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by Scott Weinberg

"Low-budget abstract-horror that actually kinda works."
3 stars

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 youíre doing a pretty good job.

Despite looking like it was filmed in someoneís dusty old garage, Insaniac actually isnít a bad little grass-roots horror flick. Presented courtesy of those proud sleaze-merchants over at Sub Rosaís Extreme Edition, this oneís a bit more arty and abstract than most of their bottom-rung exploitation fare. (Hey, Iím not saying thereís 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 itís tough to imagine Average Joe Movie Renter getting a whole lot out of it.

This oneís way out there, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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Directed by
  John Specht

Written by
  Robin Garrels

  Robin Garrels
  Chris Grega
  John Specht
  Derek Simmons
  Chris Martin
  Eric Whitman

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