Alien Beasts (1991)

Alien Beasts (1991) VHS cover

director Carl J. Sukenick
viewed: 02/18/2018

Okay, so this is Carl J. Sukenick.

Alien Beasts is possibly the most inept film I’ve ever seen. I don’t know what else to say that hasn’t been said by others. Nonsensical sequences narrated over, juxtaposed almost at random, long shots of bad fight sequences and a jabbering Sukenick fill most of the 70 or so minutes. And then suddenly it bursts into an engaging amateur animation sequence that is hundreds of times more interesting and vivid.

Sukenick himself is more interesting than the film. Obscure and legendary both at once, an outsider artist supreme, maybe mentally ill, still ranting a raving, cobbling things together, reshuffling footage and apparently very weird. Here, he seems young and at least enjoying himself, directing the film even when on camera himself.

It may be that one Sukenick is enough for me.

 

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