Nick Zedd films are an acquired taste. This one is probably his most interesting. It’s more like a series of sick (and thought-provoking) set-pieces than a straight film. Some are better than others, but it’s never boring (except for the overlong scene of a naked chick super-imposed over an underwater background). Some of it reminded me of Pink Flamingos as some of the “actors” do nasty stuff for real (one guy carves the word WAR into his chest with a razor). I personally love Zedd’s films and think they’re fascinating. For people who like bizarre cinema. –Matt Hamer
Nick Zedd (born January 25, 1958 or May 8, 1959 in Takoma Park, Maryland) is an American filmmaker and author based in New York City. He coined the term Cinema of Transgression in 1985 to describe a loose-knit group of like-minded filmmakers and artists using shock value and black humor in their work. These filmmakers and artistic collaborators included Richard Kern, Tessa Hughes Freeland, Lung Leg, and Lydia Lunch. Under numerous pen names Zedd edited and wrote the Underground Film Bulletin (1984-90) which publicised the work of these filmmakers. The Cinema of Transgression is explored in Jack Sargeant’s book Deathtripping Creation Books.
Zedd has directed several super-low-budget movies, including the feature length They Eat Scum and Geek Maggot Bingo, as well as numerous short films. With Rev. Jen Miller he is the co-creator of the public access television series Electra Elf (2004-), featuring Miller, Faceboy, Andrew J. Lederer and a who’s who of New York downtown art and… read more