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Maybe i'm watching you right now....
on 29 January 2014
So heres a great idea. A killer steals a horror movie from the video shop, tapes over the film with him being all smarmy and intersecting scenes of him killing people in various ways.
It would have been amazing were it not for a little Belgian film called 'Man Bites Dog' back in 1992. Call it homage, call it rip off, but you cannot help but think of that classic while watching this.
But when all is said and done though, it's still a fine movie, but the twist of the movie is that the killer waits for someone to rent the movie, and follow them home, and ultimately kill them.
Max is your typical wannabe middle class thirty something, who knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing. If you can stomach his pretentious fox pops and silly anecdotes, you will love this movie.
Fortunately in my line of work, I deal with these sorts of people everyday, so Max didn't really annoy me much, even his delusional anecdotes about life.
It's a brutal movie, not for the faint hearted, and what makes it brutal, isn't the killings, it's the victims, they are normal people, no back story, your neighbour, someone you pass on the street, and the way the camera lingers on the victim, is the most shocking part of the film.
It loses a point for really trying to make Max seem normal by having him host dinner parties and his friends are annoying, at points I wanted him to kill them.
All in all, it's a brilliant little movie, so what if it homages MBD, the novelty is there, and it works to good effect.