Aug 30, 2012

Review: Little Big Boy - 2011

Little Big Boy
Aka: Little Big Boy: The Death Stalker Murders
Director: Kim Sønderholm

I write about all kinds of films here but my heart beat a little extra for independent underground flicks that certainly is not for everybody. Especially if the genre are at bit odd and unusual measures is taken when telling the story. There doesn’t have to be loads of gore to make an interesting movie and this film proves that if there were any doubt to begin with.

This flick takes the form of a documentary and tells the story of a director called Jimmy Duncan, played by Kim Sønderholm himself. He’s acclaimed at what he does (or so it seems) but certainly has some issues to deal with. We are told that his first three films are successful but that it’s the fourth, which the documentary focuses on, which drive him to snap altogether. Things are not going the way they should and Jimmy seems to lose more and more of his patience. Finally he snaps altogether and all hell breaks loose. We learn that he’s installed hidden cameras in his house and that he filmed the private “auditions” he has had with some of the actresses. Everything gets out of hand and finally there’s nothing more to say.

Of course this isn’t really a documentary but a mockumentary and its way funny at times. It’s well thought through and the scene where some high educated politician rabbles on banning all of Duncans Movies because of their content is hilarious. After a long argument about it including the statement that everyone who has seen the flicks knows that they are evil (or something like that) he finally admits that he knows nothing about what he’s talking about and only knows what he heard from some “trustworthy source”. Hmmm.. Where have I heard that before! It seems very much taken from reality, from an individual which hates a certain type of movies but don’t know why, other that he hates them. Everyday life for many of us film freaks I guess.

The humor is present all the way through even if the finished product has some horror to it. The main reason for this is the end of the picture, the finality of things. There’s really no other way than straight down and it’s obvious all the time. It’s about a decadent spiral leading only to destruction. Like the scene where Duncan is forced to sit and watch audition after audition looking for a chick to say some lines and then show her tits. I’m not sure if he’s looking for nice looking tits or an actress that actually can say the lines convincing and I’m not sure if some of the terrible acting in this scene is deliberate or not. But either way, it brings something to the film and I like it!

We learn early in the film that Jimmy Duncan now is stuck in jail for multiple homicides and it’s easy to see where the film is going. It holds a nice pace and it’s entertaining to watch. That is to say that it’s entertaining for the way that it’s made, not necessarily for the gore and nudity. It takes us inside a sick man’s head and lets us feel for ourselves how it would be to be on the edge of sanity. In the end we know why Jimmy Duncan is behind bars – or do we?

I’m not too familiar with underground actors and actresses but there are a few names and faces I recognize. Lloyd Kaufman of Troma fame of course. He rambles on and on about Jimmy Duncan and makes it convincing. What he says may have been improvised on the spot as far as I know but it’s a very funny monolog. I also know April Monique Burril who introduces the who film by saying it’s a based on a true story .. sort of. Oh, and there’s Lars Rohnstock and Karin Bertling.

So if you dig this kind of films you really should check it out!


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