An American Trinity

The acclaimed and controversial debut by the director of Shadow of The Vampire is a visual poem, filmed in a grainy chiaroscuro black and white. God disembowels himself with a straight razor. Mother Earth gives birth to a quivering messiah thing. Then the local villager’s creatures ravage and bury it. It is as if a druidical cult had re-enacted three Bible stories for real: Creation, the Nativity, and Jesus’ torture and death on Golgotha. The result is a metaphysical splatter film, a cryptic movie of eccentric brilliance, permeated with the sensations of a particularly vivid and perverse dream.

Rev. Ivan Stang, USA, 1991-2005, vo/ov, dvd, 87’ A brain-crushing collage of music and images presented in the form of a religious recruitment video. The topics covered are basic psychology, the origin of the human race, spiritualism, religious dogma, UFO’s, the end of the world, and the group’s figurehead, J.R. “Bob” Dobbs.

Robert Fuest, Mexico/USA, 1975, vo/ov, 35mm, 85’
Take the brilliant director of The Abominable Dr. Phibes and a freak show cast of has-beens and also-rans (William Shatner, Ernest Borgnine, Ida Lupino, Tom Skerritt, John Travolta, Eddie Albert) and what do you get? A very weird movie! A bunch of Satanists in the American rural landscape have terrible powers which enable them to melt their victims. Real life High Priest of Satan Anton LaVey plays the high priest, and is even credited as “technical advisor” to the film.

Larry Cohen, USA, 1976, vo/ov, 16mm, 87’
A rooftop sniper guns down 14 pedestrians on the streets of New York. A mild-mannered dad takes a shotgun and blows away his wife and children. A cop goes on a sudden shooting spree at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. And each of these unlikely killers makes the same dying confession: “God told me to.” Now a repressed Catholic NYPD detective must uncover a netherworld of deranged faith, alien insemination and his own unholy connection to a homicidal messiah with a perverse plan for the soul of mankind.

Alfred Sole, USA, 1976, vo/ov, 35mm, 108’
Alice. In de lijn van Nicholas Roeg’s“ Don’t Look Now” en met een spanning van begin tot eind, is dit een film die je niet licht zal vergeten. Religious overtones run through this subtly chilling horror movie, telling the tale of a devout New Jersey family’s struggle to reveal the killer in their midst. After a young girl is brutally murdered during her first communion, her strange and withdrawn older sister, 12 year old Alice, becomes the main suspect. With shades of Nicolas Roeg´s ´Don´t Look Now´, and a gripping tension from start to finish, this is not an easy film to forget.



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