Last Screening (2011)





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A movie house in Paris is home to a violent lunatic in this darkly comic thriller from director and co-screenwriter Laurent Achard. Sylvain (Pascal Cervo) works at a small repertory theater where he serves as projectionist, janitor, ticket taker, and maintenance man. The theater attracts a small but devoted clientele, including Manon (Charlotte van Kemmel), a lovely would-be actress infatuated with Sylvain, but she's unaware that he has a secret: Sylvain lives in the basement of the theater and has a large collection of movie star portraits that he's fleshing out with real flesh. Sylvain is a serial killer who has been murdering women and using their ears to decorate his photographs, and while the police have so far been unable to identify the fiend, the theater owner's recent decision to sell his property could reveal the truth about Sylvain. Meanwhile, flashbacks examine the grim relationship between Sylvain and his mother (Karole Rocher), who also has an unhealthy obsession with the movies. Derniere Seance (aka Last Screening) was an official selection at the 2011 London BFI Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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Critic Reviews for Last Screening

All Critics (2)

Is this what watching too many movies will do to you?

Full Review… | March 8, 2012

A wasted opportunity; what could have been a deliciously dark-humoured look at the nature of celebrity and fantasy is a dreary stab at the horror genre.

Full Review… | October 18, 2011

Audience Reviews for Last Screening

French director Laurent Achard's meta-horror film The Last Screening could be considered to be The Cabin in the Woods for slasher films, yet gone horribly wrong. Moving at a glacier-like pace, Achard seems insecure whether this's meant to be a dark comedy, straight-up horror, an exploitation film, or the meta-commentary it seemingly intended to be. Unable to choose, he combines elements from all of the above: The serial-killer is a man obsessed with cinema (meta-commentary), he works in a theater which only shows two films on loop (dark comedy), he stalks his prey before the kill (straight-up horror), and once he commits the murder, steals body parts from his victims (exploitation). All of this is shot like a moody art-film, adding more confusion to the genre mix. I hope that was the last screening I'll ever have to go to for The Last Screening. (If there was one benefit of watching the film, it was that pun) Grade: D

David Unterberger
David Unterberger

Graphic, disturbing moments of violence with a whole lot of not much in between. Sort of old-fashioned in many respects, especially psychologically with its Freudian mommy-issues. The single-camera real-time no-music killings are rather unsettling however.

Roy Smith
Roy Smith

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