The movie Subconscious Cruelty (2000) is an experimental Canadian horror film directed by Karim Hussain. It consists of four surreal segments exploring the darker aspects of humanity.
In the first segment, a naked man wanders the streets mutilating himself before being struck and killed by a car. The second follows an eccentric couple who murder a family member and engage in incest and necrophilia.
The third segment depicts a deranged priest who drugs and crucifies a woman in a ritualistic obsession with Jesus Christ’s suffering. The final segment shows a couple convinced their aborted fetus lives on as a deformed creature in their basement who they proceed to nurture and feed.
Connecting the perverse episodes is a recurring inhuman figure only referred to as The Head who observes and encourages the cruelty. The controversial movie Subconscious Cruelty (2000) aims to be a unique take on body horror, religious horror, and horror anthologies.
- Maggie Castle as Woman in Segment 3
- Brent Neale as Man in Segment 1
- Mylene Bergeron as Woman in Segment 2
- Nicolas Margand as Priest in Segment 3
- Karim Hussain as The Head
- Banned in many countries due to extreme content
- Director Karim Hussain often collaborates with transgressive artists
- Much of the soundtrack consists of industrial music
- Very limited theatrical release due to subject matter
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