Written By: SP
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Srđan Spasojević, Serbia, Yugoslavia
Producers: Srđan Spasojević, Dragoljub Vojnov
Screenplay writers: Aleksandar Radivojević, Srđan Spasojević
Date Released: June 11, 2010
Srđan Todorović as Miloš
Sergej Trifunović as Vukmir
Jelena Gavrilović as Marija
Slobodan Beštić as Marko
Katarina Žutić as Lejla
Anđela Nenadović as Jeca
Rating = 2/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
A Serbian Film (2010) follows the story of Milos, an ex-pornstar who is struggling to support his wife and six-year old son, Petar. During his prime, Milos was well-known for his skills on set which included his impeccable stamina and his ability to maintain an erection long after ejaculation. For this reason, Milos is seen as the ideal candidate for a new wave of “artistic” pornography. A man named Vulkmir offers him a starring role in an ambiguous film. Vulkmir does not disclose much information about the subject matter of the film, however, he offers Milos an enticing amount of money that Milos simply cannot refuse. After signing a contract and agreeing to the ambiguous terms and conditions, Milos finds himself unable to escape from a spiraling downfall of pain, misery and debauchery. He is drugged and forced to partake in horribly traumatizing and unspeakable sexual acts.
A Serbian Film (2010) is probably one of the most notorious films in the horror community due to its over-the-top and shockingly disturbing gore scenes. It is known for mixing sex with torture and death. Its shock value stems primarily from the taboo subject matters that it deals with. Some of these taboo themes include rape, pedophilia, incest and necrophilia. It is for this reason that A Serbian film has been banned in several countries and is often considered the most disturbing horror flicks out there. Although the gore and special effects are extremely well done, the entwining of sex and death is what truly makes this film stand out.
Some infamous scenes include a drugged-up Milos violently penetrating a woman from behind as he begins to slap her. Soon after, the slaps turn into punches and finally, when Milos is handed a machete, he hacks off the woman’s head while continuing to have sex with her headless corpse.
Another scene that stands out is the infamous “newborn porn.” And yes, this is exactly what it sounds like. Immediately after a baby is expelled from an unknown woman’s vagina, the newborn is taken from her and raped by a large, brutish looking man. Thankfully, this scene is not as graphic as some of the other gore scenes. It is shot with shady camera work and lighting that is meant to imitate a snuff film. It is much rather the implication of what is being done rather than the actual gore that renders this scene so disturbing.
Finally, as the film comes to an end, Milos is made to blindly have sex with two lifeless bodies whose identities are hidden beneath a sheet. He begins to have sex with the unknown bodies, swapping from one to the other when he discovers that the bodies are none other than his wife and 6-year-old son, Petar. The helpless victims wake up and realize what is happening. Milos, in a fit of rage, goes on a rampage killing everyone he can get his hands on. He finishes off one of the crew members by ramming his rock-hard, erect penis into the man’s empty eye-socket.
The Grave Review
A Serbian Film (2010) is undoubtedly a very well-made and entertaining film with great acting and realistic special effects. It is quite unique in its taboo themes, themes that not many filmmakers would dare to explore. However, the hype of this film being “the most disturbing horror film” is a bit of an exaggeration. The use of gore and sex as the primary shock factor is slightly overused and, at times, feels a little bit redundant.
It is somewhat hard to rate this film because of its uniqueness. It is not the average movie that you can pick out to watch on a family movie night. It deals with some very upsetting themes that may trigger certain people. If you are sensitive to rape, pedophilia, incest or necrophilia, this may not be the movie for you. However, if you think that you can get through this one with no problem, then it is highly recommended. There’s no doubt that you won’t have a fun time with this one!
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives A Serbian Film (2010) two graves out of five grave reviews.
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