One of the strangest aspects to some horror movies is their ability to make light of ultra-violent crimes like rape and murder. Man Bites Dog will actually have you laughing out loud until you realize you’re in a kitchen watching three men rape a woman while she pleads for mercy.
The film plays out as three men filming a killer for a documentary with questionable levels of involvement in his crimes. Like I hinted to before, an initial comedic tone is set through multiple scenes of drinking and laughing. There’s several moments where that comedic veil is shattered and it’s in those scenes where the movie truly shines. The change is abrupt and unsettling. Sometimes I wonder why I willingly put myself through this emotional manipulation and psychological torture just for entertainment but then I remember it’s just because I’m a sick fuck.
Whatever way you choose to digest this movie I can guarantee you’ve never seen anything quite like it before.