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 … More

Rating: R (violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Horror
Directed By: ,
Written By: Dan Clark
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On DVD: Nov 20, 2001
Artisan Entertainment

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Critic Reviews for The Item

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

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

Full Review… | December 15, 2006
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I felt cheated after sitting through the 90 minutes

Full Review… | October 27, 2001

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

August 11, 2005

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Film Threat

Full Review… | March 11, 2003
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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 is fun...

dylan steffan

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