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Singapore Sling (1990)

Meredyth Herold , Panos Thanassoulis , Nikos Nikolaidis  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Meredyth Herold, Panos Thanassoulis, Michele Valley
  • Directors: Nikos Nikolaidis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Greek (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: 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: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 30, 2006
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F48DBO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,857 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Singapore Sling" on IMDb

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Singapore Sling

A detective searches for his lost love and his travels lead him to two women living in a secluded villa. When they find him barely consious and bleeding, he doesn't speak, so they nickname him "Singapore Sling". Their hospitality soon turns horrific as he discovers they may be a mentally deranged mother/daughter team interested in deadly sex and torturous games... and they also maybe responsible for hs lover's death! Wounded by a gunshot and imprisoned in a nightmare that he may never escape, "Singapoe Sling" becomes the pawn in a deadly game of sexual domination, torture and murder.

Greek Director Nikos Nikolaidis has created one of the most disturbing, gory and strangely beautiful cult films you will ever see...a haunting story of one man's search for love and the horrifying consequences of his actions. Synapse Films is proud to present Singapoe Sling in a beautiful anamorphic widescreen transfer for the first time in North America.

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
By dooby
This is a very black comedy. It is a Greek film but most of the dialogue is actually in English. Only the voiceover narration is in Greek. It was shot in 1990 by Greek director Nikos Nikolaidis and stars Panayiotis Thanassoulis as the detective and narrator, with Michelle Valley and Meredyth Herold as the psychotic mother and daughter. This incestuous pair of lesbians (technically bisexual) live in an isolated mansion playing bondage and sadomasochistic games with each other and with various "lucky" visitors who pass their way and who unfortunately all end up buried in the backyard. The film is not at all as dark and forbidding as it may sound. It unfolds in a very tongue-in-cheek manner. It is not a horror movie as such. Neither is it a thriller. It is a weird amalgam of film noir, comedy, bondage film, surrealistic art film and absurdist cinema. It received decidedly mixed reviews, some viewers liking its boldness and novelty, others lambasting it as utter trash. Personally I found it quite intoxicating and will vouchsafe its place as a cult classic.

Nikos Nikolaidis is obviously a fan of film noir and of Otto Preminger's 1944 classic, "Laura," in particular. He borrows heavily from it, everything from the feel of the film, to the storyline, to the photography, to the music. The film opens with David Raksin's instantly recognisable theme from "Laura" which over the years has become synonymous with the noir genre. The music recurs constantly throughout. There is even a vocal version sung by Julie London midway through. The missing woman the detective is searching for is also called Laura. There is a portrait of the daughter in the mansion, very much like the portrait of Laura in Preminger's film.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, suspenseful, and surprisingly moving October 2, 2009
By Tristan
SINGAPORE SLING is one of those films that you are either going to love or hate. I, for one, loved it. I'm a huge fan of film noir, so this film's style was right up my alley to begin with. However, there's a lot more to appreciate than just style. For starters, each of the characters have their own interesting and memorable little quirks and they show right away. The way in which the characters are developed is interesting in itself. They each take turns, basically, narrating the film, yet they each do it in very different ways. This only adds more clarity to these characters and allowed me to see the situation of the film from a very open perspective. As a result, the audience may feel like they are forced to be openminded about the shocking acts that they see in the film. However, I appreciated what the filmmaker was doing. Normally this kind of story needs to be approached in a straightforward way in order for the viewer to be able to take it seriously, but the film works on it's own twisted logic and manages to develop and commingle with it's own style so that it doesn't have to be taken seriously. Obviously, the people who do take the film seriously will be in for one hell of an emotional roller coaster ride. Otherwise, the film just kind of develops it's own world and then allows it's characters and the situations to unfold in their own twisted ways. I liked this approach to the material. It's the same kind of approach that the film FIGHT CLUB uses, only here we get some semi-strict themes to contend with. The film goes on a bit too long and begins to lose steam at the end, but in general the film is a classic and I can easily see it becoming a cult classic if it finds it's right audience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strange and Unique September 4, 2007
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Warhol meets Waters with some "Thundercrack!" mixed in to the batch. This movie almost defies description. It is credited as being a modern remake of the classic "Laura" in some cases, but it is only so in the VERY general sense (although, if you have seen the original, some of the material is more witty). It would be like watching Warhol's "Heat" without having seen "Sunset Blvd,". The cinematography is excellent (not always a good thing considering some, and it is a ture original.
Having said all that, this movie is for the hardcore cult fanatic and not for the general public. Having said that, I recommended it to a family I know who is into the more off-beat, but even with grown kids, recommended that the parents watch it first to determine if their grown kids should watch it (at least with them as a family).
There is definitely talent in this movie, but as I said, it's not for everyone. Be prepared for some graffic and gross scenes.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond what you could imagine November 18, 2006
By Dm Otis
This is one incredible movie. It is so far beyond a boundary-pushing, transgressive movie experience it is hard to compare it to anything you may have seen. But truly it is a work of International film art, you just have to be able to get past the challenging content. No question it is beautifully filmed, and the set dec is phenomenal. The actors are totally committed and the story structure is very layered and intricate. The theme is death and killing, and the filmmaker builds dread and mistrust and doom into the scenee as the movie moves toward its final conclusion. This is something you will need to see more than once, and it is probably better appreciated once you are used to its extremities.
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