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Art/Crime Featuring Inner Depravity: Vol. 1 and 2 - Funfilm Distribution Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Taylor   
Wednesday, 28 September 2016

ART/CRIME
Directed by: Frédérick Maheux
Written by: Frédérick Maheux
Produced by: Frédérick Maheux
Cinematography by: Frédéric Arbour
Editing by: Frédérick Maheux
Special Effects by: Rémy Couture
Cast: Nacho Cerda,
Rémy Couture, Joseph Elfassi, Eric Falardeau, Robert Morin, Patrick Senecal
Year: 2011
Country: Canada
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 20min

Distributor: Funfilm Distribution

INNER DEPRAVITY: VOL. 1
Directed by: Rémy Couture
Written by: Rémy Couture
Produced by: Rémy Couture, Martin M
Cinematography by: Martin M
Editing by: Rémy Couture
Special Effects by: Rémy Couture
Music: Peter Andersson, Jouni Havukainen
Cast: Rémy Couture, Amellya, Anne Marie D, Sophie R
Year: 2005
Country: Canada
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 10min

INNER DEPRAVITY 2
Directed by: Rémy Couture
Written by: Rémy Couture
Produced by: Rémy Couture
Cinematography by: Frédéric Arbour
Editing by: David J. Baron
Special Effects by: Rémy Couture
Cast: Andréanne Slythe, Cloé Huard, Laurie Poirier, Rémy Couture, Fred Q.
Year: 2005
Country: Canada
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 10min

Studio: Morgue 666

Art/Crime tells the ridiculous story of French Canadian make-up effects artist extraordinaire, Rémy Couture, and the bullshit persecution he faced for his extreme art. Couture faced charges stating he violated obscenity laws in Canada. This obscure and ludicrous law says that if anyone owns distributes, watches, creates any material (books, picture, media) that is deemed obscene, they can be charged in a court of law. This so-called law is a travesty. This means that every underground horror fan in Canada can face charges upon what our freedom says we are entitled to watching and reading. Freedom of expression, speech etcetera, might as well be thrown out the window here. My neighbour, who could be possibly mad or hold a grudge against me could see my extreme horror collection and the images it depicts and then call the police on me stating obscenity!? I call bullshit and this is one law I believe that makes Canada a hypocritical country if they are going to start using this shit to their advantage whenever they feel like it.

Personal rants aside, Art/Crime is a poignant documentary by Canadian filmmaker Frédérick Maheux, who delivered to us the cerebral mind fuck ANA earlier this year. Maheux delivers quite different material with this documentary as we get different opinions and views on Rémy Couture's case, and extreme art in general from such directors as Nacho Cerda (Aftermath) and testimonials from actresses who played victims in Couture's Inner Depravity short films and who were featured in his photo shoots. It’s a fascinating, yet scary, look at our freedom of expression in Canada being bended and twisted because of a passion for extreme special effects and art, something that in our world today, even in 2016, is not understood and which people are ignorant towards.

I believe it said that a child in Germany stumbled upon the Morgue 666 site that Couture operated, saw the content and told their parents. In 2009 Couture was deliberately set up to meet with people whom he believed were clients. They entrapped him and he was arrested. In the documentary, the police are also interviewed and give their side of the case. They said they had no choice but to investigate the case brought before them, especially when the material looked very authentic. One particular photo shoot which bothered the police was one Couture did which portrayed him killing a child. The boy and his mother are interviewed and they were both aware of what they were doing and only spoke highly of Couture and his work. All of the female models wanted to work with Couture and they enjoyed doing the different morbid photo shoots, as they express in their interviews freely.

The Couture case really opened the eyes of a lot of those who felt in danger for their work, expressing their visions, even if violent and extreme in writing, music and film. What would this obscenity law mean for them?  Couture went through his case, paid something like $30,000 out of his own pocket in legal fees to clear his name in a bullshit case that cost the taxpayers over a million dollars to scapegoat a man they felt was dangerous. It’s a bullshit black mark on the Canadian legal system if anything more, something which should have never happened and hopefully will never happen again. I'm Canadian and to make a talented make-up effects artist feel this way, the legal system should be ashamed. Meanwhile, special make-up effects artists in the U.S. such as Tom Savini, Greg Nicoterro, Marcus Koch, Jeremi Cruise are praised. In Canada, we accuse them of obscenities! Way to go Canada -- country that loves getting on with bullshit so small, miserable, petty and futile. Shame on them.

Inner Depravity: Vol. 1 opens with a quote from the band Ministry reading "The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste." We are then subjected to Couture's realistic effects work and obviously convincing performance as a deranged psychopath. It’s a ten minute barrage of exerts taken from Couture's various photo shoots which are as horrific as they are beautiful. It’s extreme dark art in its highest form. No dialogue is featured, as we get various gruesome scenes displayed as couture violates, mutilates and painfully writhes his way through various female victims. Before he begins, the killer injects some junk into his veins for full effect. Our killer is severely troubled by his thoughts and is suffering himself in his own mind, grasping at the straws of sanity that have slipped through his fingers.

Inner Depravity: Vol. 1 is done extremely well, so well that it attracted some very unwanted attention, leading to the arrest of Courture. To say it was real is beyond the realm of ludicrous bullshit. It’s extreme and tasteless to some but the footage is just another day for an underground gorehound seeking out the next best thing.

Inner Depravity 2 picks up as a different chapter, where most of the action takes place in a dark moody crypt and not in a car garage like the first one. The photo shoot footage is practically non-existent, except in various pictures shown on the walls in the crypt. When the crazy industrial music by Brighter Death Now kicks in, the mutilation of a young girl begins, and this time the killer has a young apprentice he is training to follow in his footsteps. The boy was actually featured and faux-killed in another photo shoot Couture did on his Morgue 666 website. The second instalment is not quite as effective as the original but it boasts some amazing effects work and great eerie atmosphere. The original Inner Depravity short is a cult classic of underground gore and terror. It’s a testament to some of the best and most disturbing indie film works to come out of Canada to date.

Art/Crime is a great documentary worth checking out. You can pick it up at ArtCrimefilm.com or contact Frédérick Maheux himself on Facebook. The documentary also features both the Inner Depravity short films.

 

 

 

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