A necrophilic doctor, a man wearing headphones and a bunch of cannibals: they’re just a few of the characters in this bizarre debut by director Lê Bình Giang, which explores the cyclical effect of violence. And, a word of warning — this Vietnamese body horror flick has a late-night slot for a very good reason. Pure evil exists and it lives in Hanoi, in a small house that has been partly converted into an operating-theatre-cum-torture-chamber. Here, patients are hacked up into bite-size pieces, then posthumously raped by a cannibalistic doctor and his taciturn sidekick. Of course, this amoral violence inevitably passes down to the next generation, setting a cycle of cruelty in motion. Deeming this out-of-control orgy of revenge 'bizarre' is an understatement, with cryptic dialogue and plastic, almost detached depictions of deliberate torment only adding to the unsettling effect. Certainly not for the faint-hearted, KFC is art-house gore so out on its own that it’s almost impossible to describe. If Fellini had made a cannibal horror flick, it might have looked something like this.
KFC | Dir. Lê Bình Giang | Horror | 69mins | Vietnam | 2016 | Australian Premiere
“A splatterfest where elements of gore, cannibalism, necrophilia and "ultra-violence" are mixed, elements that follow one another in a gloomy Hanoi, where consumption of fast food and meat sheds light on the consumer culture that has been emerging in Vietnam in the last decade.”
“Had me from the get go. There’s pathos, disgust and even a bit of humour there, capturing something very humane in an inhuman scenario.”