Bag Boy Lover Boy – USA, 2014

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Bag Boy Lover Boy is a 2014 American comedy horror feature film co-produced and directed by Andres Torres from a screenplay co-written with Toni Comas. It stars Theodore Bouloukos, Jon Wachter and Kathy Biehl.

New York: Albert (Jon Wachter) works the night shift as a hot-dog vendor on the Lower East Side, where he meets photographer Ivan (Theodore Bouloukos). Ivan is fascinated by the slow-witted Albert and decides to give him a job working with him at his studio, where he takes fetish photos.

Albert is reluctant to participate in Ivan’s photos but shows interest in the photography job. When Ivan decides to go to a fashion shoot in Milan, he accidentally leaves the studio’s keys with Albert – who uses this as an opportunity to lure unsuspecting women to their deaths by enticing them with promises of a modelling shoot…

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Bag Boy Lover Boy was released on Blu-ray + DVD on July 25 via Severin Films. It is currently available on VOD. The special features are:

  • Audio commentary with director Andres Torres, actor Theodore Bouloukos, and editor Charlie Williams
  • Student films of actor Jon Wachter: “Got Light” and “The Never-Starting Story”
  • Trailer

Buy Blu-ray: Amazon.com

Reviews:

“This isn’t a perfect movie. But it will keep your attention throughout. It has an odd undercurrent beyond its subject matter, making the viewer think they are watching a real maniac and not just one of the screen.” B&S About Movies

Bag Boy Lover Boy is a film teeming with youthful energy. It is almost exploding off the screen with neon lights and colourful gels, embodying a refreshingly vibrant metropolitan world. The film has an incredible energy of chaos, a feeling of helplessness, and a desire to be heard. Stifled and exploited, the protagonist finds his voice through violence only because he has no other means of expression.” Justine Smith, Sound on Sight

” …carried by dark humour and eccentric characters alike, told in a way laid back enough to not gross the audiences out or just going for the cheap joke, and it’s brought to life by strong performances. Definitely worth a look!” Mike Haberfelner, Search My Trash

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“Torres and his team may be exploring the rotted portions that still exist within the Big Apple, but they demonstrate a keen sense of how to capture the city’s seedy side without their own product appearing degraded. The you-are-there cinematography (by Ana Franquesa Solano) and the naturalistic performances, with Kathy Biehl also making a strong impression… Michael Gingold, Fangoria

“As it delves deeper into the surreal you can see the type of filmmaker Andres Torres could be, however it is buried under too much negativity to be allowed to come to any kind of actual fruition. Bag Boy Lover Boy probably believes itself to be a commentary on art but it does not even deserve to carry the title. It is an empty, pointless, soul-crushingly awful exploration into grime covered ugly. There is no pay-off, it is a waste of time.” Derek Deskins, Next Projection

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“Torres and co-screenwriter Toni Comas throw out hints of class issues that might also fuel this violence, but don’t follow up on them, too interested in the particular loneliness of this creep to make him a symbol of a fed-up New York underclass. In the end, the film is more nostalgic for a seedy era’s aesthetics than authentically transgressive itself; but as Ivan knows, finding something that truly disturbs a viewer isn’t easy to do these days.” John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

Bag Boy Lover Boy may well still appeal to those with blacker than black senses of humor, but it really doesn’t consistently hit the bullseye with either its comedy or its horror ambitions. The tone here is what I might call “David Lynch Student Film”-ish, with an uneasy combo platter of laughs and shocks, but performances are surprisingly good, if completely peculiar, throughout.” Jeffrey Kauffman, Blu-ray.com

“Torres shows promise, though, and seems to be happily shrugging off expectations about what cinema, particularly underground cinema – an anachronism, surely – is supposed to be … A dream scene in which a blood-soaked Albert gyrates through his own particular madness provides a glimpse of what our boy is really like, and where he’s going. Which is a place that’s not wholly uncomfortable, but close.” John Anderson, Indiewire

” …Andres Torres does a terrific job tuning everything into the same weird wavelength. Theodore Bouloukos synchs Ivan as the yin to Albert’s yang with wonderfully nonchalant flair. There is a hint of “who cares?” from Bouloukos, and from the film in general, that actually works to add a loose touch of attitude.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

Bag Boy Lover Boy is a decidedly bizarre picture but it’s also really well done. If the movie loses a bit of steam at the end, the build-up is almost perfect making the somewhat predictable finale a little easier to accept. A big part of why the film works as well as it does is the casting of Swedish born Jon Wachter. He mumbles his way through the movie, unable to completely hide his accent, and his very natural seeming performance makes Albert a character that is as creepy as he is genuinely sympathetic.” Ian Jane, Rock! Shock! Pop!

Cast and characters:

  • Theodore Bouloukos as Ivan Worthington
  • Jon Wachter as Albert
  • Kathy Biehl as Jackie
  • Karah Serine as Nancy (as Kara Peterson)
  • Adrienne Gori as Lexy
  • Tina Tanzer as Sarah
  • Marseille Morillo as Pig Model
  • Teena Byrd as Prostitute
  • Sarah O’Sullivan as Drunk Girl
  • Saoko Okano as Miyuki
  • James Elwood as Officer Rhodes
  • Norman Outlaw as Officer Timmons
  • Peter Trojgaard as Camera Shop Employee
  • Ryan Preimesberger as Drunk Customer
  • Amanda Charles as Drunk Customer’s Girlfriend

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