Cinapse’s Justin Harlan Calls Artploitation a, “smut peddler.” Lawsuits fly!

It is not every day we are called “smut peddlers” and find it a compliment! And truth be told, it is a little out of context. What Justin Harlan of the esteemed wrote in the intro to his film review is that We is, “the latest release from Philadelphia’s purveyors of art, smut, and bizarre genre fare from around the world. thing is certain when you pop in an Artsploitation disc — you’re in for a wild ride.” Thanks, but now we need to get back to watching Thawed Vaginas a Russian art film about sex-deprived Siberian teens.

Artsploitation’s Ray Murray Working the Streets

DoBlu: WE is, “explicit, shocking, remarkable, disturbing, fascinating”

“An explicit coming-of-age tale that would fit quite easily into Larry Clark’s filmography. An amoral but fascinating tale of teen corruption…Shocking and unsettling, there’s a ring of truth that works its way through the narrative. The cast is remarkable, painting a lucid but dark portrait of wayward teenagers becoming inhumane predators. A convincingly truthful scenario of normal teenagers gone bad, We is nearly pitch-perfect…Rene Eller’s willingness to push the boundaries of teen sexuality and nudity on screen might seem like pornography but ends up justified in the darkest recesses of We’s disturbing tale.” Christopher Zabel, DoBlu

Film International, “WE “Is disturbing…Artfully made”
The Kids Are Not Alright

“Despite a few brief scenes of erotic content, copious nudity, exhibitionism, and naturalism, as well numerous sex scenes, We is not designed to be arousing. Much of the content is disturbing. We, however, itself is artfully madeWe holds viewers’ attention. Sometimes, however, it is hard to watch.We never sensationalizes its characters or their actions (like Paul Verhoeven would). Eller plays things in a matter-of-fact style that redeems it (but not the characters). Herein lies the strength of what could have been just another jaded youth film.  Gary M. Kramer, Film International 

WE Is, “A masterpiece” – The Inner Circle

WE Is, “A masterpiece…The Inner Circle, “Won’t forget anytime soon”

“This is a hard watch, I won’t deny that…the violence and destruction left in the wake of these kids is pretty obscene but this is a great movie. Rene Eller’s feature film debut is a masterpiece and a sharp rebuke to parents who aren’t paying close attention to their kids. While “We” won’t be a film you may like, it is a film you’ll take notice of and never forget. I know we won’t forget anytime soon…..” – The InnerCircle

TNHorror Calls WE, “Unforgettable…I felt dirty as fuck watching.”

“Unforgettable…this isn’t your run of the mill horror movie. This is more like a coming of age story, but the ones coming of age are really fucked up…there’s a dark underbelly to this movie; it’s a story about the narcissism and nihilism that can only come from inexperienced youth. It’s a dark, dirty, mean-spirited film that gets darker and meaner as it goes. I felt dirty as fuck watching. The writing is incredible. The plot twists are like short jabs to your gut; they come in rapid succession and leave your mouth agape. It’s a really beautiful and engrossing film. If you let it, this film will pull you in quickly and won’t let go until long after the credits roll. This is a film that will stick with you for awhile. This is the kind of horror that reflects real-life horrors and if you’re in the mood for a gorgeous downer of a film, We is what you’re looking for.” Yeti, TNHORROR

WE is “Compelling” but its “obscenely graphic sex scenes…painful to watch.”

We is beautifully shot and superbly edited…The youngsters’ skillful ability to portray their characters, together with a haunting soundtrack, makes it a compelling watch. Let’s be clear, though, as a (nearly) middle aged woman, I found We truly painful to watch – striking and obscenely graphic violent scenes had me covering my eyes, feeling queasy and hoping for it to come to an end as quickly as possible. I spent hours in a daze after watching it and it disturbed my sleep that night. Maybe I’m not as desensitised as I would like to be, or maybe I am becoming too vulnerable to violence as we live in a society where violence against other human beings has become the new normal and watching gratuitous ferocity is simply too much for me. Nevertheless, it is an outstanding picture in its ability to shock, challenge and frustrate its audience, and praise is certainly due.” – Alton Williams, BRWC

The Independent Critic’s Richard Propes Calls WE, “A pitch dark glimpse into the collective soul of a millennial generation”

We may very well be more disturbing than either of the cinematic adaptations of [Bret Easton] Ellis’s work, Mary Harron’s American Psycho and Marek Kanievska’s Less Than Zero, both of which largely chose style over substance and paled in comparison to Ellis’s masterful writings. Eller, on the other hand, has created a cinematic endeavor of quiet brutality, a pitch dark glimpse into the collective soul of a millennial generation where one is imprisoned by freedom and isolated within the communal experience. I’d dare say that We is so shockingly explicit that the vast majority of critics won’t have the presence of mind to actually review the film itself, instead focusing on its explicit nature. We most certainly isn’t a film for everyone. The film’s explicit nature alone will likely have the more timid moviegoers cowering in a fetal position crying out for their mama, but Eller’s unflinching and honest portrayal of disconnected youths and a generation on its collective last gasp will likely resonate with those who prefer cinema that challenges and artists with enough integrity to tell an uncomfortable story uncomfortably.”  – Richard Propes, The Independent Critic  

A Young Man With High Potential “tests viewers’ stomachs with its horror” say Amos Lassen

A Young Man With High Potential  tests viewers’ stomachs with its horror. Adam Ild Rohweder gives a chilling performance and he carries the film. Watching him transform is a total experience. he way he transforms his character across the film’s 85 minutes is pretty incredible and despite his actions, you still find yourself feeling a little bit sorry for Piet. Even with all of his evil, I found sympathy for him and this is because director de Paoli does a very good job of forcing us to look at the shades of grey between the black and white. The film is unrelenting during its second half but I can’t really much more than that without spoiling the plot for those who want to see it. It’s not an easy watch at all and the ending is frustrating but fascinating…There are no easy solutions here, and nobody should expect to sleep easily afterwards.” – Amos Lassen

A “Sad, sordid, icky tale…observed brilliantly” – A Young Man with High Potential

“A dark story on the type of young male sexual entitlement that so frequently makes headlines in the United States…it’s pleasantly surprising that the picture presents such a humanised and believable Piet – certainly, he’s more likeable, less of a grotesque horror-movie villain than the “incel” types he calls to mind…observed brilliantly, coldly and with a sharp eye for incongruous little details. A movie this nasty shouldn’t be able to make black-comedy elements work, but director Linus de Paoli manages just that in this sad, sordid, icky little tale.” – The8thPassenger

A YOUNG MAN WITH HIGH POTENTIAL Is, “One of the most diabolical films I’ve seen in quite a while.” – ACED Magazine

A mind bender. If you have made it through psycho-babble films like The Human Centipede 1,2 & 3, or even Nymphomaniac 1 & 2 then you should be able to sit through this one…one of the most diabolical films I’ve seen in quite a while. It defies any of the horror flicks being released this year to out-do his impulsive repulsive finish. Comparing this flick with horror releases I’ve seen so far this year so far nothing compares. The acting by the two main characters Paulina Galazka and Adam Ild Rohweder is actually very good portraying their character’s personas with ease.”  – ACED Magazine