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Below Man - Exploding Gas Can Productions Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Taylor   
Tuesday, 14 June 2016


Directed by: Phil Stevens
Written by: Phil Stevens
Produced by: Phil Stevens
Cinematography by: Phil Stevens
Editing by: Phil Stevens
Music by: David Newby
Cast: Tom Stevens, Keith Miller, Shannon Fox, Tiffany Esteves, Victor Ward, Sabrina Drobnich, Doug Miller, Joe Zito
Year: 2008
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 30min

Studio: Exploding Gas Can Productions

Phil Stevens has been known for his now soon to be cult underground hit Flowers. In 2008 Stevensí idea of Flowers was probably those growing on the road side. Below Man is a completely different experience from that of Flowers or Lung II. It follows a more dialogue and action driven formula. We get lots of gun play and squibs exploding, outlandish characters and a crazy sci/horror plot which needs to be seen to be believed.

Phil's younger brother Tom (who I actually thought was Phil at first, the likeness is uncanny) plays in the lead role as Rubin Card. Card is an agent who trips from the "flip side" to the "top side" fighting evil creatures who are slipping through to destroy the "top side" world. Itís a crazy plot, very science fiction-like with lots of cool twists and practical gore effects. No matter what world the movie takes place in all the characters are bizarre. We get unwashed talking sharp toothed vaginas, chicks pleasuring themselves with razor-lined dildos and people transporting themselves from world to world through penetrating the body cavities of people. Itís awesome for the lack of a better word. Tom Stevens plays his role with a professional vigor as Rubin that is fun to watch. No one can do it better. It is his to own and he rolls with it, with an utmost conviction.

The idea for Below Man could definitely be re-done today and it could catch on and become a big movie I think. It has the chops to think outside the box. Itís original enough to succeed, but would the masses be able to handle such brain melting madness!? From watching Below Man we can see the genius of the gears turning in Phil Stevens brain, the ideas flowing, the expression spewing forth onto the celluloid palate. The visuals are astounding with such a budget and the feats that were pulled off are nothing short of a miracle.

Interesting information about Below Man, from the director himself. Phil spent a time in his life suffering from agoraphobia and actually shot a lot of the movie in his room. Being able to express the ideas of this film and produce the results are undeniably brilliant. Sci-Fi/Gore/Horror freaks will all eat this movie up. It has enough to please every appetite. Letís hope Stevens officially releases Below Man in the future -- it's one that needs to be seen.


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