Twisted Minds - Underground Reviews

torsdag 8 februari 2018


Directed by: Domiziano Cristopharo
Written by: Andrea Cavaletto
Stars: Yuri Antonosante, Tiziano Cella, Aurora Kostova

Country: Italy
Style: Arthouse | Extreme | Thriller
Runtime: 1h 39min

Italy's premiere indie film maker Domiziano Cristopharo is quickly rising to the top of his game and has become an unmatched force in the genre. Numerous movies under his belt (House Of Flesh Mannequins, Red Krokodil, Virus: Extreme Contamination) and many solid collaborations with individuals such as Poison Rouge (American Guinea Pig 4: Sacrifice) and Adam Ford (Torment) in a series appropriately titled The Trilogy Of Death . Info for The Trilogy Of Death can be found here and from what I've seen so far it promises to be one of the most intense colletion to raise its ugly gore fettered head in the scene.

Cristopharo has also collaborated with other directors in an anthology series titled P.O.E. which features short films inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe and promises to be a smörgåsbord of different styles and visions of the famous poets tales of sublime terror and mystery. If your an avid follower of the indie horror scene you have probably heard Cristopharo's involvement in the latest installment as producer of American Guinea Pig 4: Sacrifice to debut director Poison Rouge who brought so much beauty and savagery packed into one feature its hard to fathom.

Doll Syndrome follows another series of films Cristopharo has master minded including a movie titled Red Krokodil, a film about living in an abyss of drug use and being a slave to your vices and demons. Red Krokodil was a vision of wallowing in purgatory while Doll Syndrome represents Cristopharo's vision of one mans hell. Doll Syndrome is such an offbeat vision of perversion, despair and torment and while watching you are thrown into the vision he creates while actor and co producer Tiziano Cella delivers a jaw dropping robotic performance which seems impossibly human its that effective.

Doll Syndrome is a condition where a person becomes emotionless or doll like after traumatic events and in the case of Cella's character we learn in the intro he has experienced his trauma while serving in the army as we see various disturbing photos featuring the degradation of prisoners at the military's hands. Cella spends days in his trance like and disturbing state where he hardly communicates with those around him and its almost as if he is not even present in the outside world because he is practically ignored. He goes about his days in a disturbing fashion of twisted personal rituals which include masturbation, vomiting after his meals and on a regular basis, lying around his apartment naked smoking cigarettes and an obsession with toilets which include a sick perverted sexual fascination which has him urinating on himself or licking the toilet bowl. He viciously picks at his own body in a violent fashion including mauling his own scars and wounds and in one memorable scene he almost forces his face to smile and change expressions while insanely rubbing and poking at his mouth and teeth in a graphic maniacal fashion.

This movie practically has zero dialogue and is a slow agonizing trip into the hell of one man who grasps at straws daily and carries an unforgettable burden every step of his life. It's fascinating, disgusting and over the top but at the same time an unforgettable vision. The movie culminates when Cella's character finds himself a female muse and then things get even more offbeat and mesmerizing which climaxes with an anal fisting scene of a male captive. The disturbing imagery in Doll Syndrome is highly effective and the music soundtrack provides a perfect background setting for the content while sometimes even seeming a bit too upbeat for the content but I believe it works wonderfully and gets the point across that much more.

Doll Syndrome is an unforgettable journey and believe me when I say Italy has found its version of Marian Dora in Domiziano Cristopharo. Doll Syndrome is an uncomfortable mind numbing experience and quite possibly a realistic portrayal of modern life hell.

My rating: 4 out of 5


Produced by: Domiziano Christopharo, Tiziano Cella
Cinematography by: Domiziano Christopharo
Editing by: Domiziano Christopharo
Special Effects by: Athanasius Pernath
Music by: Il Cristo Fluorescente, Jarman
Language: Spanish | Italian | German | French | English
Color: Color

DistributorThe Enchanted Architect


Owner and writer for Twisted Minds. Combined his love for underground films, music and comics with writing in the 90's. Started tape trading the good stuff around that time when originals of Italian classics by Fulci, Argento, Deodato, Castellari and Margheriti were hard to find. Then came German gore by Ittenbach and Schnaas, Mondo movies and Japanese gore such as Guinea Pig and Men Behind The Sun. Written for Violent Maniacs Cage, Mortados Pages Of Filth, ZFE Films With Attitude, Severed Cinema, Goregasmic Cinema, Pophorror & Extreme Horror Cinema.