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Machines of Love and Hate

"Jean-Charles (David Runco) emerges out of the surf looking for all the world like some sort of messianic figure (note the character’s initials!) only to be hit by a fast moving car by a girl named Erika (Tina Krause) who takes him home with her. As he awakens and finds himself in the home of the strange Marks family, he gets to know them a little better, especially the elder of the family, Alexander (Roland Johnson), a cantankerous old man strapped to a wheelchair. His wife, Cynthia (Eileen Daly) is just as odd, and quite the melodramatic attention whale in her own right."

"There is one sequence in writer/director Joseph Parda’s “Machines of Love and Hate” that achieves an eerie brilliance as good as anything I’ve witnessed in the last 30 years of low budget exploitation. It’s a giddy Lynchian dream sequence that marries camp and horror in perfect symbiotic pastiche. Hallucinogenic laughter, gleeful knife sharpening and a wheelchair bound scene-chewer figure into the intoxicating mix. It’s a very brief moment that almost makes the rest of this exercise in tedious surrealism palatable. Almost. The filmmakers must have felt this as well as it’s repeated three times, diluting any momentum it might have created. “Machines” is another in a long line of competent “film school” meditations that are too naïve to be called pretentious - but too inspired to be dismissed altogether. In other words, it’s a movie geek’s David Lynch homage without his assured vision."

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  • Sep 11, 2006
  • English

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