Mary-Louise Parker took a bath on camera. You can't
really see what she has beneath the water, but her breasts are above the
water, and you can see them from two different angles.
and captures (below) are in high definition
The Killing Gene
(aka W Delta Z, 2007)
This may be the darkest movie I've ever seen. I'm aware that the word "dark"
is ambiguous in that context, but it doesn't matter which definition you
assume. In terms of visibility, this film is so dark David Fincher would
have been advising them to add some lightbulbs. In thematic terms, this film
is so dark it makes Fincher's SE7EN look like a remake of The Sound of
Music. I've seen other films referred to as Fincher Light. This one is
Fincher Dark. It combines torture porn, a serial murderer, brutal rape, and
scientific theories about human behavior and evolutionary biology.
That's right. Because she is tortured by a past experience, the killer is
really into the hypothesis that species perpetuate themselves because
selflessness is non-existent in nature. She is interested in studying
further whether humans can rise above the animal level to sacrifice their
own lives to save the one they love most. The killer manages to combine her
love of science with revenge against the people who gang-raped her some
years ago. Here's how she goes about it: with each of her victims, she
tranquilizes and captures both the criminals and the people they love most:
one guy and his pregnant girlfriend, one guy and his beloved granny, one
woman and her five-year-old boy. She attaches the loved one to an electric
chair and gives the criminal the switch. Then she tortures the criminal to
death slowly - unless they flip the switch, in which case they are free to
go. The final pair consists of the cop who deliberately bungled the rape
investigation and his male lover, who happens to be one of the rapists. The
cop is also the lead detective in the investigation of the serial killings.
The dramatic tension, if you want to call it that, comes in the last ten
minutes of the film as the serial killer tortures the daylights out of the
cop, while the cop's lover sits in the electric chair, wondering how long it
will be before he gets the buzzer. Will the cop prove to
be any more selfless than the lowlifes who all killed their loved ones?
You'll just have to watch the film to find out.
It is a totally unpleasant and brutal film but, or maybe I should say
"because of that" instead of "but," is a highly effective film in its way.
The editing is taut, and it is supported by an evocative and appropriately
unpleasant score. Even the dim lighting is apropos in the context. Stellan
Skarsgard really committed to the part of the cop, offering ten minutes of
nudity (including his penis), and developing a complex noir character with
all kinds of dark issues. The film accomplishes everything it sets out to
do, and does so very well.
I just can't imagine why anyone would want to do it.
If you downloaded the clips from this the other day, don't bother with mine.
Same quality, same scenes.
Male nudity: extensive. Stellan Skarsgard did full frontal nudity in an
extended scene of naked torture. Michael Liebmann is also naked (also with a
penis involved) as a corpse.
Female nudity: almost none.
Lauren Hood played a naked
corpse. Selma Blair may have flashed some side-boob, but she really has
no chest of any consequence, so
there's nothin' to see of
Selma except a brutal rape which has been edited to hide the nudity.