Fantastic Fest 2019 Day Two: ‘Color Out of Space’ Redefines What an H.P Lovecraft Movie Can Be, ‘The Death of Dick Long’ is a Wild Story of Tender Idiocy, and ‘Reflections of Evil’ May be One of the Craziest Movies Ever Made

/Film | 9/21/2019 | Jacob Hall
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Welcome to Fantastic Fest 2019, day two. In this entry, Reflections of Evil is one of the most insane movies ever made, The Death of Dick Long is a surprisingly tender movie about idiots, and Color Out of Space is the wild H.P. Lovecraft movie we’ve been waiting for.

How do you even begin to describe Reflections of Evil, a movie that has no right to exist, let alone be newly restored by the American Genre Film Archive? Writer/director/star Damon Packard made this cinematic mental breakdown after inheriting $500,000 following the death of a relative and the resulting 137 minutes are better witnessed/endured than written about. This is outsider art at its most extreme and great trash at its most obnoxious and impenetrable. And yet (and that’s a big “and yet”), those who find themselves on the same wavelength as Packard’s stream-of-consciousness ode to chaos will find an oddity worth embracing.

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Made in 2002 (a bus shelter ad for Miss Congeniality has enough screen time to be worthy of a supporting player credit), Reflections of Evil follows Bob (Packard), an obese wreck of a man who spends his days selling watches on the streets of Los Angeles, gorging himself on junk food, and generally losing his **** at anyone and everything that has the misfortune of crossing his path. There’s no story here, no structure, and absolutely zero discipline behind the camera. And yet (yep, this movie is a whole lot of “and yet”), there is indeed a vision at work, something spectacular and unique and wholly original to Packard. There’s nothing like this movie in existence, for better and worse. It’s a singular scream of anger and rage that quickly bites off more than it can chew and then spends close to two and a half hours dribbling all over your...
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