Man Bites Dog

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The activities of rampaging, indiscriminate serial killer Ben (Benoît Poelvoorde) are recorded by a willingly complicit documentary team, who eventually become his accomplices and active participants. Ben provides casual commentary on the nature of his work and arbitrary musings on topics of interest to him, such as music or the conditions of low-income housing, and even goes so far as to introduce the documentary crew to his family. But their reckless indulgences soon get the better of them.

Cast & Crew

Benoît Poelvoorde
Ben
Rémy Belvaux
Rémy (Reporter)
André Bonzel
Andre (Cameraman)
Jean-Marc Chenut
Patrick (Sound Man No. 1)
Alain Oppezzi
Franco (Sound Man No. 2)
Vincent Tavier
Vincent (Sound Man No. 3)
Rachel Deman
Mamie Tromblon
Valerie Parent
Valérie
Rémy Belvaux
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Benoît Poelvoorde
Writer
Rémy Belvaux
Writer
Rémy Belvaux
Producer
Benoît Poelvoorde
Producer
Jean-Marc Chenut
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  • Aug 03, 2013
    Man Bites Dog is probably the best low budget/mockumentary ever, it really grows inside of you. Man Bites Dog follows the life and work of serial killer Benoit Poelvoorde, who teaches us how to become a successful serial killer and the art of being one. It's hilarious, satirical and chilling to the bones all at the same time.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 17, 2013
    Man Bites Dog is an intensely disturbing movie that, despite having frequent moments of dark humor, is shockingly violent and very difficult to watch. In the movie, a (fictional) documentary crew follows charming serial killer Benoit around in his day-to-day routine. Ben is a vicious and remorseless killer, yet he is also witty, intelligent, and very charming, making his murders all the more terrifying. He is completely devoid of any guilt for what he does, and he even casually points to a concrete wall at one point and says that he had stuffed the bodies of two Arabs in the wall, "facing Mecca of course." He starts off every month by killing a postman and even teaches the documentary crew about the correct amount of weight needed to weigh down different corpses underwater. Gradually the filmmakers begin to assist Ben more and more with his murders until they become just as bad as him in a horrifying rape scene. The movie acts as a satire on our society's morbid obsession with violence, and it definitely makes a point to disgust its audience with violence. The movie opens with Ben suffocating a woman to death onboard a train, and it doesn't get much tamer after that. His victims range from small children to elderly women, and it's all shown onscreen. Needless to stay this is a challenging movie to watch. Despite the (deliberately) appalling violence depicted, Ben is carefree and casually makes remarks that are funny in the sickest of ways. I wouldn't surprised if someone characterized this movie as a dark comedy, because it's intended to be funny much of the time, but this humor is mixed with brutal violence to create a sort of nightmarish paradox of a movie. I wouldn't dare recommend Man Bites Dog to a friend, but for those who are willing to take a major risk and watch it, it's a fascinating and well-made, albeit very disturbing, movie with a very dramatic way of expressing its themes.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 08, 2012
    This film is violent, nasty, and has some of the best black humor since Dr. Strangelove. The serial killer being followed by the documentary crew in this mockumentary is Ben. He is an expert in killing, dirty jokes, and probably majored in philosophy in college. Which is probably why he steals to pay the bills. While I wouldn't rank this near the most disturbing film like many have, there were sequences of violence that were hard to watch. Most notably the rape scene, which had an even more gruesome aftermath than the one in A Clockwork Orange. Ben killed 34 people in this film, one of them a child. We only saw one man escape from him. All the kills were unique, the three directors didn't reuse ideas. We can only assume the countless amount of people he killed before this showbiz crew somehow found him. While the serial killer is enjoyable to listen to the cast made sure you didn't forget how bad he really was. That's a problem with some of the films that follow purely the villain, you start rooting for him. There were a few plot holes I spotted. Why wouldn't the police seize the documentary footage? It didn't really take much away but it could be the reason this is refereed to as an exploitation film. Which is not what the directors intended. The movie could bring humor into dark areas. It was even cartoonish in a sense, Ben looked at killing as if he was animating Tom & Jerry. This made it a unique and powerful film.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2012
    A shocking and engaging mockumentary that takes a unique and often difficult look at violence in our society. The subject of the film Benoit is disturbingly believable as the maniacal yet oddly likeable sociopath. While Benoit participates in extraordinary acts of violence, the filmmakers do a great job making sure that we are entertained the entire time. In that way we are giving consent for the madness to continue. Even as the camera crew in the film began to become more and more complicit in Benoit's crimes, we as the audience can share in their wonder. It is a well made film and even though it is hard to watch at times, you cannot help but watch. It is violent entertainment critiquing violence as entertainment and it does a very good job at achieving that goal.
    Reid V Super Reviewer

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