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February 3, 2012

Flicks: The Gerber Syndrome (2011)


In post-Apocalyptic Italy, everyone can hear you scream!

Italian horror films occupy a special place in yer ol' pal The Sleaze-A-Saurus's ventricle gland. Good Italian horror films are very hu-mon responses to cruelty and inhumane mania that have been prominently featured in the films of Dario Argento (Suspira, Deep Red), Antonio Margheriti (aka Tony Flowers, Anthony Bloom - Cannibal Apocalypse, Flesh for Frankenstein) and Lucio Fulci (Zombie franchise, The New York Ripper).

Today newcomer Maxi Dejoie, who wrote and directed The Gerber Syndrome, encapsulates this cultural mania in a disease called Gerber's Syndrome, a type of fast-spreading and incurable illness that makes it's victims develop a kind of homicidal rabies.

Shot in the updated cinema-verite (raw theater) in faux documentary form the movie follows the Syndrome as it spreads like wild fire into an Italian city where the main characters are forced to confront this new plague.

References:
IMDB, The Gerber Syndrome (2011)
Quiet Earth, Sci-Fi London Review
List Mania, Italian Horror Film Directors


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