Wisconsin Death Trip  [DVD]
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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.
"Hypnotic and provocative" -- Chicago Tribune
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Required viewing, and incidentally, a perfect present for the Goth in your life.....
Murders, suicides, the tragic deaths of children, insanity, and even a woman who feels compelled to smash windows drift through this film, all at the same slow, dreamy pace. There is also some historical context given for these endless strange events, some of which seemed to be triggered by the terrible poverty and hardship suffered by recent immigrants to the US trying to scratch out a living on worthless land, particularly in the depths of a particularly brutal winter. However, this isn't a film that purports to be in any way investigative: no answers are offered up. Instead, we're left to make up our own minds about what we've just seen.
This is an incredibly atmospheric, oddly compelling film, and occasionally a little disturbing. It's not something you'll forget in a hurry.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great documentary. Very creepy eerie and dark.
Whatever happened to this isolated little community which produced such insanity?
A riveting watch
Where to begin ? This documentary is not just bad, but bad to the point where "bad" takes a whole new meaning. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Darren
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. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Katalin
This is not horror its a documentary and not clear to the point I could not stand the stupid whispering.. It could of been documented in a better way.. Read morePublished 19 months ago by dolly
On the hope this documentary was based on a theory of insanity, I was very disappointed. Also not sure on the point of the documentaryPublished 19 months ago by Dntdoshots
I was intrigued by the Victorian post-mortem photography as I think it's fascinating that our not-so-distant ancestors took part in this, what we now see as, unfathomable activity. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Hilary Gordon
i wanted more horror and darkness than this could offer but since i was really high i dont remembr much nowPublished 22 months ago by TONY BOSS