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Wondering How to Get Through Summer without 'Hannibal'? Meet 'Borgman,' Dr. Lecter's Slightly Less Sophisticated Cousin

By Cindy Davis | Trailers | June 3, 2014 |

By Cindy Davis | Trailers | June 3, 2014 |

I’ve been reading little drips and drabs about Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman for quite a while now. The creepy thriller was a 2013 Palme d’Or nominee, as well as the Dutch submission to the Academy Awards, but you know how these things go…for no sensible reason, it takes more than a year for foreign films to make their way here. All along, Borgman’s buzz has been building, and this Little-Horror-Film-That-Could will finally be knocking at our front door over the next couple weeks. While comparisons to Ben Wheatley and Michael Haneke have been made, van Warmerdam’s snippets are giving me a rather Hannibalesque (Bryan Fuller’s) vibe — especially in the second clip — though Camiel Borgman seems to be his own strange kind of monster. Check out these super-creepy teasers:

I have to link you to the first clip, because the player code shows up totally wonky here and I’m tired of fighting it.

Clip 2:

Um, did you just see what I saw? That’s some seriously (even for Hannibal) effed up level of madness there.

And finally, here’s the whackadoodie trailer in its entirety. I almost feel like this gives a little too much information, so if the film looks up your alley, maybe don’t watch it?

Borgman stars Jan Bijvoet, Hadewych Minis, and the director himself; it hits NYC this Friday, and expands to limited theaters June 16th and 20th.

Cindy Davis, (Twitter) is wary of pretty much any stranger at her door, never mind one who wants to take a bath.