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"Subconscious Cruelty" is divided in four segments: Ovarian Eyeball - a naked woman is sliced by a sharp blade and an eyeball is removed from her belly. Human Larvae - a deranged man that ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophie Lauzière ...
Woman On Slab (segment "Ovarian Eyeball")
Anne-Marie Belley ...
Hand (segment "Ovarian Eyeball")
Brea Asher ...
Sister (segment "Human Larvae")
Ivaylo Founev ...
Brother (segment "Human Larvae")
Eric Levasseur ...
Lover (segment "Human Larvae")
Janice Higgins ...
Girl In Photo (segment "Human Larvae")
Nadia Simaani ...
Female Performer (segment "Rebirth")
Anna Berlyn ...
Female Performer (segment "Rebirth")
Nancy Simard ...
Female Performer (segment "Rebirth")
Sean Spuruey ...
Male Performer (segment "Rebirth")
Scott Noonan ...
Male Performer (segment "Rebirth") / Gloved Hand (segment "Right Brain / Martyrdom")
Mitch Davis ...
Male Performer (segment "Rebirth") / Gloved Hand (segment "Right Brain / Martyrdom")
Christopher Piggins ...
Businessman (segment "Right Brain / Martyrdom") / Doppelganger (segment "Right Brain / Martyrdom")
Martin Sauvageau ...
Drunk In Bar (segment "Right Brain / Martyrdom")
Annette Pankrac ...
Secretary (segment "Right Brain / Martyrdom")
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"Subconscious Cruelty" is divided in four segments: Ovarian Eyeball - a naked woman is sliced by a sharp blade and an eyeball is removed from her belly. Human Larvae - a deranged man that hates his sister that is pregnant kills her newborn offspring and she during the delivery. Rebirth - a group of naked people rolls around in mud and blood. Right Brain/Martyrdom - religious symbolism associated with gore and sex. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Interesting art-house horror with plenty of WTF moments.
6 April 2007 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

A gory, low budget, art-house horror with scenes of extreme nastiness, Subconscious Cruelty is not an easy film to watch for several reasons: it is extremely 'symbolic' (some might say pretentious); it has no standard narrative; and it features very unsettling imagery. It is, however, well directed and edited, and features some amazingly realistic effects and a pretty decent score.

Subconscious Cruelty starts as it means to go on, with a bizarre short segment entitled Ovarian Eyeball in which a naked woman on a table is sliced open; from her wound, an eyeball on an optic nerve is produced. It makes no sense (to me at least), but is certainly visually arresting.

And so the weirdness continues, with a second 'story', Human Larvae, about a guy who wishes to make a mockery of the miracle of birth by killing his sister's newborn child as it is leaving the womb. This one is without a doubt the vilest story I have ever seen committed to celluloid and should be seen only by those with a very strong stomach.

Part three, Rebirth, is less intense, with a bunch of naked people rolling around in mud, fellating tree branches and shagging pools of blood! I quite enjoyed this bit after the gruelling nature of Human Larvae.

The final segment, Right Brain/Martyrdom, fuses religious symbolism with female nekkidness and gore, and is a shocking slice of sacrilegious depravity guaranteed to upset Christians everywhere.

I can't say that I enjoyed director Karim Hussain's debut, and would hesitate recommending it to pretty much everyone I know, but I imagine that it will definitely have a cult following amongst those people who prefer to delve into cinema's weirder output, such as the films of Lynch, Jodorowsky or Miike.


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