Twisted Minds - Underground Reviews

tisdag 20 februari 2018


Directed by: Éric Falardeau
Written by: Éric Falardeau
Stars: Kayden Rose, Davyd Tousignant, Émile Beaudry... read more

Country: Canada
Style: Extreme | Mystery
Runtime: 1h 40min

I've just been through one of my worst fever dreams for many years, and what wouldn't be worse than launching a movie, which metaphorically describes the fever dreams you are in? I thought, of course, it would be a fun experiment, but it would soon turn out that I wasn't that receptive of suggestive imbalance so I could perform any noticeable measurement.

Anyway, to continue my review, the style of body horror and its genre has literally been gone for many years, despite the quick attempt from David Cronenberg who tried to reinvent himself with his latest movies and more slippery from his roots with films such as Shivers, Scanners, Rabid and Crash. As the years gone by and David Cronenberg, as well as his Japanese counterpart Shinya Tsukamoto (Tetsuo - The Iron Man) has moved on, other directors have tried to revolutionize its genre again.

Directors, such as Davids son,Brandon Cronenberg, released his debut movie Antiviral in 2012 and Canadian Éric Falardeau, which I am going to write about now, released his debut Thanatomorphose just after making a couple of short films. If you have a very strong relationship with body horror in general, then we believe Cronenberg has been one of the greatest householders, but it isn't surprising that you have a lot of expectations for a movie about the decay of human flesh in combination with sex, violence and evil death.

Thanatomorphose is very nice to start with, it reminds us a lot of hallucinations in the best photo taken from any Gaspar Noé movie, while it looks like a couple in an ongoing LSD-rush. After the rush has been declined and the title image has rolled by, the photo goes on to a more normal level and follows the play of its intercourse, which seems to be very sad that there's strife and anxiety in the protagonist's relation to her one night stand.

This movie is about a young and beautiful woman who literally falls apart. The apparently remarkably unimpressive woman lives in a destructive relationship, both physically and emotionally, which slowly squeezes her life away, waking up a day with mysterious bruises and skin rashes spreading over the body - She's rottening while she still is alive.

With the rest of the movie in my mind now, after surviving my fever dream, this whole scenario is very inspired by the german author Franz Kafka and his short novel Die Verwandlung (1915). What happens next is that the woman's body is beginning to decay, break apart and rot. It begins with her nails falling off, she gets blood in her urine, and the skin rashes begin to resemble of Stephen Johnson-syndrome, which you can get if you eat Lamictal.

With that said, this skin rash doesn't feel misplaced since the woman is eating medicines twice or three times in individual scenes and in combination with her loose sex life, she could be bipolar and eat Lamictal. The solvency of the main character may, as well as causing anxiety and misery to all involved, be an allegory of sexually transmitted diseases, and especially AIDS. In addition to the symptoms of the woman's skin and body just sees as typical as a person with these diseases, and the withdrawal symptoms are very similar to AIDS as well.

Besides that, it also includes traces of stop-motion resembling of Sam Raimi's Evil Dead (1981) and Jan Svankmajer's movies. The movie is also incredibly nice in its photo and the atmosphere are dense and heavy - Benoît Lemire really managed to catch the smell of rotten meat, it was literally in the air. It gave a very suggestive feeling as well and I completely disappeared into it after a short while and I believe that's a pretty good sign.

Thanatomorphose is really a fresh wave, especially when Canada continues to deliver great movies. This was also a good proof that the body horror genres got a fresh start and I think it's the best of it since Cronenbergs Crash from 1996.

My rating: 4.5 out of 5


Produced by: Patrick Brissette, Éric Falardeau, Marie-Josée Lamontagne, Benoît Lemire
Cinematography by: Benoît Lemire
Editing by: Benoît Lemire
Special Effects by: Rémy Couture, Rosalynn Nguyen, Fauve Paradis, Véronique Poirier, David Scherer
Music by: The Black Angels
Language: English
Color: Color

DistributorBlack Lava Entertainment | Unearthed Films


Owner of and writer for Twisted Minds. French Canadian weirdo, lives in the past, afraid of the future, but curious about what to come. Beginner in extreme horror and visual arthouse, and finds it exciting to discover the world down under. Growed in the 80's and discovered cheesy classics, among others John Carpenter, Wes Craven, David Cronenberg, Stuart Gordon. Live for electro, rock and metal music and have a long story full of concert memories. This is the first time he takes the interest in writing about what he is experiencing.