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HEADER portrays the grueling psychological journey taken by ATF Agent Stewart Cummings. On the surface... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Header: The New Driller Killer
 (From Fangoria. 29 June 2009, 2:16 PM, PDT)

Synapse’s May talks Sick Girl and Header DVDs
 (From Fangoria. 23 December 2008, 9:58 AM, PST)

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  (in credits order)
Jake Suffian ... Stewart Cummings

Elliot V. Kotek ... Travis Clyde Tuckton
Dick Mullaney ... Grandpap Jake Martin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Philip Anthony ... Truck Driver
Stacey Brooks ... Chessy Kinney
Tara Brooks ... Betty Sue Morgan
Jim Coope ... J.L. Peerce
Bill Corry ... Thibald Caudill
Andrew Cowen ... Spaz
Amanda Czelinski ... Girl Running in Woods
Stephen DeCaires ... Young Travis
Kevin Dedes ... Chad Umbergy
Lauren Devlin ... Iree Reid
Ruth Dimino ... Hitchhiker
Morris Fazzi Jr. ... Nedder Kinney
Melody Garren ... Kathy
Lauren Gilray ... Young Girl In Woods
J. Malia Hawley ... Sarah Dawn Slade

Colin Hoffmeister ... Captain Philip Straker
Jack Ketchum ... State Trooper #2
Edward Lee ... State Trooper #1
John A. Locke ... Dr. Seymour (as John Locke)
Alex Marthaller ... Point Man
Patrick Nicholas ... Dutch
Ruth Maria Nicholas ... Jan Beck

Marc Raco ... Prison Inmate
Terri Radowsky ... Dead Body in Field #2
Marcy J. Savastano ... Dead Body in Field #1
Christopher Woods ... Travis's Paw

Directed by
Archibald Flancranstin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael E. Kennedy  screenplay
Edward Lee  story

Produced by
Michael Philip Anthony .... executive producer
Michael Philip Anthony .... producer
Michael E. Kennedy .... producer
Original Music by
Ben Goldberg 
Cinematography by
Archibald Flancranstin 
Film Editing by
Archibald Flancranstin 
Casting by
Michael Philip Anthony 
Eric Cubitt 
Michael E. Kennedy 
Production Design by
Christine DeCaires 
Art Direction by
Christine A. Kennedy 
Costume Design by
Christine A. Kennedy 
Makeup Department
David Plunkett .... key special makeup effects artist
Terri Radowsky .... makeup artist
Production Management
Eric Smith .... production supervisor
Sound Department
Narada Campbell .... boom operator
John Deiure .... sound recordist
Jennifer Erickson .... synch editor
Ben Goldberg .... sound mixer
Rob Moretti .... synch editor
Special Effects by
Ryan Carroll .... special effects
Alex Marthaller .... special effects
David Plunkett .... special effects
Brian Ray .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
P.J. Gaynard .... camera operator
P.J. Gaynard .... gaffer
John Karyus .... grip
Mike King .... key grip
Daniel Ralph .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stina .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Rob Moretti .... sync editor
Other crew
Vicki Anthony .... craft service
Chris Bradley .... script supervisor
Patricia Coyle .... craft service
Anthony DeCaires .... production coordinator
Stephen DeCaires .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Edward Lee's Header" - USA (complete title)
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89 min
Aspect Ratio:
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At 42 minutes in an ATF officer is reading a comic called "Grub Girl". This is published by Verotik. Founded and still Owned by Glenn Danzig of Misfits/Samhain/Danzig.See more »
Grandpap Jake Martin, Travis Clyde Tuckton:An eye for an eye And a head for a headSee more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Watch Something Else With Mom, 19 June 2010
Author: Steve Nyland (Squonkamatic) from New York, USA

Seriously, if you're rained in for the weekend while visiting mom this summer you should probably find something else to watch than HEADER. Or THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE, two post HOSTEL films of the new school of ultra-extreme horror & exploitation entertainment that are setting message boards across the internet abuzz. That people are talking about the film -- or chatting about it, whatever the right term -- justifies its existence. In a sick, demented, completely inappropriate way this is art, like it or not.

That doesn't mean everybody necessarily needs to see it, however. I kind of wish I hadn't. A lifelong lover of horror films including low budget gross out exploitation horror, this film went beyond the pale that I usually confine myself to. But it did so deliberately, with conviction, and had the courage to get down into the cesspool with its viewers. The idea wasn't just to repulse its witnesses, or titillate them, or to push the boundaries and limits of what's permissible. The film does that in the first fifteen minutes & never looks back. It eats up repulsive extreme torture porn for breakfast and regurgitates it back up for lunch, wolfing the filth and bile down a second time with a lip-smacking leer. Shocking its viewers was small potatoes.

I think one of the purposes of the film was to try and push the clock back on how low budget exploitation horror garbage was made; I was reminded of THREE ON A MEATHOOK, the original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" films, and the despicable FORCED ENTRY (the first version, that is) as much as I was thinking of DELIVERANCE. Those treasure troves of human creativity were made back when filmmakers weren't obsessed with potentially alienating viewer demographics and went for broke. Likewise, HEADER manages to assail every creature on this Noah's Ark of human failure: Hillbillies, law enforcement, medical professionals, housewives, random people walking down the street, are more or less all devalued into human trash to be chopped up, shot, skewered, stabbed, beaten, whatever you can imagine and then some. The only person in the whole film with any genuine scruples is a drug dealer and even he buys the farm.

The barbarity of the movie's core premise also masks an interesting Tarentino-ish plot about an overworked idealistic ATF agent at the end of his rope whose life spirals out of control during the very gripping final twenty minutes. Which have nothing to do with perverted hillbilly psychopaths ... and yet it does, or rather has to do with the depths to which humans will descend for primal pleasures, a mythical attribute of the cinematic redneck harvested by DELIVERANCE. And the first half of the film serves as an extension of that film's second most famous scene. If you ever wanted to see what the deformed mountain men from DELIVERANCE might be doing back at their barnyard shack when not dry humping canoeists, here's your big chance!

Beyond that however it's an almost impossible film to recommend, a matter not helped by the shot on digital hand-held cam look the film is just as obsessed with as it is the sex & violence. After a while the technique becomes tiresome, as if the filmmakers were saying they were just too punk rock cool for a tripod, or that its storytelling too frenzied for simple pans & zooms. Sometimes they even move the camera deliberately just to show it isn't stuck in one place. The effect of a hand-held shot is best utilized when juxtaposed against more static camera positions in a way that involves the viewer in momentary bursts of action (see ALIEN from 1979 for a masterful example). Without anything to juxtapose it against the effect becomes a method and overpowers whatever visual language the cinematography was trying to employ.

There's also a duality to the film that seems like two different ideas welded together & given a fresh coat of paint that divides the movie into two acts: A first act that wallows in the urinal with the rednecks, and the second act where the ATF agent's ultra-bad day at work comes into play. The first part is more of what I call a Behavior Film where we get to witness various depraved behaviors put on display for our entertainment like a cartoon freak show. It is only when the plight of the agent takes center stage that the film concentrates on telling a story about events happening to people & becomes genuinely interesting. The standout scene being a jaw-dropping monologue by a veteran ATF agent (played by Jim Coope) who obligingly explains what a "header" is while spitting tobacco juice into a paper cup. I won't forget that speech anytime soon, and just like THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE can't help myself from wondering *how* anybody ever thought any of this up.

But still, for an in-your-face, all out assault on good taste you can do a lot worse. Sadly, this will probably make a great party movie, catering to low attention spans, bawdry crass humor, dumb cracker jokes (one of the only demographic groups along with fat guys still fair game to any manner of abuse a writer can hurl at them) and repulsive visual gags. I also like the goofy low budget approach with certain elements like the mail order ATF AGENT shirts that serve as a readymade costume for the feds. There's some good laughs to be had here for sure, though whether or not I would hang around such a party is a different matter. The idea of people actively enjoying this film is even more disturbing than its content, which may have been the ultimate goal.

5/10; As for mom? "Dark Shadows" box set. Never fails!

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