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Binge & Purge (2002)

Unrated | | Horror, Action, Thriller | Video 14 July 2002
Three private detectives are sent by a corrupt police chief to investigate a series of murders that show evidence of cannibalism, leading them to a fashion designer and his troupe of models.

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Brian Clement

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tamara Barnard Tamara Barnard ... May
Stephan Bourke Stephan Bourke ... Vanzetti
Fiona Eden-Walker Fiona Eden-Walker ... Number 11
Moira Thomas Moira Thomas ... Audrey
Amy Emel Amy Emel ... Angelique
Samara Zotzman Samara Zotzman ... Damiana
Gareth Gaudin Gareth Gaudin ... Karl Helfringer
Robert J Nesbitt Robert J Nesbitt ... Bradley Gruber / Police & SWAT Officer / Chaos Rioter / Cannibal (as Rob Nesbitt)
Chuck Depape Chuck Depape ... The Captain
Dave Morin Dave Morin ... Spanish Anarchist
Teri Varcoe Teri Varcoe ... Spanish Anarchist
Brian Clement Brian Clement ... Fascist Officer
Alan Ford Alan Ford ... Police Lieutenant
Nick Sheehan Nick Sheehan ... Police Rookie
Terra Thomsen Terra Thomsen ... Kami Tannenbaum
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Christmas, the near future: terrorist attacks have turned North America into a police state. Strange murders have begun to plague the capital city. The police chief assigns two officers to look into the disappearance of a young fashion model and the officers themselves promptly disappear. Fearing for the reputataion of his department, and hoping that two of his problems take care of each other, the chief enlists the aid of a trio of private detectives he deems expendable. The group's investigation leads them to an evasive fashion designer and his circle of enigmatic models. What they uncover is not just a simple murder, but a complex web of corruption, mass killing, deceit...and cannibalism. But this threat does not come from without, it comes from within... Written by Brian Clement <frontlinefilm@yahoo.com>

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It's not an eating disorder if you embrace it.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

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14 July 2002 (Canada) See more »

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CAD 1,700 (estimated)
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Frontline Films See more »
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Color
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Interesting premise, most botched execution since Lady Margaret Pole
17 July 2014 | by Lowbacca1977See all my reviews

Large swaths of this film are unwatchable. When I say that, I don't mean it's really bad and tough to sit through, I mean literally unwatchable. The lighting is non-existent so probably a quarter of this film is so dark that I have no idea who was talking and where they were. Add to that audio problems and hollow dialogue, and it was extremely difficult to have any idea what was going on at any point in the film as such little information was successfully conveyed. It was really a team effort to even figure out what was going on in it.

The acting was also, largely, very underwhelming and the editing was extremely poor, showing both strange delays in people talking (edits that had too much waiting between lines and was very unnatural) and that conversations appear to be going on with people in different places. There's a lot of quick flashes of shots that don't seem to make much sense, and the film jumps between things so much it's hard to track any continuity or arc. Finally, the kill shots are more like shooting mug shots with a white wall behind people such that it just feels ridiculous to keep seeing the exact same angle and effects for various deaths.

I will grant that the first 5 to 10 minutes of this film were fairly impressive, mostly as the film started off set in the Spanish Civil War, and it was a few minutes before we were even sure it was the right film, starting not in English and in black and white. It was a very good start to the film, and it went downhill from there. Characters come and go without much clarity, and the film never decides if this is a film about zombies or cannibals, or some weird spot in between, and so it also means that the feeling of continuity between what the status of characters are is totally non-existent.

The film has a surprisingly interesting start, and what could be an interesting premise, but then the film very quickly starts to fall apart into some sort of train wreck for most of the film, to then have a couple interesting scenes to end it on, beginning and ending on notes that suggest this film stood a chance of being decent at one point in the planning stages.


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