Science Crazed was actually shot on 16mm film, but since it shares so many shot-on-video (SOV) aesthetics and that its only surviving print existed on videotape, I think it can be categorized as such. Most of today’s micro-budget filmmakers are far too savvy and self-aware to just throw whatever comes into their head on the screen. I think the few that have achieved something truly weird often get lost in the noise that is the sheer volume of content created for sites like Youtube or Vimeo. That’s why it feels like the golden age of SOV spans most of the 80s to the early 90s before the internet really took over as the main means for people to distribute visual storytelling. I doubt we’ll ever see the likes of Sledgehammer (1983), Boardinghouse (1982), Things (1989), or Black Devil Doll from Hell (1984) ever again.
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Science Crazed exists in a dimension where time has no meaning. Scenes drag on interminably and just when the viewer is relieved for it to end, the whole scene is repeated over and over again. Out of an 82 minute film, it feels like a good half hour of that is a single shot of the monster dragging its foot down a hallway. There is an “aerobics” scene featuring two women doing the most basic exercises imaginable that lasts a solid ten minutes. Science Crazed tempts you with thinking there is going to be a payoff when the monster finally arrives on the scene, but it all goes down with some bored staring and then characters are conveniently killed off screen.
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Science Crazed is brutal, not to the characters, but to the viewer. Watch it all the way through and you will come out transformed. Science Crazed will make monsters of us all.