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Anamorph -- A detective (Willem Dafoe) must solve the case of a serial killer who enacts anamorphosis, a painting technique that manipulates the laws of perspective, only with human bodies.
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Anamorph -- A detective (Willem Dafoe) must solve the case of a serial killer who enacts anamorphosis, a painting technique that manipulates the laws of perspective, only with human bodies.


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A psychological thriller based on the concept of anamorphosis, a painting technique that manipulates the laws of perspective to create two competing images on a single canvas. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Willem Dafoe ... Stan Aubray

Scott Speedman ... Carl Uffner

Don Harvey ... Killer

James Rebhorn ... Chief Lewellyn Brainard

Peter Stormare ... Blair Collet

Amy Carlson ... Alexandra Fredericks

Yul Vazquez ... Jorge 'George' Ruiz

Clea DuVall ... Sandy Strickland

Samantha MacIvor ... Crystal
Billy Wheelan ... Young Man

Paz de la Huerta ... Young Woman

Desiree Casado ... Teenage Checkout Girl (as Desiree F. Casado)

Robert C. Kirk ... Heavy-Set Detective
Robin Goldsmith ... Stone-Faced Detective
Marcia Haufrecht ... Diner Waitress

Monique Gabriela Curnen ... Female Student
Paul Lazar ... Medical Examiner
Lucy Martin ... Uptight Woman
Mick Foley ... Antique Store Owner

Sharrieff Pugh ... ECT Technician

Ashley Springer ... Jeff Sarno

Deborah Harry ... Neighbor
Gary Ray ... Officer #1 (as Gary Ray Bugarcic)

Amir Arison ... Profiler
Elizabeth West ... Reporter #1
Stephen Daniels ... Reporter #2

Edward Hibbert ... Gallery Owner

Barbara Sicuranza ... Forensic Technician

Robert McKay ... Detective #1

Michael Buscemi ... Detective #2
Virginia Wing ... Board Member
Jordan Charney ... Chairman

Tandy Cronyn ... Moderator

Martin Pfefferkorn ... AA Member
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dennis Albanese ... AA Member (uncredited)

John Farrer ... Priest (uncredited)

Lolita Foster ... Drink Waitress (uncredited)

Edwin Freeman ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Dennis Jay Funny ... Detective (uncredited)
Walter Gamper ... Banquet Hall Guest (uncredited)

Malcolm Goodwin ... Museum Guard (uncredited)
Allison Hope ... Crime Scene Photo Victim (uncredited)
Lou Irizarry ... Billy - Uniformed Cop (uncredited)
Joe Kane ... Reporter (uncredited)
Tim Lamendola ... Off-Duty Detective (uncredited)

David McDaniel ... Board Member (uncredited)

Chris McMullin ... Detective (uncredited)
Malachy Murray ... Detective - Bolt Cutters (uncredited)

Rocco Parente ... Detective (voice) (uncredited)
Nicolas Quilter ... Dead Man at Tugboat (uncredited)

Cassandra Seidenfeld ... NYPD Officer (uncredited)
Paul Sutt ... Hanged Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Miller  (as H.S. Miller)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Henry Miller  (as H.S. Miller)
Tom Phelan 

Produced by
Michael G. Gunther .... co-producer (as Michael Gunther)
Marissa McMahon .... producer
Campbell Miller .... executive producer
Original Music by
Reinhold Heil 
Johnny Klimek 
Cinematography by
Fred Murphy (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Geraud Brisson 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Suzanne Crowley 
Billy Hopkins 
Paul Schnee 
Production Design by
Jackson De Govia 
Art Direction by
Doug Huszti 
Woods Mackintosh 
Set Decoration by
Carrie Stewart 
Costume Design by
Eric Daman 
Makeup Department
Brian Abbott .... special makeup effects crew
Mike Antolino .... special makeup effects crew
Tony Antolino .... special makeup effects crew
Andrea Bergstol .... special makeup effects crew
Milton Buras .... key hair stylist
Lynn Campbell .... key makeup artist
Diana Choi .... special makeup effects: hair (as Diana Yoo)
Jerry Constantine .... special makeup effects project supervisor
David Fidel .... key special makeup effects artist
Linda Grimes .... key makeup artist
John James .... assistant hair stylist
Tim Jarvis .... key special makeup effects artist
Chris Kelly .... key special makeup effects artist
Michael Maddi .... makeup crew
John Maisano .... special makeup effects crew
James Marino Sr. .... special makeup effects crew
Catherine Marino .... special makeup effects crew
Jimmy 'Ramone' Marino .... key special makeup effects artist
Michael Marino .... special makeup effects designer
Mike Mulligan .... key special makeup effects artist
Sylvia Nava .... special makeup effects: hair
Michael Ostaszew .... key special makeup effects artist
Noriko Sato .... key special makeup effects artist
Paul Sutt .... special makeup effects crew
Scott Wallace .... special makeup effects crew
Craig Lyman .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Jovan Vitagliano .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Sirad Balducci .... unit production manager
Paul A. Levin .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Blazina .... additional second second assistant director
Kara Doherty .... second assistant director
Jason Fesel .... additional second second assistant director: Los Angeles (as Jason Fessel)
Carrie Fix .... first assistant director
Lauren Guilmartin .... second second assistant director (as Lauren Kells Guilmartin)
Michael G. Gunther .... second unit director (as Michael Gunther)
Josh Newport .... first assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Nora Ashkar .... art production assistant
Meredith Barchat .... scenic artist
Martin Bernstein .... construction coordinator
Lois H. Ciganek Bernini .... set dresser (as Lois Bernini)
Cory Copeland .... props (as Gorey Copeland)
Christopher Doogan .... scenic lead
Angela Dufresne .... scenic artist
James Geyer .... scenic artist
Jeffrey L. Glave .... charge scenic (as Jeff Glave)
Lou Gluck .... set dresser
W. Steven Graham .... assistant art director (as Steve Graham)
Kalina Ivanov .... visual consultant
James Kent .... set dresser (as Jim Kent)
Suzanne Kent .... scenic artist
Suzanne Kent .... scenic artist: second unit
Sydney Leier .... art production assistant
Dan Mahon .... set dresser
Kevin Mahon .... on-set dresser
Kevin Mahon .... set dresser: second unit
Timothy Main .... carpenter (as Tim Main)
Erin Martinez .... art production assistant
Talia Mendillo .... scenic industrial
Kay Michaels .... art department coordinator
Arne Olsen Jr. .... best boy construction grip
Arne Olsen .... key construction grip
Neil Prince .... scenic artist
Dave Reardon .... leadman
Malcolm Reid .... construction foreman
Danny Ritches .... props
Danny Ritches .... props: second unit
Erwin F. Sholes .... assistant property master (as Ed Sholes)
Leo Shvedsky .... shop production assistant
Cheryl Stewart .... scenic artist
Tavia Trepte .... art production assistant
Richard Vicencio .... conceptual illustrator
Sabrina Wright .... property master
Denis Zack .... set dresser (as Dennis Zach)
Ian Zdatny .... camera scenic
Brianne Zulauf .... art department coordinator
Danielle Webb .... set dresser (uncredited)
Heather Wellik .... art department production assistant (uncredited)
Joan Winters .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Brian Bowles .... dialogue editor
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer
Anguibe Guindo .... boom operator
Matthew Haasch .... foley editor (as Matt Haasch)
Robert Hein .... supervising sound editor
Michelle Mader .... sound utility
Glenfield Payne .... sound effects editor
Noah Timan .... sound mixer (as Noah Vivekanand Timan)
Noah Timan .... sound: second unit
Peter Waggoner .... sound re-recording mixer
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer (uncredited)
Jay Peck .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Conrad V. Brink Jr. .... special effects coordinator: EFX Rentals (as Connie Brink Jr.)
Richard Edlund .... special effects director (uncredited)
Neil Ruddy .... pyrotechnics (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Eric Bruno .... visual effects artist: Whodoo EFX (as Eric Gregory Bruno)
David Brzozowski .... visual effects animator: Whoodoo EFX
David Brzozowski .... visual effects graphic designer: Whodoo EFX
John H. Burnson .... visual effects artist: Whodoo EFX
Marla Carter Barrett .... visual effects artist: Whodoo EFX
Richard Edlund .... senior visual effects supervisor
Jessica Elvin .... digital retouching
Janice Lee .... visual effects artist: Whodoo EFX
Harry Paakkonen .... visual effects artist: Whodoo EFX
Helena Packer .... visual effects supervisor: Whodoo EFX
Sarah Paul .... visual effects producer: Whodoo EFX (as Sarah M. Paul)
Mark Ritcheson .... visual effects executive producer: Whodoo EFX
Robert Skotak .... matte artist: Whodoo EFX
Robert Skotak .... special animator: Whodoo EFX
Kenneth Bailey .... visual effects: Whodoo FX (uncredited)
Joe Morrison .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Bill Anagnos .... stunt driver (as Billy Anagnos)
Gene Harrison .... stunt double: Willem Dafoe (as Eugene Harrison)
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Erik Solky .... stunt double: Killer (as Eric M. Solky)
Camera and Electrical Department
Grady Bayersdorfer .... best boy electric: second unit (as Grady Baxersdorfer)
Jim Bokor .... best boy grip: second unit
Jim Bokor .... grip (as Jim Boker)
Ryan Callahan .... grip
Andrew Casey .... Steadicam operator (as Andrew W. Casey)
Steve Comesky .... additional electrician
Howard J. Cournoyer .... leo light operator
Doug Dalisera .... rigging best boy
Kenny Dodd .... additional electrician
Joe Donohue III .... dolly grip (as Joe Donohue)
Christopher Donohue .... grip (as Chris Donohue)
Damien F. Donohue .... best boy electric: second unit (as Damien Donohue)
Pyare Fortunato .... assistant camera: second unit
Damian Gonzales .... additional electrician
Tim Guinness .... gaffer
Anil Gupta .... photographer: special makeup effects
Larry Huston .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Larry J. Huston)
Lukasz Jogalla .... director of photography: second unit
Meg Kettell .... film loader (as Meg Kettel)
Dmitry Kibrik .... grip
Kathleen King .... video playback
John Leigh .... set electrician
Bruce MacCallum .... camera operator
James Mah .... gaffer: second unit
Lance Mayer .... second assistant camera
Tim McAuliffe .... rigging gaffer
Jeff Muhlstock .... Steadicam operator
James Pollard .... key grip (as Jim Pollard)
James Pollard .... key grip: second unit (as Jim Pollard)
Michael Price .... best boy
Andrew Priestley .... first assistant camera
Sabatino Rea .... key rigging grip (as Sabatino 'Sonny' Rea)
Kyle Rudolph .... Steadicam operator
Kyle Rudolph .... camera operator: second unit
Kyle Rudolph .... director of photography: second unit
Richard Rutkowski .... additional photographer
Lee Shevett .... grip
James Sylvia .... camera intern
Lacey Terrell .... still photographer
Danny Woods .... rigging grip
J. Dan Wright .... rigging electrician
Steven Zuch .... video assist operator (as Steve Zuch)
Paul Franck .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Eric Leigh .... best boy rigging electric (uncredited)
Michael Oliva .... electrician (uncredited)
Patrick Quinn .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Patrick Quinn .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Michael Rudolph .... electrician (uncredited)
Animation Department
Michael Saz .... animator: opening sequence
Casting Department
Sondra James .... adr voice casting
Laura Verbeke .... extras casting: Amerifilm Casting
Meredith Jacobson .... extras casting (uncredited)
Marny Smith .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jeffrey Abell .... wardrobe production assistant
Kristin Farley .... additional on-set dresser (as Kristen M. Farley)
Marta Font .... on-set dresser
Tonya Huskey .... wardrobe supervisor
Jessica T. Sinoway .... assistant costume designer (as Jessica Sinoway)
Rebecca Edmonston .... on-set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Ann Gray .... post-production coordinator
Jesse Morrow .... on-line editor: visual effects
Marygrace Nicolas .... digital intermediate project manager
Jake Robinson .... film scanner
Joseph Ryals .... film scanner
Michael Smollin .... colorist: dailies
Tim Stipan .... digital intermediate colorist
Ana Veselic .... first assistant editor
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor (as Joey Violante)
Christian Zak .... digital intermediate producer
Michael P. Whipple .... digital intermediate engineer (uncredited)
Music Department
Abe Bradshaw .... music supervisor
Bronwen Jones .... orchestrator
Todd Kasow .... music editor
Adam Klemens .... conductor
Vitek Kral .... scoring engineer
Gabriel Isaac Mounsey .... score mixer .... musician: strings and brass
Gene Pritsker .... orchestrator
Jonathan Levi Shanes .... music assistant
Bruce Winter .... score mixer
Gabriel Isaac Mounsey .... composer: additional score (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Andre Banks .... driver: cast
David Boyde .... driver
Theodore Brown Jr. .... driver (as Ted Brown Jr.)
Richard R. Busardo .... driver (as Rick Busardo)
George Campbell .... driver
Mike Easter .... transportation co-captain
Kenny Gaskins .... transportation captain
Bib Johnson .... driver
Rafael Matos .... driver
Larry 'Reg Dunlop' McGee .... driver (as Larry McGee)
Mike Papini .... driver
Barry Sweeney .... driver
Donnie Thompson .... driver
George Washington .... driver
John 'Detroit' White .... driver (as Detroit John White)
Jerry Wiener .... driver (as Jerry Weiner)
Other crew
James Ahern .... film recorder
Shira Auerhahn .... Assistant To Sales Agent
Fredrica Bailey .... production intern
Keith Bavolar .... forensic technical advisor (as Sgt. Keith Bavolar)
Debra Blake .... set medic
Anthony Blanco .... set production assistant
Steve Boyle .... post-production accountant: John Finn & Associates
Andrew Cesana .... set production assistant: second unit (as Andy Cesna)
Jeff Chena .... stand-in: Mr. Speedman
Betty Chin .... production coordinator
Alison Cohen .... legal services: Epstein Levinsohn Bodine Hurwitz & Weinstein (as Alison S. Cohen)
Maryann C. Contrubis .... production accountant (as Maryann C. Fondulas)
Stephen De Roux .... medical examiner advisor
Kristyn DiPane .... mastering project manager
David Dreishpoon .... craft service
Leo Driver .... parking coordinator
Judy Drutz .... publicist
Ethan Duffy .... production intern
Kathy England .... insurance: England Insurance Brokerages
Vadim Epstein .... set production assistant: second unit
Monica Estrada .... set production assistant
Kelly Evans .... assistant chef
Steve Faughnan .... location scout
Jason Fesel .... key set production assistant (as Jason Fessel)
Damon Gambuto .... electronic press kit
Jim Garvey .... set production assistant
Jim Garvey .... set production assistant: second unit
Andy Gilbert .... chef
Timothy Goldberg .... location scout (as Tim Goldberg)
Jonathan Hayes .... medical examiner advisor
Jennifer Hoopes .... assistant location manager
Louis Katz .... production physician (as Louis A. Katz)
Elliot Kerman .... tax credit consultant
Dan Kukkonen .... accounting clerk
Angela C. Lee .... assistant production coordinator
Steve Loff .... payroll accountant
Gabriella Ludlow .... legal services: Epstein Levinsohn Bodine Hurwitz & Weinstein
Peter Marschark .... craft service assistant (as Peter Marshark)
Christopher Menges .... office production assistant (as Chris Menges)
Lissy Morcheles .... location assistant
Paul NcClure .... stand-in: Mr. Dafoe
Anthony Pettine .... script supervisor
Jake Quinn .... police advisor
Gary Ray .... project consultant (as Gary Ray Bugarcic)
Michael A. Rizzo .... set production assistant (as Michael Rizzo)
Allison Robin .... product placement
Jessica Ross .... production intern
Nina Saxon .... title designer: end titles
Sarah Schilling .... office production assistant
Kate Schumaecker .... assistant to director and producer
Clarence Sharpe .... key production assistant: second unit
Daniel Silverman .... film recorder
Collin Smith .... location manager
Collin Smith .... location manager: second unit
Matthew Sullivan .... unit production assistant
Rachel Timpanelli .... location scout
Jared Traum .... set production assistant
Noreen Ward .... assistant accountant
Nils Widboom .... assistant location manager
Jennifer D. Wilkins .... additional office production assistant (as Jennifer Wilkins)
Krysten Childs .... production assistant: reshoots (uncredited)
Christopher Corona .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jodi Domanic-Riccio .... script supervisor: second unit (uncredited)
Scott Franklin .... assistant production office coordinator: re-shoots (uncredited)
Lowell Freedman .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Katie Kramer .... office intern (uncredited)
Dantana Muchnick .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sean Oliver .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Alex Vinnitski .... product placement (uncredited)
Chazz Palminteri .... special thanks

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41 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
This film could have been so much better!, 16 May 2008
Author: Luke Bone from United Kingdom

When it comes to cinema there's nothing I like more than stumbling across an independently made film with an intellectual story, an interesting cast and a fresh director. Anamorph is a psychological thriller that ticks all these boxes and combines them with a great premise, the only problem here is that the premise has been poorly executed. Directed by the up and coming Henry S Miller and starring William Defoe (an often underrated, but favoured actor of mine), Anamorph tells of a weathered Detective called Stan Aubrey, Defoe, who is assigned a homicide case that bears incredible similarities to a case he undertook five years previous. The film is based on, and gets its name from, the concept of Anamorphosis. For those that are unaware this is a technique of painting, employed during the Renaissance period, in which the artist manipulates the laws of perspective to create separate images on a single canvas.

The psychological thriller is one of the most difficult genres to pull off as in order to live up to itself the film will require an immense amount of concentration in both writing and direction to keep the viewer intact whilst simultaneously not boring them. Anamorph does itself no favours by utlising cliché storytelling techniques so often associated with this type of film. Examples are the ageing detective, a sombre piano score, stark lighting, mysterious strangers and the elaborate death scenes. Instead the film merely regurgitates past offerings, the obvious being Seven, Kiss The Girls, and the more recent Zodiac and combines them with yet another take on what makes a serial killer tick. Unfortunately the only thing that kept me compelled during this film was Defoe. His rendition of a troubled and obsessive detective ridden by guilt and heartache was very good, and would have been better if had not had been for the poor script. There are many problems that lie in the writing of this film, one of which is that the audience is deprived of any real character development and another is that it has poor dialogue (certain scenes had me cringing - they could have been penned by a child), the banter between some characters was clearly there to further the narrative which usually isn't a problem providing it is unnoticeable.

The direction and cinematography of the film were good, and the manner in which the flashback scenes of the previous case were arranged were both artful and creative as they alluded to dripping, the very process of either dripping blood or paint onto a canvas. The minimalism of Aubrey's apartment and the discussions on art that took place in the bar were very well directed and filmed. These scenes are probably the best of the film as they complement his character's bleakness with a muted aptness of style. The director's ability at portraying the concept of Anamorphosis was also good, although the fact he had to use a metallic coffee mug to further the plot and employ pretentious final visuals did taint a somewhat overall good effort. Furthermore, the elaborateness of the death scenes harks to the film Saw, but Anamorph is nothing in comparison - yes it is more intellectual and challenging but in this instance that doesn't make it a better film.

Finally, I feel that Anamorph should have been a much better film. Its basic idea, of a serial killer utilising a largely forgotten painting technique as his means of disposing his victims, is both fresh and original. However upon viewing it, the overall feeling is that the film was rushed and that it was hastened to release. There is no doubt that the film has been poorly written and, regrettably, when a film is poorly written it is much better to have a good and experienced director at the helm as only then will it at least stand a chance of being salvaged. Anamorph has failed to better itself from the indolent script it began with. Usually I feel that too many writers can ruin a film but here I feel that more were needed to treat the initial idea with the respect it deserved.

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