Frisk (film)

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Directed by Todd Verow
Produced by Jon Gerrans
Marcus Hu
Written by Dennis Cooper (novel)
James Derek Dwyer
George LaVoo
Todd Verow
Music by Coil, Lee Ranaldo
Cinematography Greg Watkins
Edited by Todd Verow
Distributed by Strand Releasing
Release date
  • 1995 (1995)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Frisk is a 1995 drama film directed by Todd Verow, based on the 1991 novel of the same name by author Dennis Cooper. It is a first-person narrative about a serial killer. Dennis (Michael Gunther) describes a series of ritual murders in letters to his sometime lover and best friend, Julian (Jaie Laplante), and Julian's younger brother Kevin (Raoul O'Connell), an object of desire to Dennis.

Verow once explained in an interview 'we really need to concentrate on what makes us unique, what makes us interesting and what makes us dangerous'.[1]

It is banned in the UK due to its content. It was rejected by the BBFC in 1998 and although still banned in UK it has been shown without a certificate at London's ICA cinema.[2] It was the closing night attraction at the 1996 San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.[3] When screened in Manhattan several cinema viewers left during the violent scenes.[4]



In 1996, Stephen Holden of the New York Times called the film 'harshly repellent' and 'realistic but messy style that might be called cold porn for its utter lack of erotic warmth'. It is 'meandering and narratively diffuse, but it is also disturbingly well acted'.[4]

On Rotten Tomatoes review site it has a score of 38% from 315 views.[3]


  1. ^ Carl Stychin and Didi Herman (Editors) Sexuality in the Legal Arena, p. 82, at Google Books
  2. ^ "Banned in the UK". Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Frisk (1996)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b Holden, Stephen (22 March 1996). "FILM REVIEW;Where Gory Ends Wait For Drugged-Out Punks". New York Times. Retrieved 11 November 2018.

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