The Strange World of George and Mike Kuchar, program two | Chicago Reader

The Strange World of George and Mike Kuchar, program two

The Kuchar brothers, each a prominent avant-garde filmmaker by the late 60s, began making films as teenagers in New York City, creating self-consciously amateurish Hollywood parodies with phony painted castles and crude animated lightning. The six 8-millimeter shorts on this program—which have been transferred to 16-millimeter and given melodramatic scores and hand-lettered silent movie titles—are distinguished by their quirkiness and hysterical campier-than-camp tone. The most interesting is the earliest and most strangely disjunctive, The Slasher (1958), with its cleavers and blood and woman in bed next to a body that turns out to be the slasher himself. Night of the Bomb (1962) has its moments, especially the inserted drawings of a mushroom cloud that interrupt a little orgy. 92 min.

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