Award-winning Swedish director Kristian A. Söderström Videoman was one of the highlights of Arrow Video FrightFest in 2018. Next month part Phase Two of FrightFest Presents the film will be released by Signature Entertainment and today we get a look at the film’s official Trailer.
Described as Dario Argento meets Mike Leigh in a homage to genre cinema, from the golden age VHS films, video collecting to giallo. Social realism and Giallo are not two things you’ll usually hear or see mentioned in the same sentence. Söderström looks to have nicely merged those genres to deliver something thats gory, stylish which on paper shouldn’t work. Going by the reaction from FrightFest he’s delivered and very impressive for a debut feature.
Stefan Sauk stars as our heavy drinking giallo obsessed VHS collector who finds a highly collectable video tape that could solve his money problems.When he finds the tape has been stolen he starts to lose his grip on reality closer to the thief? Mutual respect or redemption?
With so the recent eruption of Netflix, TV shows and films harking back to 1980’s (&90s) Videoman looks an exciting addition. Especially if your a big genre fan.
Ennio, a giallo-obsessed VHS collector with a drinking problem, finds a highly collectable video tape that could solve his money problems and save him from eviction. He makes a deal with a shady, anonymous collector before realising the video has been stolen.
So begins Ennio’s desperate hunt for the black-gloved perpetrator while, along the way, he meets Simone, an alcoholic woman obsessed with the 80s. As Ennio searches for the tape and begins to lose a grip on reality, his and Simone’s mutual love of nostalgia draws them together. Can they find redemption in each other?
FrightFest Presents Videoman releases on DVD & Digital HD 18th February.