A psychological thriller based on the concept of anamorphosis, a painting technique that manipulates the laws of perspective to create two competing images on a single canvas.


Henry Miller (as H.S. Miller)


Henry Miller (as H.S. Miller), Tom Phelan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Willem Dafoe ... Stan Aubray
Scott Speedman ... Carl Uffner
Don Harvey ... Killer
James Rebhorn ... Chief Lewellyn Brainard
Peter Stormare ... Blair Collet
Amy Carlson ... Alexandra Fredericks
Yul Vazquez ... Jorge 'George' Ruiz
Clea DuVall ... Sandy Strickland
Samantha MacIvor ... Crystal
Billy Wheelan Billy Wheelan ... Young Man
Paz de la Huerta ... Young Woman
Desiree Casado ... Teenage Checkout Girl (as Desiree F. Casado)
Robert C. Kirk ... Heavy-Set Detective
Robin Goldsmith Robin Goldsmith ... Stone-Faced Detective
Marcia Haufrecht ... Diner Waitress


Stan is a quiet, solitary detective in New York City. A few months ago, he solved a gruesome case of serial murders, although an undercover police officer lost her life. A new set of similar murders begins: the bodies are elaborately displayed and the killer uses equipment from art and early movie making in the tableau, or he leaves a clue as to where the investigators are to stand to get the full artistic effect. Stan is paired with a younger detective, Carl, whom he brushes off when Carl wants to get to know him. As pieces fall in place, it's a race to prevent the next killing, quite possibly someone close to Stan. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Madness. Mayhem. Mutilation. The masterwork of a serial killer.


Crime | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing grisly images, some violence and language | See all certifications »

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When Stan meets his former partner, he rolls down the window of his car on the passenger's's side. During this scene the height of he window is changes in every shot. See more »


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Anagram for anamorphosis is medioacre...

Well, i did see the trailer for this film quite a while ago and i thought, wow this looks good. Only recently did i watch the film and I wish i didn't.

The story of the film is basically that a detective (dafoe) re-opens a series of murder cases by a well known killer he was investigating. The story is mainly focused on Dafoe with minor characters such as his prostitute friend (Duvall) and his detective partner (speedman).

I thought this film had loads of potential but it fell short because it lacked a few things. 1) the character development- although they established a few elements to Dafoes character, I thought they should have gone further to develop his character. Speedman and Duvalls characters have the typical stereotypes associated with any rookie detective and prostitute friend. I didn't feel that these characters had anything interesting to add to the film and were there really to just infill any film clichés the director wanted to add.

I must say that the idea is very original and the victim scenes were interesting to watch but I was not at all satisfied with the ending as it was more of an anticlimax more than anything and the killer said 3 lines in the whole film.

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Release Date:

5 August 2008 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Anamorph See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,120, 20 April 2008

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Kamala Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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