Sight and Sound - 08/01/2007
"[T]his remarkably mature and beautifully photographed debut asserts its own voice, while balancing fresh cinematic techniques with silent influences..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Described as "kinky material trapped in a cage of Victorian propriety" (The New York Times), Psychopathia Sexualis is a dreamlike depiction of turn-of-the-century sexual deviance from the pages of Richard von Krafft-Ebing's notorious medical text. As he interweaves fables of sexual repression, vampirism, hypnosis, sado-masochism and lesbianism, writer/director Bret Wood (Hell's Highway: The True Story Of Highway Safety Films) creates a haunted vision of an era when medical science endeavored to label, cure or eliminate anyone who refused to conform to its idea of sexual "normalcy."
Director Bret Wood (KINGDOM OF SHADOWS) uses the medical text on deviant sexual behavior by Richard von Krafft-Ebing to spin a compelling tale in this feature film.