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CANNIBAL FOG (2014)
Directed by Jonas Wolcher
Written by Jonas Wolcher
Starring Malte Aronsson, Linus Karlgren, Kim Sønderholm, Ida Karolin Johansson, Lars Lundgren, Vargman Bjärsborn, Johanna Valero, Anders Dahlberg, Anoshirvan Parvazi, Kjell Häll Eriksson, Juznur Siuleymanova, Caroline Stråle Svensson, Gustav Magnarsson
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Fans of film on the more experimental side are going to be the ones who get something positive out of this review. If you’re in the mood for straightforward storytelling with everything making sense and thrive on literal elements in their movies, please see some of the other cool films in this column. CANNIBAL FOG by Swedish experimental director Jonas Wolcher is about as off the beaten path as you can get, and is pretty amazing because of it.
The film begins with a pair of men in white shirts running towards the camera. As they get closer, you see that they are smeared with blood and look as if they are about to eat the viewer until they get so close that they are right on top of you. We then jump to the past, where one of the men from the beginning is eating fries just when someone near him is shot. The blood spatters all over the fries, yet the man continues to eat and feels intoxicated by the taste. This simple chocolate meets peanut butter moment sparks a hunger in the man that he cannot feed with sex, drugs, or alcohol. Soon he becomes wrapped up with a cannibal counterculture where people willingly offer up their bodies to be eaten by others who are more than willing to dine on them.
Thematically and from a storytelling standpoint, CANNIBAL FOG is strong as iron. The way the story interlaces itself between a blossoming cannibal and a more wizened one is complex, and writer/director Jonas Wolcher handles it all with a lot of grace and style. Wolcher films in an anything goes style, as if he really wasn’t interested in getting the best line deliveries from his cast, and a lot of the film seems to be made on the fly, but these rough indie edges are part of this film’s appeal. It seems very real, this descent into cannibal madness, and it all makes for some fascinating viewing.
Intercut with all sorts of weird detours about cooking, underground cannibal eating clubs, visitations from an angel of death, and the finale where the two cannibals go on a biting frenzy taking nips and chunks out of the arms and necks of random people on the street, make an altogether unique and unusual film experience. Again, CANNIBAL FOG is not for those who like their horror polished and clean. Dodgy acting and edits thrive during this film’s runtime. But there’s an underground appeal to this film that makes it all the more effective for me, specifically in the final moments when the cast give into their cannibalistic urges. Odd, eccentric, experimental, CANNIBAL FOG is a refreshing order from off the menu.