The writings of Bill Mousoulis
M for Murder
(1988, 7 mins, Super 8, color, sound on film)
sequence of events culminating in the killing of a young man in his bathroom. Beginning with the preparation of the murder weapon
through to his gruesome fate.
A spellbinding, intense and
palpably scary film - without a question the Super 8 film of the year. This film not only inverts the student homage-to-splatter genre, but
transcends it. The inversion is
manifested in several ways: the denial of the murder as an unexpected act; the telephone sub-plot which is a red
herring; even the way the murder is an
exact reproduction of the famous cinema it refers to (a homage would have
hammed it up somewhat).
M for Murder also transcends its genre by virtue of its exquisite style. Is the reference to Bresson the photographer a veiled reference to Bresson the filmmaker? This film has Bresson's quiet insistence and sharp mystery to it - it gives me an idea of the brutality which must be in Bresson's (virtually) unseen L'Argent.
© Bill Mousoulis 1988
This review first appeared in Super Eight, No.27, July 1988.