For those of who have already sought out (or stumbled haplessly into) Mark Region's After Last Season (2009) and recognized it as a cinematic offering worthy of inclusion among the pantheon of the unquestionably inept and utterly compelling cinema of Claudio Fragasso (Troll 2),Tommy Wiseau (The Room), and James Nguyen (Birdemic: Shock and Terror), the answer to my ongoing query at ECSTATIC is clear: it's truly Terrible. For those of you who have yet to see After Last Season and either aren't given to the pleasure of movies so bad they're irresistible, or are without interest in the academic confluences of Primtive Art and Avant-Grade cinema, then the case may be a bit more difficult to make. To try and describe the unique qualities of Region's first attempt at movie making and the way in which it is distinctly different from the aforementioned New Guard of midnight movie-dom is a task that, as anyone who has tried surely agrees, will most likely dissolve quickly into an exhausted plea to "just see it!" With that said, I will in no way make an attempt to try and unpack this "thriller" through Aristotelian notions of Plot, Character, Diction, and so on; to do so would no doubt compromise the integrity of Region's work. And, as Donald Fagen once said of Steely Dan's earliest attempts at making music: "Even shit has a certain kind of integrity...and we didn't have that."
|After Last Season - "Craig?"|
|After Last Season - the MRI scene|
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