What Is It? (2005)

Unrated  |   |  Drama  |  27 January 2005 (USA)
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What Is It? is a bewildering, unnerving, surreal, blackly comic film from the visionary mind of Crispin Glover that tells the inner and outer struggles of a young man facing villains and demons on multiple planes.


(as Crispin Hellion Glover)


(as Crispin Hellion Glover)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Blevis ...
The young man (as Michael Bleviss)
Carlos Richardson ...
Lisa Fusco ...
Steven C. Stewart ...
John Insinna ...
The Young Man's Outer Sanctum Friend / Inner Sanctum's Choked Victim
Kelly Swiderski ...
Inner Sanctum Concubine / Outer Sanctum Snail Collector
Robin Adams ...
Inner Sanctum Concubine / Outer Sanctum Girl Who Recognizes Burning
Adam Parfrey ...
Rikky Wittman ...
The minstrel's nemesis (as Rickey Wittman)
Lynn Conley ...
The Minstrel's Concubine / Mocking Tormentor / Ultimate Outer Sanctum Victor
Cheryl Brown ...
Outer Sanctum Mocking Tormentor / Walkie-Talkie Grabbing Woman That Cries Later
Tom Carroll ...
Grave Digger / Mocking Tormentor
Eric Yates ...
Inner Sanctum Puppet Show Audience Member / Outer Sanctum Victim / Inner Sanctum Victim
Mary P. Hayes ...


What Is It? is a bewildering, unnerving, surreal, blackly comic film from the visionary mind of Crispin Glover that tells the inner and outer struggles of a young man facing villains and demons on multiple planes.

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Being the adventures of a young man whose principle interests are snails, salt, a pipe, and how to get home. As tormented by an hubristic, racist inner psyche.





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Originally intended to be short film, "What Is It?" expanded out to be a feature over the 9 years of its production. See more »


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This film has not advocated the assassination of Steven Spielberg in any way. See more »


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Some Niggers Never Die (They Just Smell That Way)
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Keyboard music for end credits by Anton LaVey
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What Is It?
24 February 2012 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

I find it to be a trip down everyone's inner self that they refuse to explore..Egging on the perverted thoughts that one might have and forcing us to open our eyes to it.One can be sexually aroused or sexually disgusted,it all depends on how we wish to feel and what we wish to share.I personally find it arousing in a weird sort of way and having Crispin Glover there both in person and in the movie it's self is truly sensual..I would watch it a hundred times more as I have watched Willard..He is an amazing story teller both on and off screen.So if you want to explore your inner monsters and let go of your personal world as you see it..You must watch it and enjoy- 5 stars to Crispin and thank God he explores the tremendously exploding side of our inner wants..-Dawn

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