Out of print
CHINA WHITE SERPENTINE
Written and directed by Eric Stanze and Robin Garrels.
Produced by Jeremy Wallace, Chris Belt, Ron Bonk, and Eric Stanze.
Starring DJ Vivona, Eli DeGeer, Amanda Booth, and Jason Allen Wolfe.
This very small, rapidly shot film was commissioned primarily for European distribution. To date, it is probably Stanze’s least-seen and least-talked-about movie.
Released in 2003.
“Grab-you-by-the-throat, first class, no-holds-barred indie movie making. Raw and powerful… with characters you care about. A touching and tender relationship between Trent (Jason Allen Wolf) and Beth (Eli DeGeer)… really good acting on display…. Indie entertainment at its best! CHINA WHITE SERPENTINE is a gem.”
“Slickly shot and edited, and the performances are impressive. That DeGeer, Wolfe, and Booth spend about a quarter of the film naked speaks volumes about their dedication. Setting a ghost story in the seedy, unpredictable world of hardcore drug addicts is a concept with tons of potential, and Garrels and Stanze certainly make the most of it.”
- Rue Morgue Magazine
“Stunning… An adventurous, trippy film… A deliberate middle finger to mainstream cinema that will provoke the right audience, and outrage everyone else.”
“Skillfully shot… head-spinning, experimental filmmaking with a nasty, explicit edge. DeGeer and Wolfe make for an interesting doomed couple for whom the simple act of lighting cigarettes together carries symbolic portent …emotional and physical aspects of the film fuse together quite nicely. While many indie horror filmmakers are content to constantly tread the same territory over and over again, that charge certainly can’t be leveled at Eric Stanze.”
- Mondo Digital
“A highly absorbing, near-experimental yarn. Accomplished in its abundance of visually attractive ideas. Eric Stanze is possibly the best filmmaker working within this medium in the U.S. today.”
“A thumbing of the nose to mainstream cinema… skillfully shot.”
“A compelling and interesting storyline underneath acid trip visuals.”
- DVD Maniacs
“Solid performances… especially from and DeGeer and Wolfe.“
- Film Threat Magazine
“It has such heart and emotion, and makes the audience care for the characters. The direction, cinematography, and acting are all top notch.“
- Planet Fury
“Simply fantastic performance from Jason Allen Wolfe… quality and entertaining indie filmmaking.“
- Monsters At Play
Listed In The “Top 10 Films Of The Year”
Special “Underrated Gem Showcase” Selection
2013 PollyGrind Film Festival, Las Vegas, Nevada
Trent was enticed by dark forces, entrapped in a lair of sin, and placed under the control of Tracey, a drug-dealing seductress. It was a world of erotic indulgence, frequent drug use, and dangerous mind games. This was Tracey’s world, and it eventually killed Trent – but not before he fell in love with another junkie named Beth, who became the only positive thing in his life. Today, Trent’s brother Dave is pulled into the nightmare that killed his addict sibling. Dave’s sanity spirals out of control as he is assaulted by realizations of Trent’s dark past. The prick of needles, the pain of violence, and the pleasures of naked flesh created a tempest of desire and agony that engulfed Trent and his lover Beth. It is Dave’s task to unlock the dark, seedy mysteries of Trent’s past while surviving the journey himself.