- Actors: Casper Van Dien, Michael Paré, Eric Roberts, Jennifer Rubin, Catherine Oxenberg
- Directors: Uwe Boll
- Writers: Uwe Boll
- Producers: James Shavick, Jeffrey Schenck, Mark R. Harris, Paul Colichman, Shawn Williamson
- Format: Anamorphic, PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 18
- Studio: Metrodome
- DVD Release Date: 12 Feb. 2001
- Run Time: 84 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- ASIN: B000056BXV
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,813 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Seattle detective Jim Renart (Michael Pare) and his partner Dorothy Smith (Jennifer Rubin) are on the trail of a serial killer who claims his victims according to the theme of the three monkeys who see, hear, and speak no evil. Clues are thin on the ground, but when the latest victim is discovered by arrogant stock trader Tom Turner (Casper Van Dien) things begin falling into place, and Renart prepares for the final showdown.
Sanctimony is a slick thriller from German director Uwe Boll in which Seven meets American Psycho. Caspar Van Dien plays Tom Gerrick, a phenomenally successful city trader who leads a double life. By day, he buys and sells stocks; by night he indulges a passion for perverted prurience, visiting the basement of a nightclub to watch the enactment of torture snuff scenarios. Meanwhile hard-ass cop Jim Renart (Streets Of Fire's Michael Pare) and his cynical, Scully-like partner Dorothy (Jennifer Rubin) sift city filth on the trail of a serial killer dubbed the "Monkey Maker" for his predilection, mutilating the eyes, ears and mouths of his victims. Given its similarity to the aforementioned films, Sanctimony's plot twists are all too predictable but nevertheless enjoyable as Boll cranks up the audience's appetite for sick thrills. After finding out that Renart's wife (played by Catherine Oxenberg) is heavily pregnant it's evident that something exceedingly nasty is planned for her several plot points down the line. But it's Van Dien's tight-lipped yuppie psycho that steals the show, throwing the whole shebang into high camp.
On the DVD: The DVD features beautifully designed animated menus but extras are limited to a theatrical trailer and cast and crew filmographies. The main feature is a crystal-clear transfer presented in letterboxed widescreen format with Dolby 5.1 sound. --Chris CampionSee all Product description
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Terrific movie love it
Sanctimony is kind of like this: take elements of "American Psycho", "Silence of the Lambs", and "Seven", put them all in a blender, throw in a serial killer called "The Monkey Maker" (and I'm sure monkeys do figure in with this film somehow, like, perhaps they generated the script), add some inexplicable snuff scenes & have Caspar Van Dien play a prominent stock broker who is obviously not right in the head, and there you have it. Oh, and we have Michael Pare & Jennifer Rubin as cops hot on the trail of the killer, and Michael Pare even drives a VW Bug with a siren, which is sure to intimidate any criminal.
This film just kind of lurches along, somehow, leaving the viewer completely baffled most of the time. The dialog can be somewhat astounding at times, too, which brings us back to that parallel universe theory... I think one of the best things in this film is when Van Dien's character breaks up with his fiancee, and she has a "not engaged" party, complete with a "not a wedding cake", and if that's not enough, her "not a fiancee anymore" shows up and blows everyone away. Her fault, she invited the guy.
It was only morbid curiosity that made me watch this, and it's ALMOST worth a laugh, but it's also almost too weird to laugh at. I do watch a lot of foreign films from cultures that I'm not familiar with, but they have things like stories, plots, characters that one can identify with, a purpose, etc. I never get the feeling of being alienated from the human race as I do from watching Boll's films...being that I'm an adventurous sort, I would like to see at least one of his other abominations before I decide I've had enough (or before I incur brain damage), but personally, my recommedation is: Don't Try This At Home.
1 out of 5, and I'm being overly generous.