Professional photographer Adrian Wilde (Michael Callan), specialises in action and nude model spreads for men’s magazines. He is the life and soul of the party being both popular and charismatic. However he also has crippling night terrors. These are becoming not only deeply disturbing to his sleep but also his waking life. Taking on near real lifelike form, the dreams become horrific. He keeps murdering the very women he’s been photographing. Seeking help from psychoanalysis, he finds some peace. However things take even more uncomfortable turns as he begins to discovers that they might not be dreams after all. A series of grizzly murders that seem to replicate his dreams take place. He can not escape the coincidences. The police also cant and feel this could be the work of a serial killer. Adrian being prime suspect for the murders.
Director William Bryon Hillman had already visited this premise in his 1974 film The Photographer. It also featured Michael Callan in the lead role and was about a picture taker. That film I have seen some 6 months ago. The Photographer is a darkly comic and unsettling film. Double Exposure is very different in tone and execution but retains some of its predecessors quality. The first time I saw Double Exposure was on a grimy VHS in 1995. I was 14 and it struck me then as one of the better versions of a giallo / slasher I had seen to date. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. I remembered the premise and the set ups but forget the slightly clever use of film form. From the phantom ride camera use that feels like a Hitchcock homage. To the swift pan and zoom proving that R. Michael Stringer succeeds in constructing an atmospheric, tonal photography. This is the films scene stealing skill and one that makes it above average. Michael Callan adds levels to his role by both keeping his mania explosive enough to feel unhinged but sane enough to feel real. Joanna Pettet (Welcome to Arrow Beach) and Seymour Cassel (Killing of a Chinese Bookie) add some weight in the cast. One is stunningly beautiful and the other is a serious actor. Even with all this, it is still sleazy and scummy enough to reflect its generation but skilful enough to be a seriously watchable film.
To Vinegar Syndromes extras
Well firstly have the 35mm transfer. On the multi region Blu Ray it looks stunning often. This benefits the wonderful cinematography and its great techniques. Deep, rich texture and grim gritty darkness feel clean. Its a real accomplishment. You also get the DVD copy which looks very nice indeed. William Byron Hillman commentary is both informative and opens up his work in comparison of The Photographer. He is a very interesting guy that makes for a well worthwhile commentary. R. Michael Stringer interview makes quality work even more valued. His cinematography proves that great film makers are often overlooked because they simply work in genre films. The other extras I was less compelled by but that is me and you might just love them.
• Region free Blu-ray/DVD combo pack
• Newly scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm original camera negative
• Commentary track with Director William Byron Hillman
• “Exposing Double Exposure” Interview with Cinematographer R. Michael Stringer
• “Staying on Task” Interview with Script Supervisor Sally Stringer
• Isolated score by Composer Jack Goga
• Original theatrical trailer
• Promotional still gallery
• Reversible cover artwork by Derek Gabryszak
• English SDH Subtitles