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The publicist for BLACK STRAWBERRY calls it a "grunge giallo." From that, one assumes it is a psycho-sexual mystery set in our Pacific Northwest. Viewing the product, one tends to agree with the alliterative "new" genre being suggested, but the movie itself is more of a Godardian essay: seeming to draw from two different yet related suspense canons; a) Late '70s & Early '80s slasher films, and b) the Val Lewton 'soft horror' voodoo movies from the '40s (so beloved by Mr. Scorsese). Almost like a phantasmic "Choose Your Adventure," BLACK STRAWBERRY begins by offering the audience an unusual selection of perps in a spree of "hooker slayings." The menu of suspects gives the viewer reason to be curious...it includes Pimps, Demons, Ghosts, and even something as cryptic as "Lost Vibes." What follows is a swift ramble of scenes about characters touched by the murder
investigation, with many strong images and a clever soundtrack mixing synth with raw foley, and helped along by good amateur acting, the narrative collage is tense and becomes convincing. Successfully perhaps, BLACK STRAWBERRY blends the required body count of a bogeyman-plot with a spooky spirituality that, of course, the movie presents in highly sexualized terms. So if the idea of an artistic slasher film or a lyrical treatment of the grunge era appeals...then have a black strawberry.