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Skull World tells the story of Greg Sommer, an apparently well-known Canadian figure with the monicker Skull Man who engages in Larp-inspired warfare using cardboard armor and weapons. It's like Gwar without the silly charm meets Darkon, the Larp documentary. I think I missed the part where the subjects of the film explained the rules, but it just looks like a bunch of dudes running into one-another and hitting each other until a winner is arbitrarily chosen. Whatever, man, that's cool, whatever helps you sleep at night.
- Robert Ottone
Box Wars, where people dress up in elaborate cardboard costumes and stage massive battles, is definitely a great subject for a documentary. The biggest problem with Justin McConnell’s (“The Collapsed”) new film, “Skull World,” is that it rarely gets beyond the “this is super cool” level of examination and analysis. Which is too bad, and feels like a missed opportunity. The subject is weird enough that it should have a movie made about it, and Greg Sommer, who is the main focus, is the kind of crazy, infectious wingnut that, as soon as you meet, you want to learn more about. “Skull World” isn’t bad, but there isn’t much substance to it, either. That’s the frustrating part about the film, you see how much deeper it could go, and you want it to, because it’s fun and fascinating, but unfortunately you get to a certain »
- Brent McKnight
Guys in cardboard “armor” bashing the crap out of each other? Who doesn’t like that? Check out a Red Band trailer for “The Collapsed” director Justin McConnell’s documentary “Skull World”, which is due to rumble onto DVD/Blu-ray later this month. It’s pretty badass, if you’re into covering yourself up with cardboard armor and, as previously mentioned, doing battle, that is. You would definitely have to have a certain mindset to be into this, but hey, who knows, maybe you’re just weird that way. Personally, the only use I’ve ever found for cardboard was packing up my old T-shirts, but maybe I’m missing out… Greg Sommer is an enigma wrapped inside a mystery, encased in a Jean-Jacket Vest. An enterprising man in his early 30s, Greg, and his alter-ego Skull Man, are at war. Box Wars that is. Welcome to Greg’s world. »
Directed by: Justin McConnell
McConnell isn't a documentary filmmaker by trade and usually makes films of the horror variety, like 2011's The Collapsed and the upcoming The Eternal with Michael Biehn. So Skull World is bit of side project for him. What he has delivered is a very unique documentary that serves as a fun tribute to Greg Sommer, his friend and colleague. (McConnell actually participates in the Box Wars and works with Sommer in the film industry.) So we have an interesting merging of objective and subjective matter, which the film hides from.
The filmmakers track Sommer over an approximately four-year period (2008 to 2012) during which we see his meteoric rise bringing his Box Wars tournaments to the masses. »
- Kelly Michael Stewart
4 items from 2013
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