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Faust, Love of the Damned

A high-octane, low-taste foray into a fevered underworld of satanic cults and severed heads, complete with all the digital trappings, "Faust, Love of the Damned" is a comicstrip story transferred to the bigscreen. Flagship project of Fantastic Factory, set up by Yank director Brian Yuzna and Spanish producer Julio Fernandez to make and distribute a series of horror pics, item is entertaining in a voyeuristic way but also as corny, crude and excessive as they come. First weekend B.O. in Spain early February was strong, and Lions Gate Films has already signed on to handle Fantastic Factory's first four titles in the U.S.

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With: Mark Frost, Isabel Brook, Jeffrey Combs, Monica Van Campen, Junix Inocian, Andrew Divoff. (English dialogue)

A high-octane, low-taste foray into a fevered underworld of satanic cults and severed heads, complete with all the digital trappings, “Faust, Love of the Damned” is a comicstrip story transferred to the bigscreen. Flagship project of Fantastic Factory, set up by Yank director Brian Yuzna and Spanish producer Julio Fernandez to make and distribute a series of horror pics, item is entertaining in a voyeuristic way but also as corny, crude and excessive as they come. First weekend B.O. in Spain early February was strong, and Lions Gate Films has already signed on to handle Fantastic Factory’s first four titles in the U.S.

Delirious storyline has painter John Jaspers (Mark Frost), who’s about to commit suicide, visited by M (Andrew Divoff) — as in Mephistopheles — and his nymphomaniacal sidekick, Claire (Monica Van Campen). Along with Dr. Yuri Yanamoto (Junix Inocian), they are part of a satanic organization called The Hand.

Jaspers sells his soul to M and is soon slaughtering all the members of a meeting at a foreign embassy, in revenge for his illegal immigrant g.f. being beaten to death by embassy-hired heavies. Now addicted to murder, Jaspers presents M with the heavies’ hearts on sticks — and eats them.

After Jaspers’ arrest, beautiful psychiatrist Jade de Camp (Isabel Brook) is sent into his cell, Clarice Starlinglike, to sort out the now-catatonic murderer. Meanwhile, a handsome cop, Margolies (Jeffrey Combs), is also put on the case.

Soon, Jaspers has sprouted wings and horns and gained the ability to fly as he battles M, who’s majorly pissed at him for having sex with Claire.

Pic is an AV battering ram, with lurid colors and thrash metal music vying to see which is louder. Free-for-all script is a willfully messy potpourri of different styles and genres, with writer David Quinn — on whose own comicbooks this is based — using any style at hand. Tech credits are superb, and perfs are energetic, with the genuinely demonic Divoff standing out.

Faust, Love of the Damned

Spain

Production: A Lions Gate Films (in U.S.)/Filmax (in Spain) release of a Castelao Prods. production for Fantastic Factory, in association with Via Digital, TVC. (International sales: Filmax, Barcelona.) Produced by Julio Fernandez, Brian Yuzna. Executive producer, Carlos Fernandez. Directed by Brian Yuzna. Screenplay, David Quinn, based on his comicbooks.

Crew: Camera (color), Jacques Haitkin; editor, Luis de la Madrid; music, Xavier Capellas; art director, Isidre Prunes; sound (Dolby Digital), Dani Fontrodona, Salvador Mayolas; special effects, Screaming Mad George, Poli Cantero. Reviewed at Cine Bristol, Madrid, Jan. 30, 2001. Running time: 98 MIN.

With: With: Mark Frost, Isabel Brook, Jeffrey Combs, Monica Van Campen, Junix Inocian, Andrew Divoff. (English dialogue)

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