This bleak, basement-budget melodrama is part of a minor though burgeoning film movement that might best be described as new wave
noir. Borrowing their expressionist style from predecessors of the 40s and 50s and updating it with a hip nihilism, other noteworthy examples of this movement
include the 1990 releases THE HOT SPOT, THE GRIFTERS, WILD AT HEART, MIAMI BLUES and Carl Colpaert's DELUSION, co-written by HORSEPLAYER director Kurt Voss. These are films that seem to wallow in a modernist miasma of deceit, despair, disloyalty and, most of all, death; at their best, they bring a
dark, brittle humor to their desiccated visions of a world spun wildly out of ...