Scalene (2011)

Scalene (Parker 2011)

Our mini-series devoted to the films of Zack Parker! His films fall distinctly into two halves and with Scalene begins the latter half of his movies thus far. His evolution as a filmmaker becomes obvious here as this film far exceeds his prior two efforts. This led to a sticky and difficult discussion of consent, morality, care, and the road to hell being paved with good intentions. Watch it and then join us!


Martyrs (2008) Watch this film first or skip ahead when we mention it!
Quench (Parker 2007)
Come to Daddy(Timpson 2019)
I Spit On Your Grave(Zarchi 1978)

TOPIC INDEX – Scalene(Parker 2011)(times are approximate) 

0:30 – Introductions
5:12 – Discussion begins
5:12 – Overall reactions
8:20 – Multiple perspectives
12:30 – Unresolvable narratives
16:40 – Layout of the film
19:44 – Deciphering the title
28:30 – The limits of intersubjectivity
34:56 – Morality and survival in horror and in Scalene
40:33 – Marshall’s personal connection to the film
50:00 – The next three questions about the assault
1:04:17 – Resisting a referendum
1:07:43 – Assault
1:11:11 – Going meta with the film
1:21:04 – Color
1:23:30 – Gender
1:28:27 – The cow story
1:29:30 – Grading the film using the Collective Nightmares Rubric

Related Episodes
Martyrs (2008)
I Spit On Your Grave (Zarchi 1978)
Quench (2007)
Inexchange (2006)

Recommendations for other films
12 Monkeys (Gilliam 1995)


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Episode 61