Epidemic (1987)

Director Lars von Trier stars in a double role in this experimental horror fantasy. He pretentiously portrays a director who spends a year and a half preparing to make a horror film with help from a government grant. In the second part, he… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1987
DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune

Will never be confused with von Trier's great films. But it is an intriguing introduction to his later cinematic obsessions.

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Jake Euker

feels thrown together, as though von Trier is working at the mercy of available material, weaving it into a whole as he goes

J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Uneven as von Trier can be, Epidemic is among his better and most revealing movies.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's an obsessed film that is too murky to be great cinema, but interesting enough to remain intriguing.

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Fernando F. Croce

As meta-doodles go, this one needs better gags

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

In keeping with his generally perverse filmmaking aesthetic, von Trier systematically does everything he can to alienate horror enthusiasts.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Cameron Johnson
No, I'm not quoting the Slayer song, even though it was almost a mere year younger than this film, so shut up. Yeah, I don't really have a passion for… More
Lars Von Trier?s second feature film, this film is extremely experimental and of little interest otherwise. Shot on cheap black and white film stock (parts of… More
Sylvester Kuo
This is the worst film Lars von Trier has produced so far. I get that the film is very experimental but I did not enjoy the film at all. There was barely any… More
Dimitris Springer
Apocalyptic manifesto,the last 20 minutes are what our subculture today should have been: decadent in a vicious square of thoughts.And here is the wizard's… More