30 day movie challenge

A movie that made you think WTF AM I WATCHING?!
“A Serbian Film”

A Serbian Film

A Serbian Film is one of those mythical movies that when someone tells you the plot you don’t really belive that it exists.
It’s a brutal, disturbing and sinister work of cinematography that most definitely requires a strong stomach and mindset to watch it.

Milos, played by Srđan Todorović (on the right), is a semi-retired porn star who is tempted out of his career hiatus to take part in an ‘art film’ being directed by Vukmir, played by Sergej Trifunovic (on the left).

After contracting himself to Vukmir’s alleged ‘art film’, Milos finds himself being drafted into a horrific series of brutally disturbing situations all in the name of ‘art’ which is revealed to be a snuff movie being created by the deranged Vukmir.

Internationally controversial, A Serbian Film is one of those ruthless, high- concept, shock-horror specimens that revels in it’s own notoriety which leads to the movie sitting on the same out of reach shelf as the likes of Human Centipede 2, The Poughkeepsie Tapes, Nekromantik etc.

Shock / Horror / Torture / Revenge movies have become so mainstream with the likes of Hostel and The Human Centipede and the endless remakes such as Last House on The Left and I Spit On Your Grave that faux controversy is quite often expected by audiences. Long gone are the days where movies caused genuine outrage and uproar, such as Evil Dead, Driller Killer, Cannibal Holocaust and even The Exorcist!

With regard to this movie, it could be argued that the desensitization of audiences to graphic portrayals of extreme violence, sex and torture has reached such a level that there is a need for artistic licence to create movies such as A Serbian FIlm. Or maybe it’s just another one of those shock-for-the-sake-of-shock movies that is is expected every now and again from modern day film making.

I watched A Serbian Film out of curiosity and after all the hype and contoversy I came away from it thinking… well not a lot. It’s pretty grim and darker than dark, I’ll give it that, but it’s not something that I’d be desperate to watch again.


About johnmcblain

Scottish Musician, Artist and Lecturer in Music & Sound Production.

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