Directed by Henry S. Miller
A detective investigates a psychopath who creates eerie artwork out of his victims. Willem Dafoe (ANTICHRIST) is Stan Aubry, an alcoholic detective drawn into the web of a super-smart serial killer who arranges his kills to reveal secret images when viewed at certain angles - an artistic technique called anamorphosis. But when his former partner is murdered, Stan himself becomes a suspect. Henry S. Miller's (OCCUPANT) twisted killer thriller features a stellar supporting cast including Debbie Harry, Mick Foley, Scott Speedman, Clea DuVall and Peter Stormare. Contains strong language.
A detective investigates a psychopath who creates eerie artwork out of his victims.
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Scott Speedman, Don Harvey
Could have been a lot better
It's nice to a serial killer thriller driven by art theory. This is watchable, and the sets and music are great, but Anamorph's postmodern leanings aren't for everyone. Defoe is an irresistsble madlad, as always ^_^
Though in retrospect I am usually quite critical a viewer, going into horror I tend to be fairly forgiving. So, sitting through this dreadful, plodding mess was nothing too new to me, but something I was willing to do to see where it was going. Somewhere in here there's a really neat story, and what probably drew the couple of hard-hitting cast members to the film, but the execution just kills any shred of innovation, suspense or indeed shock that might have been there originally. There's not a single thing to recommend this film: the score is bad, dull and overbearing; Defoe and Stormare turn in record-weak performances; the sets are uninspired and uninteresting; and the plot would have been weak for a half-hour TV show, let alone a feature. And if anyone's going into this -- after reading the description -- thinking there will at least be the opportunity to see some great works of art turned into macabre masterpieces of murder, don't bother: the artwork committed by the murderer is all original. Yet another disappointment (at least for me) from this most disappointing of films.