Nutsack Part 1: Lucifer’s Cosmonauts (2016)

By: Blaine McLaren

James Bell is as avant-garde as it comes.  He is a one man show who has been steadily making movies for the last few years.  2015’s Tantrum made my top 15 list and I was excited to see how he would follow up such a perfect film.  Luckily for me, the king of low-fi did not disappoint.  Nutsack is as bizarre as I had hoped for and Mr. Bell has continued his reign as a master of DIY filmmaking.

The story starts with a man waking up from a strange nightmare of murder and then continuing his bleak, aimless existence.  He spends his day wandering, trying to find a job.  While in the city he finds that the world has gone to shit and people are dying everywhere he goes.  In the aftermath of these deaths he finds pages to a strange and satanic book that may hold the secrets he needs.

As straight forward as the synopsis may sound, it is far from simple.  James Bell continues to make obtuse and difficult films that blur the line between art-house and good old fashioned nastiness.  The camerawork in this film may be his best by far and the acting is on par with his earlier works.  I understand that some viewers may be turned off by the aggressive nihilism on display, but I urge people to embrace this kind of filmmaking.  After only 4 films into James Bell’s career, I can honestly say that he is one of the most unique and exciting directors around.  I don’t mean in the world of horror or low budget, I mean in film (period).    Nutsack Part 1: Lucifer’s Cosmonauts is currently available on DVD and can be purchased at https://www.storenvy.com/stores/538368-very-fine-crap-videos

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