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Written by Chris Mayo   
Saturday, 12 January 2008

"My Skin" DVD - Severed Cinema

"Scream For Me" DVD - Severed Cinema

"Human No More" DVD - Severed Cinema

My Skin
Directed by: Christopher Alan Broadstone
Written by: Christopher Alan Broadstone
Produced by: Sebastian Alan
Cinematography by: Schwarz Nipfargen
Editing by: Christopher Alan Broadstone
Special Effects by: Wendy Broadstone
Music by: Brian Sussman
Cast: Tony Simmons, Lisa Montague, Rick Wildridge, Cole Adam Buisson
Year: 2002
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 13 Minutes

Scream For Me
Directed by: Christopher Alan Broadstone
Written by: Christopher Alan Broadstone
Produced by: Sebastian Alan
Cinematography by: Stewart M. Eastham
Editing by: Christopher Alan Broadstone
Special Effects by: L. Cunningham, G. Sigal, Borba & Owens
Music by: Ugly Mustard
Cast: Gabriel Sigal, Lora Cunningham, Tony Simmons
Year: 2000
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color/Black and White
Runtime: 22 Minutes

Human No More
Directed by: Christopher Alan Broadstone
Written by: Christopher Alan Broadstone
Produced by: Sebastian Alan
Cinematography by: Schwarz Nipfargen
Editing by: Brian Sussman
Special Effects by: Danilo Montejo & Wendy Broadstone
Music by: Brian Sussman
Cast: Tony Simmons, Cole Adam Buisson, Green Whittaker, Evan Susswood
Year: 2004
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 17 Minutes

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Video: NTSC R1
Aspect Ratio: Non-Amamorphic Widescreen
Audio: LPCM 2.0
Official Website: Black Cab Productions

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If you’ve missed the steady screenings of Christopher Alan Broadstone's films on the festival circuit then seek no further than this double feature turned triple special edition DVD.  Now, not only are the shorts “My Skin”, and “Scream For Me” included, but also Broadstone’s most recent foray into his diverse catalog of horror, with “Human No More”.

My Skin” begins with Death (played by Broadstone stalwart Tony Simmons) showing up at a crime scene to claim the soul of a woman who has recently been murdered with a plastic bag and a bullet to the head.  Since the killer took Death’s work into his own hands by ending her life prematurely, Death decides to frame revenge on her killer before taking her soul.

Shot on DV, “My Skin” shows that with proper lighting, editing and cinematography this medium does not deter from the dark atmosphere of the film.  Broadstone captures the grimness of the murder through interesting visuals, and persistently grabs the viewer’s interest through alluring camera angles and movements.  Broadstone’s meticulously chosen soundscape also adds aural allure to the film and compounds the films visuals.

The first-rate character acting of Tony Simmons shines through yet again in Broadstone’s work with his unique portrayal of cinema’s frequently showcased “Death” figure.  His dark mocking coldness during his act of “supernatural vengeance” works well for the character giving him a dark yet comical tone.  To quote from the words of Death to the unsuspecting killer: “An eye for an eye makes the world blind, and I don’t give a damn.”

Scream For Me” is a taste of Broadstone’s most ambitious and best work.  From its commencement, “Scream For Me” grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go.  Not only is this Broadstone’s most accomplished work to date, it is also his most vicious and unsettling.

The film sucker-punches the viewer from the beginning as a young man strangles the life out of a woman (Lora Cunningham).  The young man is Garrott (Gabriel Sigal) an aggravated and disturbed killer who seeks salvation through the screams of his victims.  He repeatedly shouts for her to “scream” for him as she struggles for air.  When she won’t scream he has a childlike tantrum and bashes her head on the floor until she dies.  Just before the viewer has time for air, the tables turn and in enters an even more deranged psychopath (Tony Simmons).  Furious that his sexual plans for “Sweet Irene” have been snuffed out, he beats Garrott unconscious and ties him up.  “You miserable cocksucker, she was mine!” he says as he continues to beat Irene’s killer.  Decadence is maintained when the madman claims: "I came here for some fuckin' little boy, and I'll be damned if I ain't gettin' some!"  What ultimately ensues is a sequence that makes “Deliverance” appear futile by comparison.  This time the answers Garrott seeks from the screams of his victim’s may very well come from his own larynx.

Scream For Me” is a stellar piece of independent filmmaking and the glowing reviews speak the truth.  The film is inventive and faultless.  It encapsulates raw horror and projects it unflinchingly to the viewer.  The acting on behalf of the cast is phenomenal.  As usual Tony Simmons comes off without a hitch as the fiercely psychotic trucker with a thirst for payback and fuckin’.  Gabriel Sigal as the young blindsided killer is another driving force for the film’s believability and overall gloomy despair.  Not since “Irreversible” has a “rape” scene come across as raw and ferocious.  The film was shot on 16mm and the exhibition of film grain definitely enhances its rough subject matter.  Once again, Broadstone shows his versatility as a director.

Human No More” is Broadstone’s most recent accomplishment, and follows a detective consumed by a murder case that has ruined his entire world.  Simmons is back as Detective Nemo, a bitter, empty, tormented man beyond all hope.  A killer has taken his family away, by murdering his wife and child.  This is told through an audio recording from Nemo’s interrogation with the killer, Mr. Blight.  The double personality of Mr. Blight/The Devil shows resemblance to the phone calls from the killer in “Black Christmas”.  With the audio tape we hear Mr. Blight’s view on humanity.  After a scuffle with Detective Nemo, Blight grabs his gun and shoots himself.  This leaves Nemo devoid of hope or vengeance; in an “abyss without light”.  Being unable to discern a lesser evil, between heaven, hell or humanity, Detective Nemo makes the choice of being “Human No More”.

The film begins with what would appear to be a Film Noir, or “private dick” story with its choice of swing music and mellow saxophone work.  Then “Human No More” unleashes its dark side.  The intense visuals are unlike any of Broadstone’s previous work and come across as being seen through the eyes of pure evil.  As Mr. Blight’s crimes unfold, the camera seems to morph in and out of close-ups in a supernatural sort of way representing the presence of evil.  Another part of the film is told through a stationary camera as Detective Nemo records his final statement on life and humanity, ending in a powerful climax.

Once again Simmons gives us another completely different character than his previous efforts and shows how adaptable he is as an actor.  With Broadstone as director, and Simmons as the star, their combined talents shine through the somber topics of a Christopher Alan Broadstone film.  If these three films are an indication of the progression of Broadstone as an auteur then a powerful future for Black Cab Productions is unavoidable.

If you have never seen a film by Christopher Alan Broadstone, and haven’t heard of him until now, it would be a wise investment to lay down the mere $16.99 and pick up this triple pack DVD.  The misanthrope inside you will thank me. 

My Skin - "Flight of Death"

Scream For Me - "Throb"

Human No More - "Shot in the Face"

SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL:

My Skin
- Trailer
- ‘In the Moonlight’ Photo Gallery

Scream For Me
- Trailer
- ‘World Scream’ Photo Gallery
- ‘A Tragic Comedy of Errors’

Human No More
- N/A

My Skin” and “Scream For Me” both contain an official trailer for the film and photo galleries. “Scream For Me” contains ‘A Tragic Comedy of Errors” which is a 7-minute behind-the-scenes blooper reel that comes off far too goofy. The hamminess is intentional, but also fruitless. “Human No More” is an extra in and of itself.

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My Skin - "Bound Ankles"

My Skin - "Smokin' Gun"

My Skin - "Transparent Demise"

My Skin - "My Skin!"

My Skin - "Book of Death"

My Skin - "Unexpected Contact"

Scream For Me - "Scream!"

Scream For Me - "Cold and Strangled"

Scream For Me - "You Miserable Fucker!"

Scream For Me - "I Came For Some Fuckin'"

Scream For Me - "Pucker"

Scream For Me - "Toy"

Scream For Me - "Deranged Trucker"

Scream For Me - "He Came For Some Fuckin' and Got it!"

Scream For Me - "Scream!"

Scream For Me - "Answers"

Human No More - "Detective Nemo"

Human No More - "Eyes of Evil"

Human No More - "Baby Brain Pudding"

Human No More - "Heaven"

Human No More - "Hell"

Human No More - "Abyss Without Light"

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