Sunday, March 26

Special Events ArchiveBoston Underground Film Festival 2017

Dave Made a Maze

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Director: Bill Watterson
Screenwriter: Steven Sears, Bill Watterson
Cast: Nick Thune, Meera Rohit Kumbhani, Adam Busch, James Urbaniak
2017 | USA | DCP | 80 min

Dave builds a fort in his living room out of pure frustration, only to wind up trapped by the fantastical pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation.

Dave erects a wonky cardboard maze in his living room. After years of failing to finish anything of significance, he’s determined to see this project through. His girlfriend Annie comes home and learns that Dave is lost inside his creation – which is odd, knowing how small and innocuous the maze looks from the outside. She reluctantly assembles a rescue squad of friends to whisk him out, a camera crew in tow to document the absurd proceedings.

The gang quickly discovers that Dave’s labyrinth is an endless series of bizarre rooms and corridors. It all seems whimsical and charming at first, until the labyrinth starts growing more sentient (and murderous!) by the minute. There are intricate booby traps, flying origami birds and other hell-raising inanimate objects. Not to mention the killer minotaur on the loose, or the giant mystical hand-eating genitalia…

In fantastical death scenes characters are beheaded and impaled on spikes of toilet paper rolls. Blood made of yarn, paper confetti and glitter spews everywhere. It’s what a scary episode of Muppet Babies might look like with Michel Gondry at the helm. Or Labyrinth by way of Charlie Kaufman.

Dave Made a Maze is imaginative, effervescent filmmaking from start to finish. Director Bill Watterson brings his impeccably-designed supernatural world to life using puppetry, stop motion, and optical illusions that dazzle throughout. You’re unlikely to find a more delightful movie this year.

-Shannen Ortale


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Melissa Ferrari | USA | 8 min.

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