The Item

Overview

This outrageously weird oddity from Dan Clark was the first entry in the Sundance Film Festival's Dramatic Competition shot entirely on Digital Beta video, then transferred to film. This nightmarish and hyper-violent exercise involves the efforts of a group of homicidal thugs to obtain and safeguard "The Item," a disturbingly phallic worm-thing that may be the Devil himself. Curious mishandling of the creature revives it, whereupon it begins manipulating the minds of everyone it comes into contact with. The hoary...
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Overview

This outrageously weird oddity from Dan Clark was the first entry in the Sundance Film Festival's Dramatic Competition shot entirely on Digital Beta video, then transferred to film. This nightmarish and hyper-violent exercise involves the efforts of a group of homicidal thugs to obtain and safeguard "The Item," a disturbingly phallic worm-thing that may be the Devil himself. Curious mishandling of the creature revives it, whereupon it begins manipulating the minds of everyone it comes into contact with. The hoary premise of a devilish fiend's showing characters their worst fears is twisted into a perverse Freudian nightmare, punctuated by fits of slasher-movie gore and gun battles.
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Editorial Reviews

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This clever, gore-drenched, dialogue-driven, low-budget camp caper was shot in video and has not been transferred to film; the movie looks like TV instead of a traditional piece of cinema. No matter, director/star Dan Clark does not let the technology limit the inventive camera work and ambitious editing, and his script sets the predictable monster genre on its ear. There is a saggy middle third where the "item" -- a ridiculous phallus-shaped puppet -- takes over the thoughts of the criminal crew and sets the thugs into dangerous action, but the over-the-top action pieces carry the show through even this slow bit. A sequence involving transvestites skilled in martial arts only adds to the mirthful mayhem. To top it all off, there seems to be actual philosophic ideas behind The Item. Horror fans longing for the return of Quentin Tarantino will rejoice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/23/2002
  • UPC: 012236120070
  • Original Release: 1999
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  • Source: Live / Artisan
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dawn Marie Velasquez Lauren
Dan Clark Alex
Dave Pressler Martin
Dan Lake Fatty
Ron Fitzgerald Dr. Ody
Kyle B. Cunningham Joseph
Judy Kean Kwon Rita
Romy Sharf Nurse Nicky
Technical Credits
Dan Clark Director, Screenwriter
Katie Middlebrook Art Director
Michael Mayhew Cinematographer, Co-producer, Editor
Ken Niederbaumer Makeup
Kristina Alg Production Designer
Howard Drossin Score Composer
Christine Ramirez Set Decoration/Design
Paula Lauterbach Associate Producer
Ramon Pirouzian Associate Producer
David Presller Co-producer
Christine Zilber Executive Producer
Laurent Zilber Executive Producer
Don Asher Producer
Tim Gardemer Sound/Sound Designer
Jim Fredburg Special Effects
Nick Plantico Special Effects
Corey Roberts Special Effects
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