Tuesday, November 06, 2012

25 Horror Films: #6


Wisconsin Death Trip (James Marsh, 1999)

Ken Burns' staid formula is somehow transformed into macabre poetry.

Based on Michael Lesy's book of the same name, James Marsh's quasi-documentary uses photographs, recreations, and old news reports from the late 19th and early 20th centuries to bring to life the various strange and morbid events that took place in Black River Falls, Wisconsin at the turn of the century. From time to time the short, select snippets of narrated newsprint are reminiscent of Felix Feneon's piquant Novels in Three Lines, especially when Marsh plays up his own wry sense of humor.

One of the most under-appreciated films of the past twenty years.

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