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As shocking as what appears on screen in A Serbian Film is, it pales in comparison to the real horror that inspired this controversial but important film.

It’s no secret that Stephen Biro over at Unearthed Films acquired the distribution rights to Srdjan Spasojevic’s notorious A Serbian Film, and he is currently working on the supplemental material and accompanying documentary for the new uncut 4K Blu ray edition to be released in North America. But what was being kept a secret, and for some time too, was a very auspicious occasion for fans of extreme horror — an event that would grant attendees unprecedented access into one of the most debated movies within the genre.

If you have not yet dove into Spasojevic’s pool of provocative cinema, I’ll give you a brief rundown free of spoilers. And for those who have witnessed A Serbian Film, please bare with me a moment while I attempt to catch the others up to speed.

But first, I will say this…this movie is not for everyone. It has the tendency to elicit unexpected and intense responses. The movie has shocked, entertained, disgusted and downright confounded folks. I honestly believe every single person walks away from this film with a wonderfully unique experience, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’. The ways Spasojevic and co writer Aleksandar Radivojevic decided to convey their thoughts and feelings may not be widely accepted or even understood, but you cannot deny the power of their creative decisions.

THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS

A Serbian Film tells the tale of Milos, a man who adores his young son Stefan (Luka Mijatovic) and beautiful wife Marija (Jelena Gavrilovic), and has the pleasure of these feelings being reciprocated. Milos used to be a very successful porn star who might have videos on websites similar to Tubev, making him legendary, but he made the choice to retire and attempt good ol’ family life. Unfortunately for him, bills begin to pile up, and his ability to provide is challenged.

Supported by his loving wife to do “one last job”, Milos connects with a seductive former colleague to discuss the potential, profitable return of his penis to the screen. The husband and father is intrigued with what is said during their meeting, as he secretly longs to be back in the lascivious limelight. Milos returns home to talk things over with his better half, and they decide he should go ahead and meet Vukmir (Sergej Trifunovic), the Director of this new ‘art film’.

Milos is soon picked up at his house by an unfriendly and unscrupulous associate of Vukmir named Rasa (Miodrag Krcmarik) and driven to an impressive estate, where the filmmaker is awaiting him. Vukmir is pleased to meet Milos, stroking his ego before he begins laying out his pitch to the desperate actor. Milos remains calm and attentive as Vukmir passionately yet vaguely explains what his picture is about — and what it will contain.

This does raise a concern with Milos. And when he questions the Director, he is met with a bit of sarcasm and is internally reminded of his desire to return to the industry. This longing, coupled with Vukmir’s persuasiveness and the money attached to the project, help make the decision easy for Milos to make.

As the filming commences with some alarm bells ringing in his poor head, Milos elects to have his police officer brother Marko (Slobodan Bestic) look into Vukmir. What’s so disconcerting is how fucking creepy and jealous his brother is and how oblivious Milos is to all of this. With the background check coming back satisfactory, the actor continues on with the ‘artful cinema’.

And this is where A Serbian Film picks up the pace and unapologetically continues to do so. The pounding score echoes the chaotic action that unfolds upon the screen — and helps share the ridiculous sense of dread focused on Milos and his family.

A BEAUTIFUL DISASTER

I feel if I were to continue in the description of events within the film, I would be doing those that have yet to see it, and the film itself, a disservice. There’s nothing quite like that first experience with Spasojevic’s movie, and I often enjoy being that asshole who introduces the unassuming to the unforgettable.

A Serbian Film is violent, bloody, and exquisitely shot. It pushes boundaries in every single fucking sense, and this new transfer to 4K is absolutely brilliant — with an intense improvement upon the sound and picture quality that you must see for yourself. It immediately grabs you by the throat, never loosening it’s Superhuman-like choke hold it has upon its audience. The film leaves your jaw agape through the majority of its run time, presenting itself in absolutely relentless fashion. Those that have completed this cinematic journey are left shook, and rightfully so.

The creators have said in the past the aim was to make a film that mirrored their view on life, not only in their region, but around the globe. The movie is perhaps becoming more and more a viable piece of moving social commentary with the recent state of affairs pretty much fucking everywhere. It’s scary out there, and good intentio