Sunday, April 9, 2017

Spotlight: Bad Biology (2008)

Bad Biology is one of the most twisted, depraved, and grotesquely brilliant films I’ve ever seen. It is also one of two films that left me wondering What the hell did I just watch...? by the time the credits rolled (the first being Peter Jackson’s completely off-the-wall Bad Taste).

Bad Biology is cult maestro Frank Henenlotter’s fluid-drenched return to the art of filmmaking after well over a decade. By the time he’d completed 1991’s Basket Case 3, it was clear the business had taken a drastic turn. Midnight movies were now a thing of the past and he could no longer produce the kinds of scripts he wanted. So, he made a quiet departure after a handful of screenplays and treatments were rejected by industry executives.

It wasn’t until the mid ‘00s when rapper R.A. the Rugged Man successfully persuaded Frank to not only come back, but to collaborate on a project. Their first attempt, Sick in the Head, never quite got off the ground due to lack of financing and was ultimately turned into a short novel published by Comet Press. Bad Biology, shot on 35mm with a budget of just over $1 million, was a production rife with difficulty, including fire, damaged sets, unreliable crew members, and Frank’s prostate cancer diagnosis. Each morning, he’d report to set straight from chemotherapy and credits the project as one that, at the end of the day, saved his life. With the many, many headaches and complications attached to bringing one’s vision to the silver screen, Frank literally had no time to worry about his health. With so much riding on Bad Biology, there was no other option but to get the movie in the can.

And get it in the can he did.

Scroll down for 379 high-quality screencaps taken from Shriek Show’s beautifully polished Blu ray. You’re welcome, ya buncha deviants.

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