The Chocolate Factory

Steve Reinke

2002 | 00:27:14 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Body, Chicago Art, Crime or Violence, Death and Dying, LGBTQ, Music

The Chocolate Factory is a suite of monologues in the voice of a fictionalized serial killer, one monologue for each victim. The camera, with an almost structuralist rigor, pans up and down simple line drawings of each of the seventeen victims. A Black Sabbath song, picked apart and extended, serves as punctuation and soundtrack. Reinke has described the video as, "My autobiography as Jeffrey Dahmer."  But really, as the narrator says, "It's all about the victims."

"The Chocolate Factory marries Steve Reinke's previous concerns of goofy boredom and witty self-absorption with an unprecedented and disturbing pathology."

— Pleasure Dome, program notes

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