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Soft for Digging and Mimic: Sentinel director J.T. Petty blurs the line between fact and fiction while exploring the connection between voyeurism and horror films by speaking with both the people who make them and the scholars who study them. In addition to delving into such issues as objectivity/subjectivity, audience sympathy, and what the need to be scared says about the viewer, Petty backs up his theory about voyeurism's connection to horror by exploring the case of a filmmaker whose eerie, shot-on-video horror films display an unsettling level of realism. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A strange hybrid of personal journey, half-baked documentary and cleverly executed tease, S&Man (pronounced "Sandman") gets up close and personal with three of the more extreme makers of underground horror and fetish films."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"S&Man is interested in the horror film in general as a perverse bridge between the genders."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
"S&MAN may have too many themes flitting through it, but curious horror buffs will find it to be a knowing look at the lowest-yet-purest possible levels of a genre."
‑ James Rocchi, Cinematical
"The film is graphic at times, owing to the inclusion of clips from the movies being discussed, but most of its creepiness comes from its ideas."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"Petty's film devolves into a transparent and uninformative gimmick."
‑ Nick Schager, Village Voice
"It explores the cheap and trashy yet it's fresh and engaging, with plenty of appeal for genre fans and outsiders alike."
‑ Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
"The only thing scarier than the [underground horror] movies may be the people who make them."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
"A darkly insightful and entirely fascinating study of the most disturbing material out there ... and why we like to watch it."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"It's not entirely clear whether helmer JT Petty is being deadly serious or perversely cheeky -- or both."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"The question you then have to ask is: if it's so "offensive," why didn't you turn away?"
‑ Don R. Lewis, Film Threat
"Ultimately what Petty has managed to do with S&Man is produce a film that is both an interesting, discerning look at the most extreme of our genre."
‑ Johnny Butane, Dread Central
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