Final Flesh (2009)





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Visions of the not-so-distant future don't get much more (deliberately) puzzling than this satiric comedy. Word is out that an atomic bomb is about to level an unnamed American city, and a family of three living near ground zero -- father, mother and teenage daughter -- ponder what to do in the face of certain doom. While waiting for the apocalypse, the family discusses their many bizarre nightmares, bargain with God (who communicates in the form of notes slipped under the door), experience bizarre physiological changes (such as the daughter giving birth to a steak) and dress Dad up as a giant infant so that he may return to the womb. Once the bomb finally drops, the family unexpectedly survives, but trapped inside their home, their anger towards one another grows as they openly express their bitterness and anxieties. What's most significant about Final Flesh is not the narrative but how it was produced. Vernon Chatman, co-creator of the TV series Wonder Showzen and Xavier: Renegade Angel, wrote a purposefully absurd and pretentious screenplay about thermo-nuclear doomsday, and then divided it into four acts. Each act was sent to a different independent adult video company, each of which specializes in enacting fetish scenarios submitted by amateurs for a price. Chatman then assembled the four completed segments (which feature nudity but no actual sexual content) into Final Flesh, with none of the actors, technicians or directors supposedly the wiser about the satiric nature of the project. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Comedy , Drama , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Final Flesh

All Critics (1)

Chatman is a skilled surrealist, juxtaposing images and thoughts to create a comedy nightmare that manages to feel familiar, even through all of its absurdity.

Full Review… | February 9, 2012

Audience Reviews for Final Flesh

The premise necessitates its cheapness, which makes it get tedious, but there are some amazing bits of surreal asinine zaniness.

Alex Hiatt
Alex Hiatt

Writer Vernon Chatman thought it would be a funny idea to send four custom fetish porn production companies completely absurd, surreal scripts and have them act out his "fantasies." He was right. A woman bathes in the tears of neglected children, another breastfeeds a porterhouse steak, and a third grates a wedge of cheese that's sticking out from a man's pants. But mostly, the actors sit around tables delivering insane dialogue about the apocalypse, death, and God, all in deadly earnest. It's not porn, although there is some explicit male and female mastrurbation here; you could cut out about 2 minutes and make it into an R-rated feature. Most people are likely to either love or hate it, but it's crazy and funny and worth a look for the adventurous.

Greg S
Greg S

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