At its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, The Verge called KUSO, the debut film from Steve Ellison – better known to the world as musical artist Flying Lotus – “the grossest film ever made.” A screening of the film had streams of people walking out scene after scene. The idea of something being so gross, so offensive and so disgusting makes us very interested in seeing just how unwatchable it really is.
If you’re similarly intrigued, go watch for yourself. On July 11th, Rooftop Films and Shudder (a horror/thriller film streaming service) will be hosting a free with RSVP preview screening of KUSO at House of Vans (25 Franklin St., Greenpoint). Doors for the screening are at 7pm and the movie starts at 8:30, to be followed by a Q&A with Flying Lotus and a live performance by “special guests”.
Frequently referred to as a “psych-out nightmare feature” with combined elements of David Cronenberg and Ren & Stimpy, KUSO takes place in Los Angeles right after it has suffered a catastrophic earthquake. The film doesn’t tell one story but a series of vaguely interconnected ones bringing the viewer into the strange lives of those who managed to survive the earthquake. In the trailer, released a few months ago, we got barely a glimpse at the surreal LA that exists in the mind of the man who gave us You’re Dead and Captain Murphy, his animated alter ego. KUSO features a mixture of live-action, puppetry and computer animation, with music from FlyLo himself, along with Thundercat, Aphex Twin, Busdriver, Kamasi Washington and many more. It may not be the best film you’ll see this summer, but it’ll likely be the one you’ll be talking about the most.
For those able to make it through all 90 minutes of the movie without walking out, you’ll be treated to a Q&A with Flying Lotus, live and in person, with a reception following with very necessary vodka. Bring a friend, a date, an enemy and if you don’t have the strongest stomach may we suggest you don’t fill yourself before the screening. You’ve been warned.