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Short Film: ‘The Fantastic Corpse’ is a Fun Meta-Experiment in Genre Chaos

The Fantastic Corpse

Why Watch? Chances are that you played the Rotating Corpse game at one point in your life, especially if you were brutally subjected to a creative writing class. The rules are simple — multiple artists create a single piece of art without knowing what the other artists contributed. It’s how you get an elephant with a flame thrower for a trunk, or a story about a man who bakes a pie, flies to the moon and kidnaps a princess. It’s often less about the disjointed final result and more about the challenge of the restraint, but a crew at Fantastic Fest decided to have some fun with it, and the result is a short film experiment that works far better than the ABCs of Death toss-up.

This particular monster was cobbled together over five days by Oren Carmi (Goldberg & Eisenberg), Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes), James Ward Byrkit (Coherence), Matthew Johnson (The Dirties) and Eugenio Mira (Agnosia, Grand Piano) and features two actors who are put through the ringer in true No Hay Banda fashion.

Although the central location of an empty Alamo Drafthouse movie theater seems to have restrained the restraint (some common themes and ideas persevere despite the presumed ignorance of the filmmakers), it’s a fun curiosity with syrupy sarcasm and a doctor’s dose of stagey violence.

What Will It Cost? About 9 minutes

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Hat tip to Twitch Film.

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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