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13 April 2001 (Canada) See more »
"Subconscious Cruelty" is divided in four segments: Ovarian Eyeball - a naked woman is sliced by a sharp... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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")
Vince Sheffield ... Man On Television (segment "Right Brain / Martyrdom")
Karen Wiener ... Female Hand (segment "Right Brain / Martyrdom")
Sylvain Rivard ... Subliminal Body (segment "Right Brain / Martyrdom") (as Vainvard)
Patrick Des Islets ... Subliminal Body (segment "Right Brain / Martyrdom")
Eric Pettigrew ... Martyr (segment "Right Brain / Martyrdom")
Martine Viale ... Female Attacker (segment "Right Brain / Martyrdom")
Mylene Giasson ... Attacker #2 (segment "Right Brain / Martyrdom")
Sameera Hanif ... Attacker #3 (segment "Right Brain / Martyrdom")

Directed by
Karim Hussain 
Writing credits
Karim Hussain (written by)

Produced by
Mitch Davis .... producer
Original Music by
Teruhiko Suzuki (original music score)
Cinematography by
François Bourdon (director of photography)
Karim Hussain (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Karim Hussain 
Casting by
Patrick Des Islets 
Art Direction by
Sonia Capogreco 
Makeup Department
Bruno Gatien .... additional makeup effects
André Gaul .... additional makeup effects (as Andre Gaul)
C.J. Goldman .... special makeup effects artist (as C.J Goldman)
Karim Hussain .... additional makeup effects
Mike Minicucci .... additional makeup effects
Gail Mockler .... makeup artist
Adrien Morot .... makeup effects consultant
Luke Poudrier .... additional makeup effects (as Luc Poudrier)
Patrick St-Pierre .... makeup artist (as Patrick St.Pierre)
Pat Tremblay .... additional makeup effects (as Patrick Tremblay)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mitch Davis .... second assistant director
Julien Fonfrede .... second assistant director (as Julien Fonfrède)
Scott Noonan .... second assistant director
Pat Tremblay .... first assistant director (as Patrick Tremblay)
Art Department
Joel Boily .... construction assistant
Christian Fuica .... construction assistant
Xavier Georges .... set construction
Xavier Georges .... set design
Patricia McNeil .... additional art direction (as Patricia Mc Neil)
Chantal Zapia .... assistant set constructor
Chantal Zapia .... props
Sound Department
Karim Hussain .... sound editing
Karim Hussain .... sound mix
David Kristian .... recordist: special sound design
David Kristian .... sound mix
David Kristian .... sound performer: special sound design
David Kristian .... special sound designer
Visual Effects by
André Abou-Jaoude .... optical camera effects
Philippe Spurrell .... special projection
Camera and Electrical Department
Anne-Marie Belley .... additional stills
Anne-Marie Belley .... grip: lighting/dolly
Joel Boily .... grip/electrician
Benoît Boucher .... photography: end titles (as Ben Boucher)
François Bourdon .... gaffer
Sonia Capogreco .... grip/electrician
Rob Cotterill .... grip: lighting/dolly (as Robert Cotteril)
Mitch Davis .... stills
Julien Fonfrede .... grip: lighting/dolly (as Julien Fonfrède)
Gilgamesh Fuica .... grip/electrician
Gilgamesh Fuica .... stills
Karim Hussain .... camera operator
Françoise Lavoie-Pilote .... grip/electrician
Pat Tremblay .... grip: lighting/dolly (as Patrick Tremblay)
Editorial Department
Claudine Blain .... negative cutting
Vladimir Zabransky .... colour timer
Other crew
Brea Asher .... voice actor
Cliff Baker .... production assistant
Benoît Boucher .... key set assistant (as Ben Boucher)
Claude-Francois Britto .... production assistant
Sonia Capogreco .... continuity
Alex Chisholm .... additional making-of
Alex Chisholm .... production assistant
Mitch Davis .... making-of
Chris Feldman .... production assistant
Christian Fuica .... set production assistant
Guy Lahaie .... production assistant
Francisco Lorenjo .... production assistant
Benoit Marin .... production assistant
Jesse Simpson .... production assistant
Philippe Spurrell .... voice actor
Steve Stone .... production assistant
Sabry Tchanderly .... production assistant
Richard Terry .... key set assistant
Junji Kaiho .... thanks: soundtrack
Yuko Nakahata .... thanks: soundtrack
Hiroshi Sato .... thanks: soundtrack
Teruhiko Suzuki .... acknowledgment: all original soundtrack compositions copyright
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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92 min | USA:80 min (DVD version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Sweden:15 (cut) (2002)

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13 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Ambitious and Intriguing "Art-House/Gore" Film, 27 January 2006
Author: EVOL666 from St. John's Abortion Clinic

First off - this film will not be for everybody. There are scenes of extreme graphic violence and "disturbing" images that by their nature alone will turn off many possible potential viewers. Obviously from the reviews on this board - SUBCONSCIOUS CRUELTY has divided those that have seen it. I'm among the ones who liked it very much for several different reasons. I feel this was a very ambitious (and quite competently pulled off...) undertaking for a bunch of 18/19 year olds with no budget and little experience. I think that each aspect of the film - the direction, the acting (though the character's performances are more likened to stage or free-form performance because of the nature of the film...) the production, the FX, the score/sound design - all are far superior to many films I've seen that exceed these kids budget and experience ten-fold. I honestly haven't been this impressed with an "art-house" style horror film since Nacho Cerda's GENESIS...

First off - I'm not going to pretend to understand and/or grasp all of the graphical content in this film - but knowing that this wasn't a straight-narrative type of film when I went into it, I wasn't disappointed with how it played out. SUBCONSCIOUS CRUELTY is 4 relatively short vignettes that all sort of revolve around the theory of right brain/left brain lust/anger/psychosis vs. restraint/compassion/"normalcy". To very briefly give a synopsis of each "chapter":

OVARIAN EYEBALL basically just has a naked girl who has an eyeball cut out of her abdomen. I'm sure it's symbolic of something - I don't think I was paying that much attention at that point and this one blows by pretty quick.

The next "episode" - HUMAN LARVAE - is a nihilistic, horrific, genuinely creepy story of a guy who's both in love with and repulsed by his pregnant sister, who gives into his growing psychosis which leads up to the shocking conclusion of that particular chapter. HUMAN LARVAE is the best of the bunch in my book, and will probably get under your skin. The dead-pan narrative dialog accentuates the growing tension as you know something horrible is going to happen - but you're not quite sure what it is. Do yourself a favor and if you are interested in seeing this film - don't do too much research on it. Come into it with an open mind and an iron stomach and I think you be pleasantly surprised, especially with this particular episode.

REBIRTH has a bunch of people in a field screwing the ground and blowing trees and stuff. Apparently an "arty" interpretation of the rape of the earth or something to that effect. Not bad, but this one is pretty short too and I sorta missed the point on it...

And RIGHT BRAIN/MARTYRDOM seems to be about religion and religious hypocrisy and also along with HUMAN LARVAE, has some of the "hardest" images/messages of the whole feature...

OVARIAN EYEBALL isn't anything to write home about, mainly because of it's very short running time but does make a decent segue into the insanity to come...and REBIRTH is also kind of short and not quite as thought provoking, but HUMAN LARVAE (especially) and RIGHT BRAIN/MARTYRDOM are so off-the-wall and well done that they more than make up for the other parts. I think the main reason that I liked this one so much is that as "shocking", "repulsive", "violent" and "excessive" as it is, it is also done very beautifully and you can tell this was a real labor-of-love from those involved. Nothing about the film feels cheap or rushed, and even if the content isn't completely decipherable, it's undeniably original - and that alone up's the points some in my book. Not that every "weird art-house" film that has an unintelligible plot should be praised for it's "originality", but SUBCONSCIOUS CRUELTY is the type of film that I do think I'll watch a few more times in the near future to see what other interpretations I may gain from it. Again, this film is ABSOLUTELY not for everyone - with some VERY extreme scenes of gore, murder, rape, incest, sacrilegious imagery, etc...that is definitely there to shock the viewer into taking a harder look at this film. I have to say it worked for me, and I'm anxiously awaiting the Hussain/Cerda collaboration that is rumored to come next. Check this one out if you have the stomach for it - 9.5/10

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