Film Review: …IN FURS (2016)

Film Review: …IN FURS (2016)

Sep 27, 2018

IMDb: …In Furs (2016)
Director: Christopher Bouchie
Stars: Sarah Schoofs, Alan Rowe Kelly, Evan Makrogiannis

First time writer/director Christopher Bouchie, assisted by his mentor, Evan Makrogiannis (THE TURNPIKE KILLER, THE SUPER), brings us IN FURS, a surrealistic look at how perceptions of reality can diverge in dreams, to inform of the possibility of how other life paths we could take can affect us…and even warn us of the very real direction that fate can steer us into.

In a nutshell, Earl, (Vito Trigo), has a wonderful life with his girlfriend, Molly, (Rachel Rose Gilmour), who is a student and the ‘family’ breadwinner between the two of them. When Earl makes sure that Rachel gets out of bed and off to school on time, he drifts back to sleep and has a nightmare of intense proportions so real, that it seems like he’s actually living it – similar to the nightmares that plague us all at some point, that we can neither explain, nor do we want to examine too closely…for fear of discovering that maybe our “real lives” are the dream, and our nightmarish fancies the actual reality.

In this fevered perception of another life, Earl sees himself as a broken-down junkie, shacked up with a fellow addict, Lydia (Sarah Schoofs), and tied to his best friend/dealer, Victor, (Matt Desiderio), who upon finding out that he’s been selling a bad batch of junk, decides for some reason not to let Earl have anymore and that they should both get away from drugs once and for all.  When an altercation about Victor’s abrupt decision leads Earl to accidentally kill him, the dream spirals out of control and down into a whirlpool of insanity that widens and deepens into the unspeakable.

Naturally, film buffs will recognize that the title refers to Jess Franco’s hallucinogenic 1969 cinematic acid-trip similarly titled VENUS IN FURS, but Bouchie’s movie is less a direct homage to that film, than his own updated take on it. Fans of Makrogiannis and his outfit, All Hallows Eve Films, will definitely recognize the locales and scenery used from previous films that he himself has produced, as well as several actors who are part of his ongoing repertory – specifically Edgar Moye and Nik Taneris, who has an important dual role here.

In order not to give away the twist ending, or the shocker set-piece that really delivers the jaw-dropping scene that gore fans will definitely crave watching this, all I can say is that devotees of Makrogiannis’s earlier works will understand immediately what drew him to Bouchie’s project, and will find themselves equally engrossed by his new protege’s work.

More of a short than a full-length feature, the film is as brief as any waking nightmare you’ve had before.  Vito Trigo reminds me in looks and his sense of physicality, of no less than John Belushi in serious acting mode,  (which is creepily ironic, considering the subject matter), but his presence here as the lead is refreshingly non-Hollywood, and fits well within the context of a low-budget indie feature that is 100% home-grown. Which could be equally said for the rest of the cast.  Matt Desiderio is great in a role that reminded me no less of Griffin Dunne in AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON on a much smaller scale.

All I can say about the conclusion is that anyone who watches it will make their own assessment about what IN FURS’ true aim is, and I will leave it at that. Also, this is the kind of effort that is made specifically for fans and followers of micro-budgeted indies, so unless you are familiar with and are an aficionado of this particular milieu, you will probably want to skip this and go directly to the latest flavor superhero film put out by Really Big Studio Number Whatever.

IN FURS rates for me, a solid three out of five stars.

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