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Let the Corpses Tan (2017, France / Belgium) Review

Let the Corpses Tan (2017, France / Belgium) Review

Having gathered a cult following after pastiches of lurid European giallos in their first two features, in their 2017 film Let the Corpses Tan, Belgian duo Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani pay tribute to the violent European crime thrillers of the 1970s. Cattet and Forzani make it clear from the outset that this is a splatter film – in the opening scene, in an array of disorienting closeups – imperious, cigar-smoking, ‘artist’ Luce (Elina Löwensohn) insists on her acolytes firing a series of bullets into a canvas she has splashed with messy splodges of colour.

“Now, we have to kill ’em all!”

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LET THE CORPSES TAN Released in NYC and LA Theaters on 8/31

LET THE CORPSES TAN Released in NYC and LA Theaters on 8/31

Belgian filmmakers Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani trade in the crushed velvet and creeping shadows of their giallo-worshiping first two films for blistering sun, creaking leather and raining bullets in this glorious homage to 1970s Italian crime films.

Based on a classic pulp novel written by Jean-Patrick Manchette and Jean-Pierre Bastid; and featuring music by Ennio Morricone, Let the Corpses Tan is a deliriously stylish, cinematic fever dream that will slamfire your senses like buckshot to the brain.

“Now, we have to kill ’em all!”

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