While I can think of absolutely nothing better than to throw on HALLOWEEN or FRIDAY THE 13TH, sometimes what happens in real life can be much more frightening. Last year’s West Memphis 3 documentary, WEST OF MEMPHIS left me even more shocked than I already was, having following the case for years. The poster and trailer for Drafthouse Films’ upcoming doc, THE ACT OF KILLING, looks equally terrifying, in a very real way. It revolves around a war criminal, that in his country, is a celebrated hero, and challenges the murderer to recreate his killings via movie-style settings, examining how it affects him. Definitely interesting looking, and pretty frightening as well.
In this chilling and inventive documentary, executive produced by Errol Morris (The Fog Of War) and Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), the filmmakers examine a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass killings in the style of the American movies they love. The hallucinatory result is a cinematic fever dream, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass murderers and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit. Shaking audiences at the 2012 Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals, The Act of Killing is an unprecedented film and, according to the Los Angeles Times, “could well change how you view the documentary form.”
THE ACT OF KILLING hits select theaters July 19th via Drafthouse Films.