Who doesn’t love a good horror? Quite a few people it seems. Personally, I love them and look forward to seeing something a little new. Described as “ultra-violent”, Megalomaniac looks interesting, here is the trailer.

I know a lot of you are put off by the subtitles, but I’m willing to give it a go. To be honest, it had me at “ultra-violent”. The blurb is:

Megalomaniac questions the invisible line between victim and executioner and how it is crossed. A film about the weight of patriarchy and the illusion of Manichaeism.

I won’t lie, I had to look up that last word since I thought it was to do with motor mechanics, but it’s not: Manichaeism is a former major universal religion, founded in the 3rd century CE by the Parthian prophet Mani (216–274 CE), in the Sasanian Empire. The full synopsis is:

Martha and Félix are the children of the Butcher of Mons, a notorious Belgian serial killer from the 1990s. Unstable and riddled with insecurities, Martha lives vicariously through social media. Her brother, crushed by the family legacy, takes over their father’s killings. Harassed and violently assaulted at work, the docile Martha falls into madness and goes through the looking glass into the strange and terrifying world inhabited by her brother.

The Butcher of Mons is a true story. A serial killer would dismember victims and leave their body parts in plastic bags by roadsides. A man was arrested but only got 12 years for one murder. The true identity of the Butcher of Mons remains a mystery to this day.


The movie premiered last year at Fantasia and is only now getting a release in the UK and the rest of the world. So far, it’s been getting good reviews and won the jury prize of Best Picture at the Fantasia Film Festival.

Megalomaniac is released on 8th September.


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