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5.0 out of 5 stars artistic and extreme horror
very arty and well shot with lots of style but also very very gory and has scenes of hardcore xxx to give it that edge. It Will not get a uncut release in Britain. Did not like scenes of people cutting themselfs for real

The DVD is very good and has loads of extras.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Weird & Disjointed
"House of Flesh Mannequins' is a joint Italo-American production combining an Italian director and leading man with a U.S. based setting and actors in, one would imagine, an attempt to gain better distribution access to the N. American market. The result is intriquing, but a little clunky in its' execution. Intense fetishistic elements are displayed on screen within the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Weird & Disjointed, 1 Jan 2013
This review is from: House of Flesh Mannequins [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
"House of Flesh Mannequins' is a joint Italo-American production combining an Italian director and leading man with a U.S. based setting and actors in, one would imagine, an attempt to gain better distribution access to the N. American market. The result is intriquing, but a little clunky in its' execution. Intense fetishistic elements are displayed on screen within the context of a (purportedly 'based on a true story') plot that follows the 'romantic' connection that is made between an attractive young woman and a strange guy who lives in her apartment block. The story is, sort of, told from the perspective of the woman - as she gets sucked into the bizarre world of voyeuristic photography that her mysterious 'landlord'/neighbor is engrossed in.

There is a somewhat amateurish quality to parts of this film that detract from the 'suspension of disbelief' factor that cinema relies upon and the motivations and connections between characters is not handled all that smoothly - so that, on first viewing, it becomes a bit confusing as to: who is who and why they are doing what they're doing. This may be a result of the cross-cultural challenges faced by the Italian director, or his naivete in the industry. Regardless - the aspect of this film that has apparently attracted attention is the weirdness (and purported 'reality') of some of the bent fetish elements & the 'explicit' sex that are depicted. The film is divided into 'chapters' and the one entitled 'House of Flesh Mannequins' introduces us (via the photographer character) to a strange place where individuals are, rather inexplicably, housed in small viewing rooms where their peculiarities and sexual practices may be 'observed' by 'outsiders'. The sexual explicitness includes a lot of full nudity by both sexes, but most of the actual 'action' seems to focus on male erections & self satisfaction - shown in fleeting glimpses of quick cuts and 'artfully' dim lighting. Though it is not overly clear in the film... there are ostensibly some 'snuff' scenes enacted within the 'House', and also shown in the 'movies' that the male protagonist has been filming which are 'projected' within the larger film. The principle characters are presented as if they are all 'working through' some intense personal past traumas - but the director doesn't manage to build much empathy or cohesion within the plot to hold it all together or make the viewer care much about the participants.

The 'extras' section on the disk actually provides the hardest hitting imagery - there is a 'bonus' segment devoted to the 'snuff' scenes where the 5 vignettes that depict such are presented in much greater detail and longevity than they appear within the film - providing the viewer with a lengthy look at penile mutilations and some pretty harrowing piercing scenarios - 'some' of which appear to be for real. This film does present some very intense fetish images, in keeping with the tone of our modern times where such fare is apparently ever more acceptable to the mainstream - but its' success as an integrated piece of cinema is questionable. Taken in the spirit of a sorta post-modern Grand Guignol it's a pretty entertaining watch - if you like this sort of twisted stuff... but I feel that the director needs a little more 'practice' before anyone starts equating him to another 'Argento' or the like.
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5.0 out of 5 stars artistic and extreme horror, 29 Mar 2012
This review is from: House of Flesh Mannequins [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
very arty and well shot with lots of style but also very very gory and has scenes of hardcore xxx to give it that edge. It Will not get a uncut release in Britain. Did not like scenes of people cutting themselfs for real

The DVD is very good and has loads of extras.
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