Monday, January 02, 2012

Antony Balch's "Horror Hospital" -- nothing to write home about from an avant-garde director

Balch directed the awesome "Towers Open Fire" short about/starring William S. Burroughs. Looking at ye olde Wikipedia, I found he was interested in camp cinema, and so decided to see "Horror Hospital", hoping it would be a combination of schlocky horror and avant-garde experimentation. But, no, not at all. It's what a director of avant-garde films thinks campy horror films are like, gimmicky and cliche ridden in the extreme, and doesn't have any cutting edge techniques or ideas. The closest thing Balch gets to experimental in the very badly written story are two motorcycle helmeted guards, most likely a homage to Cocteau's "Orpheus".

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