Friday, September 21, 2012

The Beat Generation: "Drum Struck" (1992)

This twenty four minute short is tacked on to the end of the Fox Lorber Video release of "Tetsuo: The Iron Man," and should stay there. Just because two films are black and white, and weird, does not make them perfect companion pieces to each other.

The story concerns two drummers auditioning for what seems to be a lounge singer. The skinny drummer gets it, and the other drummer attacks him and kills him. The skinny drummer's friends bring him back to life, and the drummers have a pretty funny fight involving drumsticks and flying cymbals.

While the music is pretty cool, this short is a family affair that has no real focus. The direction and editing are fine, and the climactic fight did make me chuckle. The film tries too hard to be David Lynch-ish when the material is more black and comic than surreal and strange. There are some funny scenes, but the auditions take too long and the whole production seems depressed.

"Drum Struck" is a one joke short film that shows up, plays, and departs without leaving any sort of lasting impression. It will not make my callback. (* * *) out of five stars.