"Low-budget abstract-horror that actually kinda works."
Low-budget shot-on-video features should often be judged on a different scale than that of the big-money flicks. The grainy presentation and substandard production values often get in the way, and viewers are often turned off right out of the gate. So you gotta work a little harder to find something worthwhile in movies like "Insaniac".But the Golden Rule is essentially the same for all movies: keep the audience challenged, intrigued or entertained, and you’re doing a pretty good job.
Despite looking like it was filmed in someone’s dusty old garage, Insaniac actually isn’t a bad little grass-roots horror flick. Presented courtesy of those proud sleaze-merchants over at Sub Rosa’s Extreme Edition, this one’s a bit more arty and abstract than most of their bottom-rung exploitation fare. (Hey, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with exploitation flicks; just making a distinction here.)
The flick starts out with a few trouble-bound teens at a party; the plan is to unload some fake drugs to make some quick cash. And then things get kinda odd.
Much of the film (inlcuding the stuff I just told you about) is told through a series of bizarre and often unsettling dream sequences and fantasy montages as poor Autumn (Robin Garrels) lies unconscious in a hospital bed.
Hardcore horror fans tired of the same old hack & slash should find something to enjoy here, though it’s tough to imagine Average Joe Movie Renter getting a whole lot out of it.This one’s way out there, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.