Man Bites Dog (18)
Date: Sunday 29th July
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‘Why are you watching this stuff?’ That’s the kind of question any horror fan gets at some point in their life from friends and family, and the answer is as complex as the question is simple. 1992 Belgian satire Man Bites Dog looks to have some sick, darkly comic fun with that question, as a documentary crew become complicit in a serial killer’s crimes.
Benoît Poelvoorde plays Ben, an intelligent and articulate man who writes poetry, enjoys classical music and kills people at random. A film crew decide to follow him around for a ‘fly on the wall’ portrait, but they soon become willing accomplices to Ben’s savagery, beginning small by helping him move a body but ultimately becoming as bloodthirsty as him.
Beneath the carnage of Man Bites Dog, the three directors (including Poelvoorde) ask some pertinent questions about our obsession with violence being depicted on screen. Is it all harmless catharsis? Or has it done lasting damage to our souls? A companion piece to Michael Hanke’s Funny Games, Man Bites Dog is bold film-making that you probably shouldn’t watch.
But you want to…don’t you?