Scarlet Worm, The [Blu-ray]
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WORM is, definitely, not for everyone. It's a B-movie western clearly with European influences not seen in stateside release in, quite probably, four decades. There are no current box office draws in the cast, and much of its ramshackle Western sets resemble contemporary theme park settings and/or budget tourist trap destinations located anywhere between Benson and Bisbee. At times, the film seems little more than a bloated community theatre production of a spaghetti western ... but don't be fooled, cinema fans, because that's quite probably the way the makers had intended it all along. Shot on a budget of reportedly $25,000, WORM is as much as exercise in film appreciation as it is the art of modern film-making.
In short, WORM came about thanks to the online friendship of a group of like-minded film junkies. They met in various forums, exchanged information about film likes and dislikes, and they decided that their fandom and their friendship deserved something even greater. So they got together and pooled their resources and efforts into making the kind of film they loved and they wanted to see returned to audiences. The end result is not only a film like THE SCARLET WORM but also a handful of similar second rate features with schlock titles like THE MINSTREL KILLER and APOCRYPHA.Read more ›
Written by David Lambert, the story is told in five chapters (The Quickening, Ensoulment, Dilation, Curettage, and Expulsion) and opens in the year 1909, following Print (Aaron Sielstra, who also does the original music), a part-time barber who doubles as a religious and philosophical assassin. Print works for a wealthy cattle baron named Mr. Paul (Montgomery Ford) and is assigned the task of training Lee (Derek Hertig) in the art of killing. In doing so, Print is in the process of "painting his masterpiece" by targeting Heinrich Kley (Dan van Husen), owner of Kley's Drink & Billiards, a local brothel.Read more ›
I was dead wrong. Within the first 20 minutes we see a man's arm obliterated by gunfire, another man killed and stuffed into the corpse of a cow (the effect is sort of creaky due to the obvious low budget BUT STILL!) and a rather strong abortion scene complete with the severing of the bloody fetus. The violence, gratuitous nudity and salty language didn't perform well with My old lady but the last straw for her was the abortion scene. She left disgusted and went to bed. Did that deter my viewership? No, not in the slightest. Somehow or other, I was hooked to this peculiar genre outing where there are no good guys, just bad people trying to rationalize their atrocious behavior whether through religion or warped codes of honor.
The film teeters from trash to eloquence in a devil may care manner that will probably be off putting to many but I just wallowed in it. Sure, the budget constraints are obvious a lot of the time and some of the theological discussions brought up in dialogue is overlong but never poorly written. The advertisement on the box makes big of two old thespians but I've never heard of them but be damned if they (and mostly everybody else for that matter) gave fine to excellent performances.
Overall this was one of the most surprising blind buys I've ever had. A truly underground gem of a movie and one that will probably hold up on repeated viewings.
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I purchased this movie not just because I like Independent films but also because many of the actors in it are friends of mine. I may be biased but I don't care. Read morePublished on September 19, 2012 by Alanna
If we were to go by Howard Hawks' rule of a good movie having three great scenes and no bad ones, The Scarlet Worm wouldn't qualify as a good movie. Read morePublished on April 27, 2012 by Everse
It's no secret that this film did not have an impressive budget. Where as most low budget films devote the majority of their effort into making their special effects as top rate as... Read morePublished on April 27, 2012 by Samn Peterson