A first person narrative of the exploits of a gay serial killer in deeply disturbing, controversial drama about violence, sexuality, and the imagination. Dennis, the main character, whose lead we follow on this path between what is real and what we can only hope is surreal. His friends attempt to determine if he’s truly a psychopath. The story, is told in the form of a succession of ritual-like murders, comes to life through the letters he writes to his sometime lover and best friend Julian and the object of his desire, Julian’s younger brother, Kevin. The film is set in an erotic world of sado-masochism and portrays the sexual appetites of a young man for whom killing and engorging the victim become the ultimate thrill.
Frisk is one of a number of films by new film-makers (such as Todd Solondz, Tom Kalin, John Hewitt) who are for no-one. I love this disturbing new genre. Neither guided by morality nor restricted by the reality/fantasy divide, these films don’t seek a wide audience. Instead, these films explore the underground, less explored territories of desire in its darker manifestations. This film isn’t simply about sex and power, it concerns being gay in the era of AIDS and the insistency of desire. Frisk plays into the gay=death equation but this is only natural when being gay still remains for some blind people a lifestyle choice if not an aberration. Its a film about killing lovers, put blankly, and about experiencing the forbidden reaches of passion and obsession. Its a cold film and relentlessly reminiscent of De Sade’s writing. Transgression and shock rule here but there’s no easy comfort zones. A film of lust, decadence, cruelty and annihilation. Be warned.
Director: Todd Verow
Writers: Dennis Cooper (novel), Jim Dwyer
Stars: Michael Gunther, Craig Chester, Michael Stock
Release Date: 22 March 1996 (USA)
Also Known As: Frisk
Filming Locations: San Francisco, California, USA
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 4
File size : 1.40 GiB
Duration : 1 h 27 min
Overall bit rate : 2 286 kb/s