Reflections of Evil (Damon Packard, 2002)
Damon Packard’s Reflections of Evil is difficult to describe. The synopsis on IMDB summarizes it with “Julie, who died of a PCP overdose as a teen in the early ‘70s, searches from beyond the ethers for her little brother, Bob, an obese watch-seller, who is dying of sucrose intolerance, in the early '90s.” It has been called the Eraserhead of the new millennium, which may be appropriate.
The film is an insane collage of nightmarish comedy. Damon Packard (b. 1967) began making films at the age of 11. He struggled to make his underground films with him own money and went through periods of homelessness until receiving an inheritance from a deceased relative. He used this money to fund his next film, Reflections of Evil. He pressed 23,000 dvd copies of the film, which he gave away for free. The film has received some attention amongst the underground film community, but Packard and his films remain largely unnoticed. His films are psychedelic explosions of bricolage madness. He lives in Los Angeles where he continues to make films and support the underground film community.
Reflections of Evil can be seen in it’s entirety at Packard’s youtube page. Follow the link below to the playlist for the film: