TV Carnage: A Sore for Sighted Eyes

Movie Information

Genre: No Such Genre Exists
Director: Undeterminable
Starring: Lots of famous and not so famous folks in film clips
Rated: NR

It’s rare that I’m at a loss for words, but this particular … whatever-it-is called TV Carnage: A Sore for Sighted Eyes leaves me more than a little perplexed. Oh, I know — broadly speaking — what it is: about 70 minutes of bizarre clips from movies and TV shows and adverts and PSAs and infomercials that have been stitched together to accent their weirdness. Fair enough. I can make a stab at the point to it all — to prove that the world is seriously unhinged, possibly terminally so. Beyond that, I can’t tell who made it or how.

I ventured to their Web site, found that Sore appears to be the fifth in a series of such concoctions. The links that might have explained anything told me I didn’t have permission to access them. This may be a dodge to prevent pursuing the makers of these curios, which have to be the very definition of copyright infringement. Or it may simply be a way to enhance the mysteriousness of the series. Who knows? I do not.

All I can say with certainty is that the assemblage is amusing, appalling and occasionally a little frightening when you pause to consider that it reflects the world we live in. I don’t know if it’s mesmerizingly awful or just mesmerizing or just awful. It is, however, different.

— reviewed by Ken Hanke

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress since December 2000. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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