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Unrated | | Drama, Thriller | 22 March 1996 (USA)
A first person narrative of the exploits of a gay serial killer in deeply disturbing, controversial drama about violence, sexuality, and the imagination. Dennis, the main character, whose ... See full summary »

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Todd Verow

Writers:

Dennis Cooper (novel), Jim Dwyer | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Gunther Michael Gunther ... Dennis
Craig Chester ... Henry
Michael Stock Michael Stock ... Uhrs
Raoul O'Connell Raoul O'Connell ... Kevin
Jaie Laplante Jaie Laplante ... Julian
Parker Posey ... Ferguson
James Lyons James Lyons ... Gypsy Pete
Alexis Arquette ... Punk (victim #3)
Michael Waite ... Gary
Alyssa Wendt Alyssa Wendt ... Susan
Mark Ewert Mark Ewert ... Young Dennis / Jan (victim #1) / Young Boy in park (victim #4)
Dustin Schell Dustin Schell ... Snuff Photographer
Michael Wilson Michael Wilson ... Party Goer
Paul B. Riley Paul B. Riley ... Party Goer
Donald Mosner Donald Mosner ... Party Goer
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Storyline

A first person narrative of the exploits of a gay serial killer in deeply disturbing, controversial drama about violence, sexuality, and the imagination. Dennis, the main character, whose lead we follow on this path between what is real and what we can only hope is surreal. His friends attempt to determine if he's truly a psychopath. The story, is told in the form of a succession of ritual-like murders, comes to life through the letters he writes to his sometime lover and best friend Julian and the object of his desire, Julian's younger brother, Kevin. The film is set in an erotic world of sado-masochism and portrays the sexual appetites of a young man for whom killing and engorging the victim become the ultimate thrill. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Somatikes erevnes See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,110, 24 March 1996

Gross USA:

$87,433

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$87,433
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Gay serial killers in love
5 January 2005 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Incomprehensible. It's something about a gay guy who may (or may not) be a serial killer. The film jumps all over the place--there are flash backs, flash forwards, dream sequences all mashed together. Supposedly if you read the book you'll understand the movie. Well--I haven't read the book and I don't think I should have to read it to make heads or tails out of the movie. A movie should stand on its own and this one certainly doesn't.

It looks grimy (but I heard that was on purpose); the acting is truly abominable (some of the guys are cute but that's about it); the same actors play multiple roles (which is confusing), and the dialogue read during the killings is just so matter of fact I didn't know HOW to take it! And I didn't find it disturbing or confusing--just dull and irritating.

The only saving grace is Parker Posey--she manages to take a nothing role and actually make something of it. She has lousy dialogue too but she makes it work.

So--aside from Posey and some cute guys there's nothing to recommend this. I give it a 1.


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