Icarus Films announced this past week that they will be teaming with The KimStim Collection for two new DVD releases during the month of November. The first of these arrives on Nov. 7 and it is writer/director Azik’s (aka: Achim Bornhak) The Nightmare, a German-language high-energy horror import.
Tina (Carolyn Genzkow), an angular 17-year old Berlin teen, is looking forward to her upcoming birthday party, when she will be 18 and an adult. And therein lies her nightmare.
She likes to party … the lights, the pounding music, the drugs, the alcohol, the scene. And not much thought is given to anything but the moment; the now. Although it is Berlin, the shallowness of her existence (think: social media) could easily translate stateside.
It is at one of these parties that she gets in a little too deep — too much of this, too much of that — and is nearly killed by a speeding car. Back safely at home, strange things begin to happen, which culminate in the kitchen being turned into a garbage pile as the contents of the fridge have been emptied onto the floor. Tina blames this on a “creature” that only she can see!
Naturally the parents put two and two together. Our little girl has been hitting one too many late night parties, has probably been doing things — if we took the time to care — we would disapprove of, and she has just had a dreadful experience. That all adds up to … therapy! She just needs a little counseling to make her little monster go away!
A well-meaning psychiatrist suggests that she embrace (face) her “monster” and that it is only natural at her age to have anxieties about leaving childhood behind and becoming an adult. That certainly makes sense, so she makes friends with the creature (a marvelous design by Azik), which only she can see and communicate with.
Filmmaker Azik leaves it open to interpretation as to what is real in Tina’s world and what might be drug-induced, alcohol-induced or death-induced hallucinations. She could also be heading for an extended period in a nut-house (that’s a horror story all onto itself) as her parents plant that thought in her mind with a little tough-love therapy of their own.
The Nightmare is just creepy enough to give you chills, the music, pounding music that is, puts you on edge and the presence of the creature — real or not — demands that you move into Tina’s world in an effort to make sense of it all.
The Nightmare is presented in German with English subtitles.
The following week, Nov. 14, Icarus Films and The KimStim Collection team for the DVD debut of documentary filmmaker Reiner Holzemer’s Dries.
For those who follow the world of high fashion, the title is a dead giveaway that the subject will be the life and career of iconic fashion designer Dries Van Noten.
The viewer gets a full year of Dries, a usually private, even reclusive individual There are four seasons (aka: collections) featured … if for no other reason, just seeing the process unfold, even if you are not into high fashion, makes Holzemer’s Dries absolutely fascinating. As a bonus, the viewer also gets a peek into his private life and his marvelous home.
Dries is presented in English and Flemish, with English subtitles.