Obsessions: Street Date Change

Street Date Delay – Change Notice For Cult Epics May 2017 New Release

Obsessions
Blu-ray + DVD Combo (Two discs)
Label: Cult Epics

Original Prebook: 04/11/2017 OLD Street: 05/09/2017

NEW STREET DATE: 05/30/2017

SRP: $34.95 UPC: 881190015193 Cat: CE151
Fullscreen 1.33:1 Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo In English
Production year: 1969 Thriller Not Rated 91 Minutes All Regions
Director: Pim de la Parra
Cast: Alexandra Stewart, Dieter Geissler, Vibeke Lokkebert, Fons Rademakers

The obscure film OBSESSIONS (aka A HOLE IN THE WALL) was directed by Dutch artsploitation auteur Pim de la Parra and co-produced by longtime collaborator Wim Verstappen (BLUE MOVIE). This gritty, psychedelic Hitchcockian mystery, which is notable for being the first Dutch film shot in English-language, starts in a savagely brutal fashion. When a bloody painting of Vincent van Gogh falls from a wall and exposes a makeshift peephole, student protagonist Nils Janssen (played by the film’s German co-producer Dieter Geissler) becomes an unwitting witness to a gruesome sex crime next door. When his young fiance Marina (Alexandra Stewart of Truffaut’s DAY FOR NIGHT), an enterprising journalist, tells him about a report of a murder that she is writing, he naturally wonders if it’s the very same killing.

This classic exploitation film was the birth of auteur cinema in Holland and inspired legendary filmmakers such as Paul Verhoeven to make their start in the industry. Originally distributed in over 100 countries, the film remained unreleased in the U. S. (and France) – until now. Perhaps most notably, the film was co-written by a young Martin Scorsese, who shot the legendary erotic dream sequence for his first feature WHO’S THAT KNOCKING AT MY DOOR (1968) in Amsterdam, that same year. Additionally, the film also stars legendary Dutch filmmaker Fons Rademakers (MIRA, THE ASSAULT), is edited by Henry Rust (CHILDREN OF PARADISE) and scored by Hitchcock composer Bernard Herrmann (TAXI DRIVER, SISTERS). OBSESSIONS is a curious cultural hybrid where late-1960s Dutch exploitation and classic Hollywood Hitchcock collide in a provocative and revolutionary fashion. Hitchcock, Scorsese & Sex. Made in Holland.

Special Features:

  • New HD Transfer (from original 35mm film)
  • Introduction by director Pim de La Parra (HD, 2017)
  • Introduction by actor/producer Dieter Geissler (HD, 2016)
  • Interview with Pim de La Parra (HD, 2017)
  • Interview with Dieter Geissler (HD, 2016)
  • Interview with Martin Scorsese (Volkskrant, 2017)
  • Scorpio Films (Excerpt from Parradox documentary, HD 2010)
  • Original Dutch Theatrical Trailer (HD)
  • Script notes by Martin Scorsese
  • Obsessions photo video gallery

Review Quote:

More Grindhouse, than Arthouse.
-Peter Nellhaus

Trailer link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86QLAECJIiA

Trailer provided for story purposes only and may not represent the actual film quality.

Author: Steven Paul

Born and raised in Michigan, slowly dying in Florida. I'm here to keep you informed about everything in the world of indie horror. I also specialize in all genres of exploitation, cult, and extreme cinema. As part owner and Editor of Film and Television for Beneath the Underground, it is my responsibility to provide vast amounts of information for the horror fan and an outlet for the filmmaker.

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