Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WORM (Synapse DVD) - Ear Worm Redefined

Syanpse Films put out Worm in a special edition package this past August. I think it's fantastic, urge you all to see it and hope that it does well. Here's an original dark fantasy picture with horror themes that is acted quite well. It's a solid independent with beautiful gore, moments of strange surreal fantasy and an obvious moral message that hits home in an age of "take something" to fix every goddamn problem you have. I must admit of course that I wanted to try a Fantasite even though I realize there are serious health detriments.

Reasons to watch Worm:

-Great performances by all involved with dialogue that feels strangely real
-Excellent gory gross outs with plenty of worms (mostly going into ears) to give you the heebie jeebies.
-Strange men in worm masks
-Surreal dream sequences
-Positive, anti-drug message (yet I want to try the damn worm in my ear for some fucked up reason).
-Plenty of bonus material including the original short that came about as a result of Nashville's 48 Film Project.
-the cover freaks out "the normals".
-intriguing story that actually seems to make you think a bit... maybe almost like a Kurt Vonnegut Jr plot.
Synopsis from Synapse:

In a future where we no longer have the ability to dream, people have turned to 'Fantasites', genetically engineered worm-like parasites, for sleep relief. Delivered right to your door, these worms allow you to experience your wildest nocturnal fantasies by just dropping one in your ear canal right before bedtime! Charles (John Ferguson), a socially awkward young man, begins using this new miracle dream aid hoping it will bring excitement to his mundane life and get him closer to the girl of his dreams. Soon, things squirm out of control for Charles and his friends, when the Government bans the product and people seek the addictive Fantasites through underground illegal means.
 A fascinating, genre-bending, sci-fi thriller, WORM is an outstanding independent production that took film festivals by storm. Originally conceived as a short for Nashville's The 48 Hour Film Project (also included as an extra on this release), this feature length version was developed without a written script and the actors improvised their dialogue during filming.  
  • WORM - Original Short
  • Deleted Scenes  
  • Audio Commentary Featuring Jeremy Pearce, Julian Herrera, Jennifer Bonior and Doug Mallette 
  • Trailer  

By the by: We are experimenting with a more straight to the point review format with certain titles. Folks just want the goddamn highlights so let us know if this is more or less helpful. That's why we're here. To help.

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