The activities of rampaging, indiscriminate serial killer Ben are recorded by a willingly complicit documentary team, who eventually become his accomplices and active participants. Ben provides casual commentary on the nature of his work and arbitrary musings on topics of interest to him…
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It's weird seeing how those men went out to make a documentary about a serial killer, yet entirely fictional. This mockumentary flick combines satire & violence as it's both funny & shocking at the same time. I laughed at its dialogue, I was shocked at its gritty violence. A darkly intense & sardonic masterpiece of 90's Belgian cinema.
At times deeply disturbing, and at other times perversely funny. The filmmakers were almost as bad as the serial killer! They were just perverse! I liked the serial killer almost more than the filmmakers who disgusting participated in these grotesque acts. I'm sure there's some wonderful metaphor in here about the role of the director in filmmaking. I'll have to think about it! Anyway, a truly great, fucked up film.
hilarious, some of the finest black humour you can find in films. and i always was wondering how and whether fly-on-the-wall documentary-making is possible, whether it remains objective, unobtrusive and not influencing the subject/s of filming. i love how in this film the crew gets involved.
This was made 2 years before Natural born Killers, which is quite incredible. It would make a very good counterpart of that film in a festival. Or it could make a great double session with 2003 The Last Horror Movie. Julian Richards goes in a very different direction of what the young belgian filmakers achieved here. The serial killer is the star, and the construction is meant to toy with our identification with him.
The jokes that hit the mark are hilarious, and that is almost entirely because of Poelvoorde, but the overall tone felt irregular and downright meandering in the second half, for its rather slim 90 minutes I would have wished a bit more work in the script, but do these people even use one?