MS: VigasioSexploitation Vol. 1 (2010)

Vigasio Poster

Directed by Sebastiano Montresor

Synopsis
A batch of human-sized eggs has fallen from space (this isn’t explained, I had to read this), triggering a dormant, previously-undetected virus in all of mankind. Agent Danger is tasked with investigating the matter when a woman sans clothes with an upside-down Dixan-brand laundry detergent box on her head appears in his home to seduce him.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Lena, an apparent sorceress and possible source of the eggs, summons a female mummy to kill Danger’s former partner and old flame Eva, before the guy can enlist her help.

After he bangs the Dixan-Woman, Danger pays a visit to a doctor Muñoz, a guy in a pig mask, who tells him he’s slipping into “the Soft Machine”. You see, this new virus brings about an urge in its host for aesthetically-satisfying images, which their body produces ad nauseum, causing the host to slip into an alternate reality, i.e. the Soft Machine. Dixan-Woman, Muñoz explains, is nothing more than a sexy projection of Danger’s suppressed desires. Eventually, he’ll be consumed, and he will die.

Unless-

Yes, of course. Unless Eva can win the Sacred Chainsaw from a naked lady by solving a riddle and use it to buzz through the antagonists. Godspeed, little lady. Godspeed.

Review (SPOILERS)
agres·tic
adjective
1. “of or relating to the fields or country” -Merriam Webster

According to vigasiosexploitation.com (where you can legally download this bad boy for free — seems the guy behind these movies just wants his work to be seen more than anything), agrestic cinema tells “anti-television and anti-narrative stories, harking back to the primitive cinematographic imagery… Everything is alike and mediocre. Agrestic cinema is the most obvious alternative… Agrestic cinema is impoverished, hapless and tattered, but breathes a noble afflatus, which belongs to all those who feel the need for a return to agriculture, meant as a common and ancestral human legacy, one made of words, music and images.”

I’m not sure what all that means, nor do I know what agriculture has to do with this thing (besides the egg motif), but I feel like mainstream film is the “virus” here, dumbing our minds, shooting us off to the Soft Machine while it robs the medium of its true potential or what-not. Well, in Montresor’s mind.

I will admit, the film makes some valid points, especially when the Dixan-Woman states that “Image is an addictive drug.” then says to our hero, “I am your dope.” That’s some deep stuff right there. Droppin’ knowledge bombs up in here.

I digress. VigasioSexploitation Vol. 1 is an oddly-odd, I-guess-experimental, verbally-silent, noir-inspired production filmed and set in Vigasio, Italy. Most of its length, save a lonely color scene, is shown in kind of a grainy, drab shade of green. As mentioned, it’s verbally-silent, meaning its scenes of dialogue cut to shots of text like a silent movie. Only… It isn’t silent. There’s music. And sound effects. Mind blown.

Despite VSV1 resembling the black-and-white/silent/experimental films of yesteryear, it’s still a weird ride, unique, something I’ve never seen before — and not too pretentious, like something you’d watch in a college film course. So kudos.

With cheap production values and goofy characters in contrast to its stark, surreal atmosphere, VSV1 strikes me as what it would look like to make an Avant-Garde re-cut of an Ed Wood movie. One of those booby movies he did. I don’t know, my brain is confused.

Vigasio 1

Vigasio 2

Vigasio 5

Vigasio 3

Vigasio 4

Random aside: The Dixan-Woman reminds me of the Cream of Wheat guy from Nightdreams. That is all.

Next month: VigasioSexploitation Vol. 2.

A Few Questions
If Dixan-Woman was a projection of Danger’s suppressed desires, why could the rest of the characters see her? Maybe I’m missing the obvious.

The Verdict
Give it a watch if you like this weird stuff. You can’t beat the price.

Recommendations
industrial music videos
noir bullshit

Total Run Time: 51 minutes 58 seconds (official download)

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2 Responses to “MS: VigasioSexploitation Vol. 1 (2010)”

  1. Words. I have them sometimes. Not now. But good. I think.

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