Synopsis: From controversial director Lars von Trier (Breaking the Waves, Dogville, Dancer in the Dark) comes the bizarre story of a director (played by von Trier himself) and a writer who create a script about a mysterious plague that engulfs Europe, only to find their horrific scenario coming true in real life. Featuring Udo Kier (Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein, Suspiria, Armageddon), Epidemic is a dark and original horror film with a twist: Is the epidemic real, or is it only a dark figment of von Trier’s imagination?

Epidemic 6.0

‘Epidemic’ is a movie within a movie in a way: it’s about two guys trying to write a screenplay about an epidemic while, unbeknownst to them, a real one is about to unfold in their midst. In fact, if not for the narration, one might think that the written word had enough creative power to manifest itself in real life.

While the movie features an interesting premise, it plods on wearily and doesn’t really generate any excitement – whether visceral or intellectual. I hate to have to say this, but this one could definitely be remade more effectively.

But there might eb some copyright issues, because (snicker,snicker…) the name of the film (complete with the “copyright” symbol) is branded onto the top left corner of the screen throughout. I’m not sure if it was an artistic decision or some intellectual property thing that I don’t understand, but I ended up looking at that more thn at some parts of the film. Oooooooh… pretty font!

In any case, while I wouldn’t suggest avoiding this one like the plague, there is nothing here that warrants much exposure – except for the really rabid reel nut, of course.

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