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Anamorph (2008)



Critic Consensus: Thin on plot but heavy on academic references, Anamorph proves more derivative than terrifying.

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A haunted New York City detective must delve into his dark past in order to stop a serial killer whose highly artistic modus operandi seems uncannily similar to that of a madman who stalked the city streets five years prior. When reclusive detective Stan Aubray (Willem Dafoe) gunned down the man suspected of being the "Uncle Eddie" murderer, he thought his nightmare had come to an end. But now a new crop of victims has begun to turn up, each bearing the distinctive mark of the maniac whom everyone had presumed to be dead. Much like the unfortunate victims of "Uncle Eddie," the bodies in this latest batch have been carefully arranged in a manner that reflects the artistic style known as anamorphosis -- where hidden meanings can be revealed by viewing the crime scenes from different perspectives. Could this be the work of a copycat killer, or is it possible that Detective Aubray and his men killed the wrong man on that fateful day five years ago? All signs indicate that the latest killings were carried out with Detective Aubray specifically in mind, prompting him to reexamine the painful questions that he had struggled all these years to suppress. On one side, Detective Aubray faces the scrutiny of a bright young detective (Scott Speedman) who has his own unique ideas about the killings, and on the other, a disturbed young woman (Clea Duvall) who proves a dangerous link to Detective Aubray's mystery-shrouded past. Only by confronting the possibility that he fears most will Detective Aubray finally be able to overcome his own stifling sense of guilt and finally uncover the truth about the most gruesome crimes ever committed in New York City. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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James Rebhorn
as Brainard
Amy Carlson
as Alexandra Fredericks
Deborah Harry
as Neighbor
Don Harvey
as Killer
Paz de la Huerta
as Young Woman
Desiree Casado
as Teenage Check Out Girl
Robert Kirk
as Heavy-Set Detective
Robin Goldsmith
as Stone-Faced Detective
Marcia Haufrecht
as Diner Waitress
Paul Lazar
as Medical Examiner
Lucy Martin
as Uptight Woman
Mick Foley
as Antique Store Owner
Sharrieff Pugh
as Ect Technician
Ashley Springer
as Actor, Jeff Sarno
Amir Arison
as Profiler
Elizabeth West
as Reporter #1
Stephen Daniels
as Reporter #2
Edward Hibbert
as Gallery Owner
Barbara Sicuranza
as Forensic Technician
Robert G. McKay
as Detective #1
Michael Buscemi
as Detective #2
Virginia Wing
as Board Member
Jordan Charney
as Moderator
Manny Siverio
as Stunt Coordinator
Eugene Harrison
as Stan Stunt Double
Erik M. Solky
as Killer Stunt Double
Billy Anagnos
as Stunt Driver
Paul McClure
as Stand in for Mr. Dafoe
Jeff Chena
as Stand in for Mr. Speedman
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Critic Reviews for Anamorph

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (10)

Director H.S. Miller thinks he's made something broodingly visionary when you're more likely to be aesthetically shaken up by one of Mad magazine's Fold-Ins.

May 2, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

A serial-killer flick told like an art lecture, Anamorph manages to be gruesome yet dull.

April 18, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4

The long shadow of David Fincher's Seven falls on Anamorph, a moody, ultimately unexciting thriller.

April 18, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The atmosphere created by director H.S. Miller is gothic, tortured, stylized yet tinged with a classicist's sense of composition, symmetry and, yes, perspective.

April 18, 2008 | Rating: 3/4

Wears its influences...a little too heavily on its sleeve. But it does effectively convey a lingering sense of dread that can't be easily dismissed.

April 18, 2008

The serial killer in Anamorph shows promise, even if some of his best moves are derivative. The same is true of the film's director.

April 18, 2008

Audience Reviews for Anamorph

i enjoy a good old fashioned detective vs serial killer story but this really does push the line of boredom and stupidity. dafoe has no real plot or character to work with and especially speedman who could have read he's lines minutes before delivering them. this is definitely not the worst detective film but its far from the best

Brendan O'Connor
Brendan O'Connor

Super Reviewer


I like a good murder mystery as much as the next person, but this one is hard to watch. I like it when movies let you draw your own conclusions, but in this movie, the leads are just so obscure, and the killer's motives only seems to be to make a confusing movie for the movie-going public out there. Saying that, I probably would watch it again, just to see if it makes sense the second time.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

The anamorphic art was nice, but the film itself was a bit too blurry and vague for my taste. Perhaps I should've been more alert to get more out of it.

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Super Reviewer

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