Wisconsin Death Trip
Genre: Documentary on death and OCD in the 1890s
Starring: Every crazy person in one town in Wisconsin in the 1890s
For fans of: crazy people, macabre yet beautiful images, Wisconsin
ONE MINUTE SUMMARY
There are some scenes in Death Trip that are haunting. The black-and-white reenactment video matches the photography perfectly. The short clips of modern-day Wisconsin remind us that we’re all a little different and yet very much the same as are heritage. The comedic scenes offer a balance to the grizzly deaths and suicides. If you see it, I’m interested to know what you think about all the religious subtext.
If you like documentaries, try this one out; I think you’ll like it. It’s slow, but the pacing is steady. The people are real, eccentric, and could have been me had I grown up there at that time. Every person who’s a little odd gets sent to the asylum, every 14 year old gets married to a septuagenarian, every window is broken by a lady who’s obsessed with breaking windows. Then there’s the guy who’s obsessed with climbing trees (spoiler alert).
OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10
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