A visit from the Incubus
Movie kindly submitted by Anna Biller.
Everyone who knows me knows Iím a sucker for short movies. If it is a 5 minutes Sci Fi dream or a 25 minutes horror fantasy Iíll put it in my player, anytime. While many of these movies are predestined to gather dust maybe shown once or twice on a movie festival, some of them are properly released.
The latter is true for the cult western fantasy ďA visit of The IncubusĒ by American beauty, star, writer and director Anna Biller.
According to her website, this ďVisit form The IncubusĒ is best described as follow.
Lucy, (Anna Biller) a young Victorian woman in the Old West, is being tormented by nightly visits from an incubus (a horrible demon who has sexual intercourse with sleeping women). Her friend Madeleine (Natalia Schroeder) tries to console her, but is unable to help. A fallen woman, Lucy gets a job singing at the local saloon. However, the Incubus (Jared Sanford) has followed her there; and things take an unexpected turn as Lucy and the Incubus, amidst the rowdy cowboys and saucy can-can girls, have their final showdown. With beautiful period costumes and sets by director Anna Biller that are borrowed from 1950's Technicolor films, plus big hairdos, weird musical numbers, and plenty of great character actors, this Horror-Western-Musical has all of the elements of a cult classic.
And when she says itís has weird musical numbers, wonderful costumes and borrowed 1950ís sets thatís exactly what she means. The sets and costumes are indeed wonderful and this alone makes it worth viewing this short movie. Add some cult elements, some burlesque French Can Can girls and an extremely campy Incubus (Jared Sanford) and it makes the picture complete.
Anna tried to mix some of her favourites genres into this movie. The final product is a mixture of Westerns, Hollywood Musicals and Early Hammer horror movies with a very surprising outcome. When you know that Anna Biller has put so much labour in making this movie, you have to admire her. She spent months preparing the sets and sewing the costumes, she took the editing of the movie, produced and directed this short film, and even the soundtrack is composed by herself. Itís no wonder that this multi-level genius from LA has been nominated and even won several awards. Her films and plays are shown on many locations in the US on Film Festivals and Art spaces.
Keep an eye out for Anna Biller, we at Razor Reel will. We are looking out to view her upcoming cult feature Viva, which looks even more surprising and will without doubt hit many festivals, soon.
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