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by Scott Weinberg

"Improved! Now With MORE Suicides!"
3 stars

It comes from Troma, it's shot on video, and it's basically a series of grimy, simulated suicides. Still interested? Then you may be the sort of person who'll get a sick kick or two out of this twisted German pseudo-snuff flick.

For reasons probably best left unexplained, a normal-looking young man and woman have posted a suicide website: anyone who's about to off themselves should drop this duo a line, and they'll show up to videotape your final minutes...up to and including the gruesome aftermath. While it makes sense that the couple may be able to sell such unpleasantries to a variety of places, the viewer is left to wonder exactly why a person just about to commit suicide...would wait around so two strangers could record the thing.

Suicide is a voyeur's film, as all of the action is presented as if the viewer is behind the Handycam. We sit passively as a series of unhappy losers off themselves in a variety of fashions, many of which are quite convincing. Although the chap who opts for a shotgun blast to the head gets cheated out of an onscreen splatter, one guy drowns himself pretty creepily, another falls from a tall warehouse in a the flick's last 'suicide' is pretty darn amazing to witness. I rewound the thing three times and couldn't spot the seams. Pretty impressive effects for such a clearly inexpensive movie.

But in between the admittedly icky moments of interest (and a finale that's sickly amusing), we're subjected to a whole lot of down-time. Listening to each suicidee whine about their problems becomes more than a little tiresome, partially because the performances are pretty bad - but mainly because they're not saying anything interesting. It's just white noise needed to fill the spaces between the carnage. Plus several of the dispatches are just drab; who wants to see a depressed teenage girl vomit up a fistful of sleeping pills....repeatedly?

If you consider yourself a fan of sick, twisted cinema then Suicide is certainly something you'd want to check out. Granted, the Multiplex Crowd would see a movie like this as one step above insect pornography - but those who appreciate the seamier side of grass-roots grunge horror will most likely find something to appreciate here.

Of interest mainly to those who seek out the weirdest and most 'underground' sort of exploitation flicks. Heck, it's got the name TROMA on it, so you have no excuses if the thing sickens you beyond measure.

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1/06/05 MyGreenBed Worth a look, average in execution. Lacks "meat", but interesting in a way (not gory). 3 stars
10/25/04 Sophie It was really creepy, really interesting to see people's perspectives on life and death. 5 stars
6/17/04 Dracula It was great. Sure, it was sick, but why else would you buy a film called "Suicide"? 5 stars
5/13/04 ABC Made me wanna commit suicide myself 1 stars
4/30/04 juliette ideas anyone? 5 stars
4/30/04 juan i think that these movies are good and may educate the people to do not try to do that!!!! 4 stars
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  27-Apr-2004 (NR)



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