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     Set from World War II until present day, Taxidermia is a surrealist dark comedy slash body horror film (by nobody you know) chronicling three generations of self-destructive, borderline retarded Hungarian men. Set to a crushingly offbeat soundtrack by found-sound genius Amon Tobin, it features pig sodomy (or does it?), competitive second-world eating competitions, and…..unorthodox taxidermy; this may take the cake (lots and lots and lots of cake) as the flat out weirdest film I’ve ever seen. Yes, I’m aware that this already sounds like an obtuse premise, but this paragraph doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of how utterly gaping-mouth bizarre this flick is.

The Life of the Party

     Seriously, everything about your enjoyment of this film hinges on how much strangeness you can stomach. We say that a lot on this website, but seriously, goddamn. In lieu of telling you some of the situations and ruining them, if offbeat stuff suits you and you have a tough constitution for weird, unsettling (yet comedic) violence, you really don’t need to read more of this review; Taxidermia is up your alley. For those on the fence, though, it’s a really artistic film. The acting is great, the visuals are top-notch, and the cinematography is very well thought out. Add in the badass soundtrack, and it makes for one of the most intriguing movies you may ever experience. Its creators most certainly made the movie they intended to, and even though it can at times be a pretty unpleasant movie, it is never cruel like A Serbian Film or any other violence porn-type movies. Even if you don’t particularly want to experience it again. For you sadists out there, this movie serves as great “watch the reactions of first-timers” viewing. It also works for those of you who like to be made to squirm occasionally with your artwork. As a serious asterisk to all of this unpleasantness, the movie is downright laugh out loud hilarious at points, which serves as the most amazing contrast of tone that I think I’ve ever seen.

This guy is the film's heart throb lead.

 

Potential Hangovers

     As said before, if you’ve got a lower constitution for unsettling violence or body horror, this movie is really not going to be something you’ll likely want to watch. Again, it’s not like, say, Evil Dead in that it doesn’t revel in violence, but it doesn’t shy away from it. Secondly, even though the movie has an artistic vision (and definitely lives up to it), the plot could easily be described as meandering. The three case study gentlemen in the film don’t really tie together in any way that is meaningful to describe, and the movie just kindof….goes. There isn’t really a climax or any progression that could be conceivably called normal. This did not stop anybody who viewed the movie along with me to be any less rapt, but it’s a pretty directionless movie.

 

The Vibe: Casual Gathering
Told you so.

     This is a movie you’re going to want to watch with several people who intend to pay attention to it. Not that people won’t; a guy ejaculates a five foot stream of fire just a few minutes into the movie (well, broke my promise not to spoil anything, but that one’s actually really minor compared to a lot of the movie). If you’ve seen it before, you’ll love watching other people yell OH WHAT THE HELL at various parts. It starts strong and never lets go. You’ll laugh and you’ll cringe, but if that’s what you’re looking for, you will love the guts out of Taxidermia.

 

+    Viscerally awesome
+    Fantastic sound track
+    Genuine humor
+/-  Genuine cringe
 -    No particular direction is readily apparent

 

 

 

 

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