Thursday, 3 January 2013
I mean it. This is a guaranteed cult classic and it's going to split opinions. So far reviews have been very polarising, but with a movie with this much experimentation it's bound to happen. Fortunately though, the experiments pay off. In fact, they come together seamlessly. Imagine if John Hughes and David Cronenberg in the 80's made a movie. Throw in some David Lynch, Todd Solondz and Alejandro Jodorowsky and you have an idea and it mixes together with ease. I really can't praise this enough. I laughed, I cringed, I related on an emotional level and at times I felt genuinely disturbed.
There's a few recognisable faces on board, in particular genre favourites such as John Waters, Ray Wise and Malcolm Mcdowell. We also have that dude from Desperate Housewives who was also in Hostel. The stars of the show are Traci Lords and even more so, Annalynne McCord, who not only escapes her 'Naomi from 90210' image, but she makes Pauline her own. This was a demanding role and she sells it more than convincingly. If movies like this won Oscars then she'd be shoe in. Richard Bates' imagery is very macabre and at times, dream like. Despite its depravity at times, it's rather beautiful to watch.
Overall, a masterpiece but see it for yourself and decide. It's an opinion divider for sure. I found it to be sick, twisted, yet tender and emotional fun. At it's heart, it's a teenage/family angst story turned up to extreme volumes.