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Soft for Digging and Mimic: Sentinel director J.T. Petty blurs the line between fact and fiction while exploring the connection between voyeurism and horror films by speaking with both the people who make them and the scholars who study them. In addition to delving into such issues as objectivity/subjectivity, audience sympathy, and what the need to be scared says about the viewer, Petty backs up his theory about voyeurism's connection to horror by exploring the case of a filmmaker whose eerie,
Oct 1, 2010 Limited
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A strange hybrid of personal journey, half-baked documentary and cleverly executed tease, S&Man (pronounced "Sandman") gets up close and personal with three of the more extreme makers of underground horror and fetish films.
It's not entirely clear whether helmer JT Petty is being deadly serious or perversely cheeky -- or both.
S&Man is interested in the horror film in general as a perverse bridge between the genders.
It explores the cheap and trashy yet it's fresh and engaging, with plenty of appeal for genre fans and outsiders alike.
The question you then have to ask is: if it's so "offensive," why didn't you turn away?
S&MAN may have too many themes flitting through it, but curious horror buffs will find it to be a knowing look at the lowest-yet-purest possible levels of a genre.
The only thing scarier than the [underground horror] movies may be the people who make them.
Ultimately what Petty has managed to do with S&Man is produce a film that is both an interesting, discerning look at the most extreme of our genre.
The film is graphic at times, owing to the inclusion of clips from the movies being discussed, but most of its creepiness comes from its ideas.
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