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on: June 21, 2020, 07:24:31 AM
PseudoPod 708: Tenderizer

Author: Stephen Graham Jones
Narrator: Eric Luke
Host: Alasdair Stuart
Audio Producer: Marty Perrett

“Tenderizer” was first published in the movie themed anthology The Cutting Room where it shared a Table of Contents with “Final Girl Theory” by A.C. Wise.



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Brutal Is the Night: A Review

Remember The Blair Witch Project’s marketing campaign? It was an update of sorts on 1971s The Last House on the Left, except where Wes Craven would have us keep reminding ourselves that it’s just a movie, it’s just a movie, Blair Witch kept whispering that this was actual found footage. Its the same dynamic, though; it was tapping the same sensationalistic vein.

Writer/director Sean Mickles  knows this vein very well. And, for Tenderizer, he let it bleed.

As you probably recall, the first trailer was released as a “rough cut,” with the media outlets quoting Mickles’s grumbled objection that Tenderizer wasn’t ready, that production difficulties were built into a project like this, weren’t they?

Speculation was that he just wasn’t ready to let it go, of course.

It wouldn’t be the first time.




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Reply #1 on: June 21, 2020, 12:31:49 PM
I enjoyed the narration.
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. Ah well...  :-X

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Reply #2 on: June 21, 2020, 03:22:37 PM
Scuba, I had a similar reaction.  Plus having read (and written and edited) film reviews and criticism, I kept thinking that this piece, 
with its speculation about the source of the footage (when it finally got around to discussing the film itself), would never have been published in a credible publication.   Plus I can’t buy, without more context, that survivors and “dignitaries” would have put their imprimatur on a film like the one described by coming to a showing, especially given the description of the filmmaker’s previous films. 

The story might have worked better, IMHO, if it had been framed as a piece looking back at an infamous film from a few decades previously.  That way the detailed descriptions of the trailers, and the personal details about the filmmaker, would have made more sense:  readers wouldn’t be expected to already know about those details.



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Reply #3 on: June 23, 2020, 03:11:55 AM
I liked it.



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Reply #4 on: July 01, 2020, 12:49:05 AM
Scuba, I had a similar reaction.  Plus having read (and written and edited) film reviews and criticism, I kept thinking that this piece, 
with its speculation about the source of the footage (when it finally got around to discussing the film itself), would never have been published in a credible publication.   Plus I can’t buy, without more context, that survivors and “dignitaries” would have put their imprimatur on a film like the one described by coming to a showing, especially given the description of the filmmaker’s previous films. 

The story might have worked better, IMHO, if it had been framed as a piece looking back at an infamous film from a few decades previously.  That way the detailed descriptions of the trailers, and the personal details about the filmmaker, would have made more sense:  readers wouldn’t be expected to already know about those details.
Honestly I forgot it was supposed to be a review about ten minutes in. Sort of like how Parks and Recreation begins ostensibly as a documentary ala The Office, but by season 2 there's no attempt to really sell that premise/conceit.

I do wonder if this "review" is more like a draft that the writer never actually gets around to submitting/deletes as soon as they're done with it. I also wonder if the writer of the review is actually the director himself, and that this "review" is another progression in his telescoping assessment of the tragedy he wrought much as the film was.



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Reply #5 on: July 07, 2020, 07:48:43 PM
I liked it.
I’ve been shlepping branches & cutting up paper birch and dying and diseased ash trees on our woodlot. A second listen softened my opinion of the tale. The narration was excellent and pulled me in. The plot? Ah well. I think I know what’s going on. :o

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