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It Came From Kuchar


None June 19th, 2010

Never heard of filmmakers George and Mike Kuchar? Don't feel bad. Even a cinema junkie like me who devours obscure movies hasn't, either. According to the documentary "It Came From Kuchar," the brothers enjoy a sort of anonymity, but have influenced countless would-be directors.

For decades, they've been a key part of the New York underground film movement, churning out 8mm and 16mm titles like "Thundercrack!," "Hold Me While I'm Naked" and "The Devil's Cleavage," all firmly rooted in B-movie genres, yet wildly experimental, often shunning cohesive narratives as they aim for on-the-fly creativity. The budgets practically could be paid for with whatever spare change you have in your pocket.

They've made so many movies that even they don't know the exact number. Viewers get plenty of crazy clips from a slew of them, with such scenes as a man married to a gorilla; a guy taking a toilet plunger to the face; robots engaging in sex, "Barbarella"-style; and a woman slipping on vomit to her death.

Ed Wood-terrible, they're not. To the average moviegoer, they're not "good," either, but directors like John Waters, Wayne Wang and Buck Henry gush over the Kuchars' work in on-camera interviews. We see them at work with students on their latest opus, "The Fury of Frau Frankenstein." Oklahomans will enjoy seeing snippets from the abstract, weather-centered "Wild Night in El Reno," shot in that very city, where one of the brothers often vacations (with a puppet, it should be noted).

Jennifer M. Kroot's feature-length doc is recommended to cult-film enthusiasts, outr
 
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