- 74 mins
Hosted by Writer/Director/Actor Peter Vack
Official Selection: Calgary Underground Film Festival 2017, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival 2017
“One of the most disgusting movies ever made.” - David Ehrlich, INDIEWIRE
“About as risky and experimental as they come” - Heather Wixson, DAILY DEAD
How fearless are you? Do you like to test your limits? How about your gag reflex? Do you thrive on films that freak other people out? Well, if you're looking for a movie that drops trou' in the face of convention, good taste and even people's faces, ASSHOLES is your kinda movie. Described by one reviewer as “Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom and The Squid and the Whale,” it's a journey into the shart of darkness that isn't afraid to get messy.
The story centres around three self-absorbed twenty-somethings coping with mumblecore ennui through drugs, therapy and family dinners. Adam, played by writer/director Peter Vack (a star of CBGB, LACE CRATER, and M.F.A. – also playing at this year's fest), is too busy getting stoned to pay attention to the fact that his now-sober sister, Adah (Betsey Brown, Vack’s real-life sister), desperately wants his attention, and their parents' attention, or anyone's sexual attention – as she tells her analyst. Desperately horny, she hooks up with Adam's best friend, Mark (Adam Dunphy), whose anal obsession literally plumbs new depths of perversion. Entertaining each others' fantasies while riddled with hideous herpes sores, their rectal recreation culminates with a butt-birthed demon, played by Eileen Dietz (the face of Pazuzu in THE EXORCIST)! ASSHOLES just gets weirder, grosser and more absurdly Cronenbergian from there. A hilariously disgusting dig at millenials, the utterly fearless film is rendered even braver by the fact that Vack and Brown's actual parents play their character's parents in the film. “You gotta see it to believe it,” has never been so (cr)apt.
- Dave Alexander