By DON ELFANT: As Hollywood continues its obsession with sequels, prequels, spinoffs, remakes, and reboots, Tim Kirk has created a new niche with a fresh, and often demented, take on existing material.
A perfect example is DIRECTOR’S COMMENTARY: TERROR OF FRANKENSTEIN, a 2016 Other Worlds Austin Orbiter selection. Kirk directed and co-wrote this imaginative feature, utilizing the long-forgotten horror film TERROR OF FRANKENSTEIN (1977). Kirk’s brilliance is in creating a rich, convoluted, creepy, and utterly entertaining backstory to the making of the original film. The plot is revealed while watching a DVD of the film and listening to the commentary track. As the director and writer discuss the images on the screen, it becomes apparent that the horror behind the camera was far more disturbing than what was filmed.
Kirk’s latest exercise in extreme meta-fictional tragicomedy is SEX MADNESS REVEALED, which makes its Texas premiere on Wednesday, September 19 as part of Other Worlds Austin Orbiter Series! Starring Patton Oswalt and Rob Zabrecky, SMR takes the form of an audio commentary that plays out over the little known 1938 STD propaganda film SEX MADNESS. Patton (the voice of a persnickety film blogger) interviews the descendant of the original motion picture’s director who harbors a nefarious secret.