Eddie: the Sleepwalking Cannibal (2012)
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Boris Rodriguez, Alex Epstein
Thure Lindhardt, Georgina Reilly, Dylan Smith, Alain Goulem, Paul Braunstein, Stephen McHattie, Peter Michael Dillon, Alexis Maitland, Sean Tucker, Jon McLaren, Norman Mikeal Berketa, Jolanta Mojsej
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Little Art School, Little Art School of Horrors
Favorite Movie Quote: "Not if my life depended on it"
Lars Olafssen (Thure Lindhardt), a prominent artist suffering a ten-year dry spell, moves from Denmark to Canada, to take a job as an art teacher. His first experiences are not good. He accidentally runs over a deer, and in the process of "putting it out of its misery," meets the local authorities, Officer Verner (Paul Braunstein), who questions his motives for "repeatedly bashing in the brains of a helpless deer." He meets his neighbor, Charles (Peter Michael Dillon), also an artist with an annoying dog, and a chip on his shoulder, greets Lars with angry distaste, his fellow teacher, Leslie (Georgina Reilly), greets him coolly. The only person who is glad his is there is the school's headmaster, Harry, (Alain Goulem), whose joy is quickly replaced by disappointment when he discovers Lars will not put his school on the map, as he wishes not to paint, but to only teach.
Then there's Eddie.
A mentally-challenged mute via tragic accident, he is a "ward of the school" of sorts, allowed to attend classes as a condition of his Aunt's endowment to the school. By default, Lars has "adopted" Eddie, as he now has no one to care for him. The relationship is strained, but Eddie, an imposing and massive man, is as gentle as he is large. One night, as Lars lay sleeping, he hears a noise from Eddie's room. He tracks Eddie out the window and through the woods, where he finds him, naked in the snow, save for his skivvies, and his face covered in blood. He follows Eddie home, and discovers a dead rabbit, torn to bits. Eddie just cleans himself up, and goes back to bed. Suddenly Lars finds his muse, and begins to paint once more. Thus begins the relationship of the former artist, and his creative inspiration, a sleepwalking cannibal.
EDDIE: the SLEEPWALKING CANNIBAL, closely resembles the Roger Corman cult film, LITTLE SHOP of HORRORS. Lars is "Seymour Krelborn," an artist, now a nobody; Frank is "Mr. Mushnik," who doesn't really care how Lars has suddenly started to create again, just as long as he is revitalizing the school. There is even an "Audrey," the love interest in the form of Leslie. And, of course, "Audrey II" is Eddie, who, as he continues to eliminate any of Lars' adversaries, inspires him to create the most amazing art. The only thing that was missing was Eddie saying, "Feed me, Lars," because, well, he's mute. The story also progresses, from shock and horror, to prideful elation, to the realization that things are getting out of hand. The only thing missing from the analogy was the schlock of the original, and the cutesy songs of the stage musical. It was a solid, ensemble performance by the entire cast, and a lot of fun to watch. Stephen McHattie (300) puts in an appearance as Ronny, Lars' agent. The last character of this melodrama was the soundtrack, which David Burns chose to use tragic operas, mirroring the beauty of the art with the tragedy of the context. If you follow the analogy to its fateful conclusion, the spoiler is very well apparent.
On my personal rating scale of with "5" being drop everything and see the movie now; if you're female, bear the producers' children and "0" being burn down the theater, murder the movie staff, and violate their dog, this movie earns a "4," using my patented Bell Curve for Independent movies. EDDIE: the SLEEPWALKING CANNIBAL is a black comedy in the spirit of ARSENIC and OLD LACE, or the original EVIL DEAD series.
The film is unrated, but has coarse language, lots of violence, but surprisingly little actual gore. That means it is television-friendly, and is a shoo-in for any of the sci-fi/fantasy/horror channels that lucky enough to snap it up. Doppelgänger Releasing will open EDDIE: the SLEEPWALKING CANNIBAL in theaters and Video on Demand Friday, April 5th. This is the perfect movie for the zombie/horror/black comedy group, and a fun night at the movies.
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