Based on Dennis Cooper’s infamous 1991 novel about sadism and murder, Frisk promises to generate equal unease with its faithful and complex rendering of Cooper’s text. After meeting a masochist who had posed for simulated snuff photos he saw in his formative years, protagonist Dennis begins to acknowledge his sexual obsessions and dark fantasies in diaries and letters to friends. Later he finds his solitary pursuits unsatisfactory and joins forces with a couple of Nietzschean thrill-seekers who share his homicidal desires. –strandreleasing.com
Born on November 11, 1966 in the town of Bangor, Maine, he studied film at the American Film Institute and the Rhode Island School of Design and directing at Brown University.
After a string of widely screened and praised short films he shot his first feature film, Frisk (Sundance, Berlin, Toronto ’96) a hyper-controversial adaptation of the novel of the same name. Featuring PXL vision, video, and super 8, the film assaulted audiences. Praised and reviled, it more importantly proved that Verow was an original voice that could not be ignored.
In 1997, Verow shifted creative gears. It was while searching for a more intimate film language with his new improvisational acting troupe that he happened to experiment with digital video technology. This led to the award winning films of his Addiction Trilogy; Little Shots of Happiness (Berlin 97, SXSW 97, Mill Valley ’97), Shucking the Curve (SF IndieFest 99, No Dance ’99.) and The Trouble with Perpetual… read more
This is most definitely a film that earned its spot in '90s gay cinema for sure, especially due to its basis on the Dennis Cooper novel of the same name. However, if a viewer of this film has read the book prior (which I did), the film ends up being a sore let-down, simply abbreviating longer sections and paraphrasing the majority of the novel with some direct quotations. An indie film at best, but only to see once.