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Nature Morte (2008)

Nature Morte , Paul Burrows  |  NR |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Nature Morte
  • Directors: Paul Burrows
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Redemption Films
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,113 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Nature Morte" on IMDb

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Paint me dead! The strange case of ten beautiful paintings, ten victims of a deranged serial killer and the suicide of a brilliant painter is investigated by an American art guru. From the south of France to Thailand, nothing is what it seems as he is drawn into a world of lust and depravity, where more paintings begin to surface and another artist begins to kill in order to create! A film described as insane and beautiful by legendary exploitation director Jess Franco, Nature Morte is a sophisticated, dark and highly stylized psychological thriller. Available
for the first time ever on DVD and featuring an original soundtrack from Steven Severin (of Siouxsie and the Banshees), Nature Morte is spooky, chilling and erotic - a modern Dorian Gray.


Impossibly stylish. A terrifically impressive movie. --MJ SIMPSON - UK's leading genre film critic

Sheer artful bizarreness. Stunning. --Steve Genier - Cinema Nocturna

Insane and beautiful. --Jess Franco

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By dooby
This was disappointing on several fronts. From the DVD cover and Amazon reviews, I was happily expecting a horror-gore-exploitation film. It wasn't. If it was meant to be, then it fell far short. There is too little horror, gore, nudity or sex. My biggest bugbear however is the photography. It is too self-consciously "arty", filmed with dark filters throughout. Most of the film is unwatchably black. Visually, it looks ugly. People's faces are practically always in shadow. There seemed to be no lighting technician on the set. You can hardly see anything. Even the "action" sequences are filmed in near blackness. How can you enjoy horror, gore or sex when everything is black? It's exasperating to watch. To add to the steadily building frustration, is the stilted acting. Especially of the main character Oliver. I'm not sure if he intentionally meant to parody bad acting or if he was really just a bad actor. To top it all of, there is the loud throbbing, syntho-pop music which I presume is meant to be menacing but is just downright annoying.

I actually liked the story itself. A series of apparent copy-cat serial killings take place in France and Thailand. An American art expert and a French cop go over to investigate. It is a variation of the classic novel, "Picture of Dorian Gray". In the movie, the central painting, purportedly a self-portrait of the killer, keeps changing, not to mirror the change in one man's twisted soul as in the book, but to indicate the identity of the person whose body has been taken over by the roving "evil" spirit that is the cause of all the killings. This "evil" flits from person to person turning the one it possesses into serial killers all with the same modus operandi. They torture and kill their victims while immortalising their death throes on canvas.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise January 30, 2008
I watch an awful lot of low budget exploitation stuff, to be honest 99% of them stink. Once in a blue moon, I watch something that is very good. I thought this movie was great! It had the proper amount of nudity, with beautiful women. It had some very good gore scenes, although I would have preferred it be a bit more graphic. And most importantly, it had a great story! It's so rare to see a movie that combines all three, and does it well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as I'd heard, but not great. February 7, 2009
Nature Morte (Paul Burrows, 2006)

Nature Morte has everything--a compelling script, gorgeous locations, one of the better soundtracks I've heard in recent years (composed by Steven Severin of Siouxsie and the Banshees), girl-on-girl action that's hotter than anything you're likely to find in any softcore and most hardcore films, an always-surprising mystery angle, some passable gore... yep, it's got everything. Everything, that is, except for the talent needed to pull all this together in what could have been the best erotic thriller of the decade, not to mention the first true erotic thriller/gore film crossover. So many possibilities, all so deliciously close to the surface.

The main thread of the film has to do with an art historian, Oliver Davenport (Killing Time 24/7's Troy McFadden), who's an expert on a deceased artist believed to have been a serial killer known as the Marseilles Monster. When a new painting turns up that could only have been painted by the artist after his death, Davenport and French policeman Georges (Jeso Vial) head to a small island off the coast of Thailand to find out if, perhaps, the Marseilles Monster had an accomplice.

It's great stuff, and as the film progresses, it gets greater and greater, with the exception of one thing--the acting. Troy McFadden was about as wrong a choice as one could have come up with to play Davenport (okay, it's possible Ron Jeremy would have been less appropriate, but that's arguable); his delivery is not so much wooden as it is sheet metal, one note that's in a constant state of shimmer. And really, if not for McFadden, I think this movie would likely have gotten a much better reception than it has. Really, there's not a single other thing wrong with this movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy, Spooky, Arty, what more could you ask for? April 22, 2008
By Maddo
Here's a movie that stands out from the pile of low budget productions I usually watch. The story is thought-provoking, the cinematography is daring and very very stylized, the sexy scenes are... super sexy, in particular the sapphic one illuminated only by thunder:)The score is by an ex-member of my favourite bands ever (Siouxsie and the Banshees), which was a bonus! For a first movie, I have to take my hat off to Paul Burrows, shame the marketing of the movie seems to concentrate on the slasher elements rather than the Noir genre Nature Morte definitely belongs to (and the movie's website certainly reflects this). I believe that if you watch it expecting another Hostel movie, you'll be disappointed, but don't dismiss it if you like a good psychological thriller or are a fan of Giallos, like me!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Genre Only played on Computer December 22, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Disappointed that this edition didn't play on my DVD player.
However the images and scenes had a wonderful gore to them
The low tech filming technique helped make the footage appear as a actual real.
Overall well done for this surprising piece
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