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Frisk (1996)






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This provocative and controversial drama explores the violent, sordid and obsessive world of sadists, masochists, and killers and may not be suitable for all viewers. It is adapted from a 1991 novel by Dennis Cooper and centers on a young homosexual named Dennis, who is first seen as a teenager with a thing for snuff photos. While still in LA, he meets Henry, a masochist who appeared as a dead victim in one such picture. Dennis then moves to San Francisco where he begins to involve himself with more violent activities. He finds himself fixated on a gay porn star; this leads him to murder his first man, a hustler. Later he teams up with a pair of sadists and more killing ensues. Dennis writes letters detailing his crimes to two friends in LA with similar interests, but they disbelieve him. Eventually, they come to San Francisco and join the sadistic gang. Though the basis of the film is violence and tortured murder, most of the actual acts are only strongly alluded to and few of them are actually seen.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jim Dwyer, George LaVoo, Todd Verow
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 5, 2005
Strand Releasing


Parker Posey
as Ferguson
James Lyons
as Gypsy Pete
Alexis Arquette
as Punk (Victim No. 3)
Mark Ewert
as Young Dennis/Jan/You...
Eric Sapp
as Sampson
David Webb
as Married John
Daniel Boyle
as Boy on Train
Michael Now
as Shopkeeper
Eric Dekker
as John (Victim No. 2)
Mark Finch
as Newscaster
Todd Verow
as Blond Man in Bathroo...
Bonnie Dickenson
as Blond Party Girl
Dustin Schell
as Snuff Photographer
Dennis Cooper
as Man in Hall
Frankie Payne
as Uhrs' Porn Co-Star
Damian Roberts
as Porn Crew Member
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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
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Aiming to explore the extremities of racial and sexual fetishism in the gay world, Frisk exhibits a huge gap between its provocative intent and weak execution level.

Full Review… | June 10, 2006

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