Unrated - Cinema of the Extreme

Unable to cope with the untimely death of his parents, gunned down by a burglar, young Garrott Druck develops a fascination with the possibility of an afterlife, fuelled by a fear of the unknown and a total lacking of control over ones fate. Having strangled his sister, in order to try to establish whether screams come as a result of the fear of pain, or from facing death? Druck has become a serial killer.

SCREAM FOR ME begins with Druck (Gabriel Sigal) astride the battered form of Irene (Lora Cunningham). Irene is being slowly throttled, but is unable to scream due to a combination of paralysis and indifference as she figures she will die anyway. Druck savagely beats her in an attempt to extract the cries he has grown fixated with. By eliciting control over his victims whilst in the throes of death, Druck believes he can gain the upper hand over the forces that lay beyond life, and when the time comes, face his nemesis with a sense of power knowing that the ultimate dread comes not from death but from physical pain suffered prior to one’s passing. Druck kills Irene before she screams, and the noises caused by his anguish at being cheated alert the neighbour.

Unfortunately for Druck he is due a rude awakening, unknown to him Irene’s neighbour is an equally demented soul known as ‘Madman’ (Tony Simmons) who was planning to attack the woman himself. When he stumbles upon the murder scene, and feeling cheated himself (he planned to rape Irene), he dishes out his own form of divine retribution, in a scene which is not for the faint hearted.

This is one amazing cinematic assault on the senses. Director Christopher Alan Broadstone utilises both sound and visuals to create a terrifying scenario. Our ears are besieged from screeching emissions of an upturned television in Irene’s room, and her gurgling chokes, to the violent breakages caused by Madman’s entrance (to both inanimate and animate forms). Whilst the eyes are threatened by rapidly executed scenes of physical violence, involving punches, stabbing, and sexual assault.

Accompanied by a frenzied industrial soundtrack courtesy of Ugly Mustard, excellent cinematography by Stewart M. Eastham (that makes the very best use of primary colour filters), and some rapid editing involving black and white footage, Broadstone has crafted an impressive piece of horror. Stylistically SCREAM FOR ME is in a similar vein to the work of Mitch Davis (SUBCONSCIOUS CRUELTY, and GOD’S LITTLE GIRL) with its first person narrative, themes of death and beyond, brilliant colour filters accentuated by minimal lighting, claustrophobic camera, and rapid editing techniques. Nevertheless, Broadstone’s film is definitely worthy of recognition in its own right; the scripting is impressive and so it comes as no surprise to learn that the director has just completed his first novel PUZZLEMAN. Until that surfaces, pick up this splendid DVD presentation.

Carl T. Ford

Directed by Christopher Alan Broadstone

English Language

USA / 2000 / 22 minutes.

A DVD-Rom release
Behind the scenes look at the film
Photo Gallery

A Black Cab Productions Release

Also included is the film MY SKIN

Region 1. NTSC. ECM Digital Stereo


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