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The sheer kitsch of the characters and settings prevents a real-life audience from ever having to feel genuinely implicated.
[VIDEO ESSAY] Self-reflexive social satire rarely comes with such a hilarious fury of black humor as it does in this ingenious mockumentary about filming a serial killer's pursuits.
It proves that a catchy title does not necessarily make for a good movie.
An important film, yes, but one frequently surpassed and out-subverted.
This is an original, a stark and (sorry) biting work far more complex, both stylistically and thematically, than first meets the eye.
Misunderstood, this original belgian film is a stairical stab at serial killers, our new "cultural icons"; the moral was misinterpreted by some critics.
a strikingly original satire carried out with unbelievable deadpan humor
Harsh, unflinching and sinfully enjoyable.
The film's absurdly dark humor comes with a price tag, and after a while the continuously mindless and pointless killings begin to exact a numbing toll on the viewer.
A black comedy that's as dark as night, Man Bites Dog is a worthy successor to A Clockwork Orange as this generation's most telling and unflinching look at our views on violence.
a deeply compelling, if ultimately confused, indictment of screen violence as entertainment, one that continues to shock and confound
Joins I Stand Alone and Funny Games on the list of maddeningly recondite European films that exploit the violence-in-media subtext to hide their sick, voyeuristic fantasies.
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.
"Once I buried two Arabs in a wall over there... Facing Mecca, of course.". Man Bites Dog is a very shocking, disturbing, and darkly funny documentary style film. It's one of the best documentary style films I've seen. The content isn't for everyone and is very graphic. A rape scene in this makes the one from A Clockwork Orange look like PBS television. The themes of this film are interesting in the least. What makes the film terrifying is the fact that there are people like this in the world. They aren't easy to spot. They seem normal, but they are capable of the extreme violence like that of the serial killer in this movie. Although it is graphic, the film is very funny as well. The killer makes a lot of smart cracks and some of the irony of the movie is pretty funny too. Some of the funniest scenes occur when the killer is talking about what he does in a serious manner. Not for everyone, but well worth the watch if you can tolerate the material. Last scene is amazing, and Blair Witch owes a lot to it.
I remember this movie. I kind of wish I had seen it before I saw the English-language remake from Britain, though (The Last Horror Movie). It's a fairly novel concept for a horror movie: a serial killer gets a documentary film crew to follow him around, and generates the films scares organically and simply through his own behaviour. I kind of feel the way I do when I watch a movie's parody before I see the original: when the first thing you've seen is a reworking, retooling and improvement on an idea, the original source text seems a little pale by comparison. The protagonst-killer in this movie is not nearly as likeable as he was in The Last Horror Movie, and the story isn't as inventive (not by a long shot) as Behind the mask. Still, for the time it was made and what it does, it's a very effective film. It gets extra points for being the first of its type (to my knowledge).
I can understand why people have certain problems with Man Bites Dog. Really I can. I just think they're wrong.Yes it's gruesome. Yes it displays a very warped sense of humor. Yes it sometimes goes to far in trying to repulse and cloud the moral sensibilities of its audience.But you either get it or you don't. The makers have not set out to make a movie intended to titillate the viewer, or to satisfy our morbid curiosities concerning serial killers. If that had been their intention they wouldn't have shot the film on cataract-inducing grainy black and white film.They've made a movie that examines the role of violence in society and more importantly in movies. They've made a purposefully repulsive character that only seeks to prove that old Hollywood moral conundrum - if the protagonist makes us laugh and occupies a large amount of screen time, we, the audience will forgive him no matter what he does.I don't think I have ever seen film that is quite like this, It's really the only insightful piece next to Psycho that really captures the psyche of a serial killer
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