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Written by Chris Mayo   
Monday, 30 March 2009

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Directed by: Kim Sønderholm
Written by: Kim Sønderholm
Produced by: Jan T. Jensen, Jim Pedersen
Cinematography by: Jan T. Jensen, Søren Ulfkjær
Editing by: Krede Andersen
Music by: Russ Diaper
Special Effects by: Lone Kirkegaard
Cast: Kim Sønderholm, Peter Ottesen, Christian Magdu, Jan Tjerrild, Merete Van Kamp, Lloyd Kaufman, Manoush
Year: 2008
Country: Denmark, USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 101 Minutes

Video: NTSC R0
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (non-anamorphic)
Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo
Distributor: BrinkDVD

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Craig is a Danish horror/thriller, from director, writer and star Kim Sønderholm.  Craig is Sønderholm’s feature length directorial debut and centers around the main character, Craig, a natural born psychopath who’s been living a lie.  Craig has been attempting to fit normally into society his whole life, but as of late he is failing.  Ever since the recent events of his parents burning to death in a fire, which left his sister comatose, Craig has been finding it harder and harder to adapt to regular society.    Bereft of his senses, Craig finds himself living amongst a society that just doesn’t accept him.  Everyone seems to mock him.  He works as some sort of a janitor at a “swimming hall” and is even belittled by the water aerobics instructor.  In front of a group of hot students she mocks: “Now attention girls, I want you to take a really good long look at that sad excuse for a male.”  Even online he gets no respect.  When attempting to meet online singles he’s turned down with a prompt “piss off”.  Out of loneliness he decides to partake in a hooker, but even then he’s let down by her mocking enthusiasm.  When his regular doses of Lithium just won’t cut it anymore, Craig snaps and takes revenge on all the women who’ve done him wrong.  (You know you’ve entered the dark side when visions of Lloyd Kaufman come dancing through your head!)

Craig is an interesting character study of a madman living in society, who’s gradually been beat down, resulting in him indulging his primal urges.  Tons of people are mistreated day to day and they don’t all explode and “go postal”.  Here, however, we have an example a man who, deep down is tormented and eventually just loses it.  Unable to meet a good woman makes each and every time he’s out with his friend, a more and more difficult situation for him.  Everyday life eventually compounds his internal misery resulting in his massive psychosis-induced state being exposed, and brought forth upon his victims.  When Craig’s at the end of his rope, he goes hunting.

While Craig shows some hints of amateurishness, (lackluster acting, and CG looking fire to name a few) but it really is an overall triumph for first time director Sønderholm.  As mentioned above not only does Sønderholm direct the film, but he’s also the writer and lead actor.  His experience in acting is evident as well.  Sønderholm steals the show as Craig.  In addition, Sønderholm has some nice visuals, most paramount being the footage from a church Craig visits after his folks parish.  One thing viewers might be disappointed by is the anticipation of this being more graphic than it is.  Craig is more of a psychological thriller than a horror film.  While there are murder sequences they are usually committed off screen with minimal blood.  The focus here is Craig’s deterioration and not his murderous methods.  Aside from the lack of blood/gore, Craig is filled with tons of female nudity which is sure to lift your spirits.  Just about every female seen in the film, worth seeing naked, appears naked.  This goes to show even though Craig is a “Micro Budget” DVD, they managed to put most of the budget into nubile delights.

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SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL:

- Making of Craig
- Outtakes
- Trailer

Craig is presented widescreen in a non-anamorphic widescreen presentation by BrinkDVD which is disappointing, however the presentation can be stretched to fit your HDTV via your remote control.  The video format contains some artifacting throughout the dark sequences but for the most part is fine.  The Audio contains some crackling and hissing, but does a decent job despite its folly.  The supplements contain “A Killer in the Making” which is a 20-minute feature, labeled as the making of Craig, but is actually really an interview with Kim Sønderholm and score composer Russ Diaper.  It’s cool to hear from the mouth of the director/writer/actor, but this does not contain behind the scenes footage as a more traditional “making of” would.  Onward we get an extensive “Outtakes” reel, which also contains a confession by the film’s killer as well as the contents of Lloyd Kaufman’s footage.  Rounding out this BrinkDVD is a trailer for Craig.

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Craig - BrinkDVD - www.Severed-Cinema.com

Craig - BrinkDVD - www.Severed-Cinema.com

Craig - BrinkDVD - www.Severed-Cinema.com

Craig - BrinkDVD - www.Severed-Cinema.com

Craig - BrinkDVD - www.Severed-Cinema.com

Craig - BrinkDVD - www.Severed-Cinema.com

Craig - BrinkDVD - www.Severed-Cinema.com

Craig - BrinkDVD - www.Severed-Cinema.com

Craig - BrinkDVD - www.Severed-Cinema.com

Craig - BrinkDVD - www.Severed-Cinema.com

Craig - BrinkDVD - www.Severed-Cinema.com

Craig - BrinkDVD - www.Severed-Cinema.com

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