New year? New you! This week’s World of Death installment delves into the disorientating depths of the human identity to explore where we start and our minds end.
Daniel DelPurgatorio’s Body(s) opens with a desperate cry for help from a could-be murderer who pleads a surgeon to remove his disturbed alter-ego. We soon follow the brutal surgery and descend down new depths of torment and mental illness.
Director DelPurgatorio was the recent winner of the Clive Barker Project Greenlight contest and it shows. Horror fans will find particular moments reminiscence of Black Mirror, David Cronenberg and Darren Aronofsky’s Pi. However, DelPurgatorio’s own unique style oozes off the screen—making great use of lighting, sound design and makeup.
David Steiger also stands out here with a commanding central performance that carries the film to its bitter end. His unhinged persona is openingly terrifying but moments of pathos spark empathy without judgement.
I don’t want to spoil too much going into Body(s) but let’s just say that this really is the “who’s who” of psychological horror.
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