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S&man -- A documentary on the underground subculture of snuff and extreme horror films.

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J.T. Petty (screenplay)
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S&MAN begins with footage from Michael Powell's exploration of voyeurism, "Peeping Tom." Director JT... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Platinum Dunes and J.T. Petty to Adapt 'Zombies Vs. Robots'?!
 (From FEARnet. 22 February 2011, 5:35 PM, PST)

S&Man
 (From Underground Film Journal. 22 October 2010, 6:00 AM, PDT)

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Half documentary, half scripted-psychological/slasher-horror-film, "S&Man" works at times, but ultimately flops... See more (7 total) »

Cast

 
Elizabeth Cartier
Carol J. Clover ... Herself

Debbie D ... Herself
Freddie Dingo ... Himself - Owner of Dingo's Den & Dingbatz

Michelle Glick ... Jasmine
Julie Katz
Erik Marcisak ... Eric Rost
Carlina Salemi
Fred Vogel ... Himself
Bill Zebub ... Himself

Directed by
J.T. Petty 
 
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J.T. Petty  screenplay

Produced by
Jason Kliot .... producer
Lawrence Mattis .... producer
Joana Vicente .... producer
 
Original Music by
On Filmore 
Darin Gray 
Glenn Kotche 
 
Cinematography by
Patrick McGraw 
 
Film Editing by
Andy Grieve 
 
Sound Department
Michael Furjanic .... sound editor
Matthew Polis .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Other crew
Will Battersby .... Head of Development
Steve Holmgren .... office manager
Quentin Little .... development executive
Christopher Matson .... business affairs
Karen Shatzkin .... legal services
 

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Rated R for sequences of strong disturbing horror violence and aberrant behavior including graphic dialogue, sexual content, nudity and language
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USA:84 min
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Canada:16+ (Québec) | USA:R (certificate #46373)

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A week before S&man was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September of 2006, then-independent movie news website Twitch published an investigative report that publicly exposed it as a hoaxumentary rather than a documentary, which it was being promoted as.See more »
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Half documentary, half scripted-psychological/slasher-horror-film, "S&Man" works at times, but ultimately flops..., 13 September 2012
Author: MaximumMadness from United States

From J.T. Petty (director of the halfway decent direct-to-video "Mimic 3: Sentinel") comes the bizarre, pseudo-documentary, pseudo-mockumentary, pseudo-scripted feature "S&Man" (pronounced "Sandman", not "S and M Man").

The film is presented and introduced as a "documentary" about how, after his original intent to make a film about a convicted voyeur from his hometown failed, J.T. Petty decides to interview underground horror filmmakers who make simulated snuff films and B-movies. These subjects include real filmmakers Fred Vogul (director of the famed and nauseating "August Underground" series, and several other extreme films), Bill Zebub (another real underground director I am not familiar with) and a fictional character, Eric Rost (played by Erik Marcisak), whom is the creator and director of the "S&Man" video series. A series similar to Vogul's "found-footage" work, in which Rost plays an evil character who stalks women and murders them.

Petty and his crew interview the three men (Vogul in particular giving some great insight into horror, underground film and extreme cinema, and why people are into these sorts of films), "Debbie D", an underground film actress, and several psychologists and therapists, talking about horror and its impact on society.

And the first half of the film does come off as a rather compelling analysis of extreme horror and underground cinema, the reasons why it is made and has a popularity, and how/why it impacts people. Some of it is very troubling, some of it is insightful, and some of it is disgusting.

However, the problem lies in the fact that this isn't a true documentary. The first half of the film is essentially an excuse Petty uses to make the second half, which is 90% a scripted story (though still in documentary style) feel more real. In the scripted storyline, Petty begins to question if Rost's "S&Man" series is real or fake, and Rost begins to exhibit evil, disturbing and dangerous tendencies, climaxing in an interesting ending.

However, it felt very unneeded and unnatural. The scripted storyline is phoned in and obvious, and Rost (though compellingly and wonderfully played by Marcisak) just comes off as too much of a "character" in comparison to the real cast like Vogul and Zebub.

So much insight and thought is placed into the real, documentary segments (as I said, Vogul has some very interesting things to say, and Zebub is a fascinating and seemingly troubled person), and they are so informative, that the scripted segments felt like too much of a betrayal. It would have been more compelling if Petty had either made a straight documentary, without the "Is Rost really a killer?" scripted storyline, or just made a full-on mockumentary about Rost. Combining the real and the fake is an interesting concept, and could work, but it just quite doesn't gel here.

As it stands, it's not a bad film, but sadly "meh." An average 5 out of 10.

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