Written by: MistressOf Horror
Bandaged. A German erotic horror movie directed by Maria Beatty
I was first introduced to this movie by friends at a "Reel Pride" gay and lesbian film festival
Storyline : Lucille is on the verge of her 18th birthday and all she wants as a present is to attend college to study poetry. Her father Dr. Arthur sees things differently from a more logical standpoint and refuses her request. Depressed by being constantly smothered by her father who fears losing her and feeling as though she disappoints him, she tries to commit suicide with a jar of acid from her father’s medical stash. With her head completely wrapped in bandages, Arthur hires Joan, a nurse with a spotty past, to take care of his daughter while he works on a unique and highly illegal skin graft method for the third degree burns on her face. The young Lucille and the older Joan hide a forbidden sexual passion from the doctor leaving him to his unstable work.
This movie is reminiscent of Darkman. The skin graft’s instability to sunlight was eerily similar. The skin graft, when exposed to sunlight, cracks and sheds.
The decaying dead skin graft that sizzles and then slides from Lucille’s face is a pure example of body horror. When we are first introduced to the damaged Lucille, she has become a monster of sorts; her bandaged face is expressionless and one whole side of her face is missing. Arthur,her father, portraying a well-intentioned physician, holds true to the qualities of a mad scientist. He works around the clock in his laboratory perfecting his skin graft.
There is a huge amount of lesbian sexuality mixed with the gore of the melting skin
The horror in Bandaged is as plain as daylight, but you should keep an open mind. Due to its overdosing melodramatic effect, one can easily skip its gothic qualities. Besides, who can pass up on any film that is produced by Abel Ferrara, the man behind The Driller Killer? Also, this is my first viewing of the German expressionist inspired director Maria Beatty and she intertwines female sexualities in regards to fetishes and S&M into her films.