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Frisk (1995)

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 »

Director:

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 ... 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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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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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An edgy and uncompromising transgressive cult flick
23 May 2001 | by Mattydee74See all my reviews

Frisk is one of a number of films by new film-makers (such as Todd Solondz, Tom Kalin, John Hewitt) who are for no-one. I love this disturbing new genre. Neither guided by morality nor restricted by the reality/fantasy divide, these films don't seek a wide audience. Instead, these films explore the underground, less explored territories of desire in its darker manifestations. This film isn't simply about sex and power, it concerns being gay in the era of AIDS and the insistency of desire. Frisk plays into the gay=death equation but this is only natural when being gay still remains for some blind people a lifestyle choice if not an aberration. Its a film about killing lovers, put blankly, and about experiencing the forbidden reaches of passion and obsession. Its a cold film and relentlessly reminiscent of De Sade's writing. Transgression and shock rule here but there's no easy comfort zones. A film of lust, decadence, cruelty and annihilation. Be warned.


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