Monday, January 5, 2009

"The Three Trials" DVD (director: Randy Greif)

This feature-length indie flick from renowned ambient/industrial composer Greif is a study in psychedelic post-industrial psycho-sexual fantasies. Using a variety of notable artists as the soundtrack (SPK, Controlled Bleeding, Lustmord, Illusion Of Safety, Nocturnal Emissions, Nurse With Wound, Muslimgauze, and Greif himself, among others), this tale unfolds as a nun named Catherine (played by the lovely Molinee Green) stumbles across the convent's Mother Superior and a priest engaged in a scandalously compromising position. It's a seductive, beautifully-visual, and artfully-rendered picture of sexual excess, as Catherine is whisked off (abducted) to a strange castle where she makes some rather fantastic liaisons with some other abductees (yum), but soon finds herself in grave danger. Her escape sees her dressing solely in a fox carcass, and she is saved by a beastly man-yeti who becomes her lover and eventually transforms into a human who becomes her personal master in an S&M relationship. Got all that? Catherine transforms herself through all of these surreal scenes, and the integration of experimental film techniques interspersed within the storyline makes it never truly clear what is imagined and what is truth. An odd journey, certainly not for sexual prudes (or religious prudes) as there are a number of pretty graphic scenes here that will titillate and/or offend. Solid work, certainly with aspirations far and above mainstream cinema. And can't fault that soundtrack, either. Kudos! (Swinging Axe Productions)

Three Trials website with downloadable trailers, music samples, photos, and more info

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