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Marsh's film alludes to the poor economy of the former mining town but has little else to say about potential causes or motivation. Marsh just piles the events on, as if there's black humor in their sheer volume. Nope, just a big boring pile.
The main problem with Wisconsin Death Trip is the way the format distances you from the subject matter, so that stories may shock, but they never move you.
Wisconsin Death Trip chronicles, in bleakly funny vignettes, the marathon of perverse, violent, and frequently inexplicable acts of violence and insanity that gripped the seemingly cursed Wisconsin town of Black River Falls during the late 19th century.
Chillingly beautiful cinematography makes the state's landscapes appear timeless as it sets the stage for a grim history.
Those who pine for the presumed simpler life and upright morals of yesteryear's small-town Midwest have a rude, albeit wry, awakening in store with Wisconsin Death Trip.
What emerges is primal American Gothic: a blighted pathos which is also irrepressibly, grotesquely funny.
Crisply photographed in black and white by cinematographer Eigil Bryld and extremely violent, it's the hellish flip-side to Little House on the Prairie.
Wisconsin Death Trip is always lyrical, sometimes blackly farcical, and sometimes terrifying, as it reveals the romanticised American frontier's true desperation.
Required viewing for anyone who thinks the modern media created the social ills that accost us so frequently today.
Chances are you have never seen a film quite like Wisconsin Death Trip
. . .a fever dream of a film that is haunting, capable of jarring moments of revelation about the timelessness of human nature. . .
If sitting in a library basement reading random newspaper articles on microfilm for two hours is your idea of a good time, then this movie has your name all over it.
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