If you’ve been around for long enough looking into underground and brutal cinema, surely you’ve come across the title “Singapore Sling”. This classic film from the underrated director Nikos Nikolaidis was produced in 1990 but starts out looking like a classic noir from 1940. It begins on a dreary rain soaked night, in some beautiful garden, in some unnamed area of the world, with a beautiful soundtrack playing in the background. And then we are introduced to the mother/daughter duo that will forever be one of the most bizarre and twisted duos of cinematic history. After a short while spent watching these two dig a hole, we are introduced to Singapore Sling, although that is only a pseudonym given to a nameless man by our lovely duo. He speaks of love lost, a pained life, and a journey to find something once lost… After that, the movie truly begins. The mystery of Singapore Sling, Laura, and the mother/daughter duo is something that cannot be put into words, it simply must be experienced in all it’s graphic glory. There’s sex, of course, blood, of course, some fantastic gore, the most incredible vomit scene ever, a kiwi fruit and a whole lot of style! Without going into too much more detail, I should just tell you to go out and buy this film now.
What can be said of this incredible film is it has something no other movie I’ve ever seen has, and I still can’t quite define it. There are no real names given, no places, no outside contact, just one house and three people involved. What seems so simple and so small at first ends up being either a towering mystery, or a trip to complete madness… Or perhaps both? I can’t help but love this movie more than anything else I’ve seen in years and possibly, this could by my all time favorite film, but only the test of time will tell that. Even the song “Laura” makes me get all tingly and un-flacid with dreams of all the twisted goings on that grace the screen with this gem. What sick and twisted bastard wouldn’t want the ultimate mother/daughter duo with nothing but sex and blood on their minds? The only sad part about this film is that Nikos Nikolaidis wasn’t able to produce more for our viewing pleasure. That being said, to all of you out there, please give credit where credit is due and support the movies that “make the cut” so to speak.
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