Posted by Danny at 10:20 PMLabels: Look What Danny Watched, Project Horror
Of every movie on the list, I probably went into this one the most unspoiled. With other movies, even if you only get a two word description of the plot you're still finding out something about it. For instance, zombie Nazis, schizo Koreans, or sleepwalking murderers. All that I really knew about this one is that it's a "shockumentary" about bizarre and grotesque occurrences. I think that I was expecting something along the lines of Faces of Death (which I also haven't seen).
That couldn't have been more wrong. In fact, I really don't understand why on the categories Netflix used for this movie, they included Italian Horror. This is not a horror film. There are a few unpleasant scenes, but the movie as a whole is more of a travelogue of oddities. Maybe at the time that it was made, some of its content was more shocking or titillating, but now it just seems sort of quaint. I was reminded of something an anthropology professor told our class on the first day of the semester during my sophomore year: "For the business majors in the room, please don't treat the people that we're going to study as though we're taking a trip to the zoo." This movie was kind of like taking a trip to the zoo.
Since it was Oscar-nominated for its music, I'll mention that the score was really good. Also, this made me curious enough to look ahead at the rest of my planned movies - only one other went to the Oscars. The movie I'll be watching as part of a double feature on Day 29 was nominated for Best Costume Design and won for Best Foreign Language Film. Do with that what you will, internet sleuths! Bonus points if you can then tell me what the second movie of the double feature will be.
Mondo Cane - decent documentary, not a horror film. I give it three dogs out of five.