The Item (1999)
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This outrageously weird oddity from Dan Clark was the first entry in the Sundance Film Festival's Dramatic Competition shot entirely on Digital Beta video, then transferred to film. This nightmarish and hyper-violent exercise involves the efforts of a group of homicidal thugs to obtain and safeguard "The Item," a disturbingly phallic worm-thing that may be the Devil himself. Curious mishandling of the creature revives it, whereupon it begins manipulating the minds of everyone it comes into contact with. The hoary premise of a devilish fiend's showing characters their worst fears is twisted into a perverse Freudian nightmare, punctuated by fits of slasher-movie gore and gun battles. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Item
Described by helmer Dan Clark as a modern-art-exploitation flick, his feature debut is more exploitation than art and more a midnight flick than a legit entry in a dramatic competition of a strong and prestigious festival like Sundance
Audience Reviews for The Item
Not a great film but a thoroughly entertaining and always surprising one, The Item is a quirky, low-budget horror film in which a bizarre creature controls the thoughts and actions of those around it ways that funny, brutal, and gory. If you are looking for weird, then The Item has everything you might desire.
Saw this movie 7 years ago and I didnt really get it. Now I think it is amazing. For what they accomplished with such a small budget, it is very impressive. Shot on really glossy looking digital video, giving it a cheap tv look, the movie develops all the characters and keeps up a good story. The blood and gore flows pretty well too. Think Reservoir Dogs with an alien creature as a catalyst for the characters to turn on ea.chother
ok dont see this movie expecting a horror film becuase it was marketed horribly with this cover art but i did see it at a midnight screening and got to meet the director/writer/producer/star of the movie...yes its all one person.... and he was a great guy and i think he gave what he wanted to....a live action anime wich it really is and its a damn good one id say sure its over the top...but isnt anime?... think about it....it is fun...
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