Michael Rogers in BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW, a Magnet Release. Photo courtesy of Magnet Releasing.
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Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010/2012)
Opened: 05/18/2012 Limited
|Cinema Village...||05/18/2012 - 06/07/2012||21 days|
Trailer: Click for trailer
Genre: Canadian Sci-Fi
Rated: R for for some bloody violence, disturbing images, a graphic sexual illustration, language and drug content.
Set in the strange and oppressive emotional landscape of the year 1983, BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW is a Reagan-era fever dream inspired by hazy childhood memories of midnight movies and Saturday morning cartoons. From the producer of Machotaildrop, RAINBOW is the outlandish feature film debut of writer and director Panos Cosmatos. Featuring a hypnotic analog synthesizer score by Jeremy Schmidt of "Sinoia Caves" and "Black Mountain," RAINBOW is a film experience for the senses.
I wasn't allowed to watch R-rated films when I was a kid, but when we'd go to the video store on the corner, a mom and pop shop called Video Attic, I'd obsessively look at all the horror movie video tapes. I was mesmerized by the lurid box covers and the vivid descriptions on the back. So I'd imagine, in great detail, my own versions of these movies without having ever seen them. That was one of the key inspirations for the film. The idea of making one of those imagined movies.
The mood of the film is my memory of how the late 70's and early 80's felt to me. Both the reality and the fantasy world of the pop culture I would immerse myself in. I think in making it I was trying to grasp something intangible. It's a nostalgic movie, but it's a poisoned nostalgia.
-- Panos Cosmatos