Loves You" DVD
Loves You" movie poster
When Tony Todd tells
me at the start of a movie that, should I feel faint while watching
this film I should stare at my feet until I "regain equilibrium",
I have a pretty high expectation.
With a buildup like
that this had BETTER be a mad lunatic frenzy on FIRE, that's all
I have to say. Will I be disappointed? Will I tell you that YOU
will be disappointed?
The answer is no. Very
The plot of Bryan Loves
You is strange enough for three--a psychotherapist moves to Arizona
and discovers his small town is being slowly engulfed by a religious
cult that worships a god named Bryan. His resulting time in Arizona,
and subsequent battles with the "Bryans", have been
recorded on camcorder, and Bryan Loves You is the resultant footage.
Of course, it's surprising
enough in that Bryan Loves You is supposed to be some kind of
"found footage" flick in the style of The Blair Witch
Project, a format that fell into disuse largely because of The
Blair Witch Project. I'm not sure why, myself--I rather enjoy
the idea but I suppose it has the prospect of being overused.
But one thing's clear,
Bryan Loves You has used the concept to surprising effect. Yes,
it's disjointed. Yes, it's downright incoherent at times. But
all of this actually adds to the overall picture of a world clearly
gone absolutely bughouse. There's an actual theology invented
specifically FOR Bryan Loves You. They're going to be ranting
about Bryan and Tanzi and an assortment of other folderol that'll
be so thick and so absolutely irrational that you'll be COMPLETELY
lost, but you know what? These guys will KILL for this irrational
folderol, and that makes it really, really scary.
Never mind that somebody somewhere is saying the EXACT same thing
about Christianity right now.
My clever socio-political
commentary aside, folks, the point is that this sucker will be
all over a very, very creepy map and the net effect of this is
one truly frightening piece. Seriously, I'm amazed by the kind
of discussion that this could engender, and that's truly beyond
what a "horror movie" really is. Bryan Loves You is
the kind of thing that could be used in comparative religion study
groups. I doubt anyone had that kind of expectation going in,
but truly, it COULD be used in that fashion. The sheer fact that
such a use is POSSIBLE elevates Bryan Loves You beyond the level
of mere horror movie and into a new and altogether alien strata
If Oscars were given
for direct to video horror, Bryan Loves You would be on the Best
The ending may be inconclusive, but it will still be creepy. Creepy
is the watchword of this whole affair. And stick around through
the end credits for more fun!
The special features
include English subtitles and a commentary track. Several trailers
will be included in the beginning but aren't selectable on the
All in all, wow. Seriously,
wow. This is a concept that came quite literally out of nowhere
to be a masterfully creepy ride through religious fundamentalism
gone horribly awry. Its depth is as astounding as its breadth,
and the overall effect is chilling and awe-inspiring.
Directed by Seth Landau
Written by Seth Landau
Starring George Wendt, Tony Todd, Tiffany Shepis, Daniel Roebuck
Produced by Seth Landau
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