Wisconsin Death Trip 1999

Wisconsin Death Trip

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The late 19th century finds the town of Black River Falls experiencing a wave of disturbing, macabre and truly eccentric occurrences. Perhaps the town's economic troubles or the harsh Wisconsin climate contribute to the plague of murder, arson, insanity, disease, suicide and other ills the cursed citizens endure. Part archival investigation, part dramatization, this film resurrects the demons of Black River Falls through bleak photographs and re-enactments of the town's sordid news articles.

Cast & Crew

Jo Vukelich
Mary Sweeney
Marilyn White
Pauline L'Allemand
John Schneider
Asylum Clerk , Whispering Voice
Anthony Wall
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Sheila Nevins
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Carol Hirschi
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Nancy Abraham
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Critic Reviews for Wisconsin Death Trip

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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.

    March 3, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

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  • 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.

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    Nathan Rabin

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  • Wisconsin Death Trip is always lyrical, sometimes blackly farcical, and sometimes terrifying, as it reveals the romanticised American frontier's true desperation.

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  • Chillingly beautiful cinematography makes the state's landscapes appear timeless as it sets the stage for a grim history.

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  • 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.

    March 27, 2009

    Dennis Harvey

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Audience Reviews for Wisconsin Death Trip

  • May 30, 2009
    Murder, suicide, disease, insanity, and a shitload of broken windows. That seals it, I'm moving to Black River Falls. This was a fantastic documentary(?) based on the book of the same name which tells the true story of a small town in the late 1800s and early 1900s which descends into insanity. The story is so crazy it's hard to believe that it's true. Actually, if you take a look at the fucked up world around us I guess it may be harder to believe that it doesn't happen more often.
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