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A premonition of a horror film, lurking danger: A house - at night, slightly tilted in the camera's view, eerily lit - surfaces from the pitch black, then sinks back into it again. A young woman begins to move slowly towards the building. She enters it. The film cuts crackle, the sound track grates, suppressed, smothered. Found footage from Hollywood forms the basis for the film. The figure who creeps through the images, who is thrown around by them and who attacks them is Barbara Hershey. Tscherkassky's dramatic frame by frame re-cycling, re-copying and new exposure of the material, folds the images and the rooms into each other. It removes the ground from under the viewer's feet and splits faces, like in a bad dream. From the off, from outer space, foreign bodies penetrate the images and cause the montage to become panic stricken. The outer edges of the film image, the empty perforations and the skeletons of the optical sound track rehearse an invasion. They puncture the anyway ... Written by Sixpack Film <office@sixpackfilm.com>

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A kaleidoscope film
29 March 2011 | by (São Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

"Outer Space" is a short film directed by Peter Tscherkassky and in it we sort of see a horror film about a woman played by Barbara Hershey (archive footage taken from one of her films) fighting a blurry celluloid. Or at least, that's my view of this film, she's trapped in a defectuous film reel present in the plot and that is basically the whole film.

The director impresses us with a unusual visual, a kaleidoscope of images and strange sounds where Hershey tries to do everything to get out. There are times when the images are so immersed in itself that creates a whole new cinematic experience, flashlights, the reel forms, noises and more noises, and for odd reasons it is a interesting thing. It doesn't make you bored but it also doesn't make you appalled; it's just a new thing and it's nice to watch it. It's unpretentious, but not that easy to follow or to feel really interested in it if you haven't seen different things in all types of films. In terms of horror it's not something to make you feel scared but it's made to get you confused, wondering what those hypnotic images are trying to say and trying to show.

Do you enjoy new cinematic forms, new experiences? Go for it, it's amazing and there's a great technical quality (and I'm not sounding ironic despite the affected film reel). 8/10


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