Moonsigns  |  Band Guide  |  Blogs  |  In Pictures  |  Adult
Boston  |  Portland  |  Providence
Features  |  Reviews


A trite rehash of second-rate Southern Gothic
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 24, 2008
1.5 1.5 Stars


Critics at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival unleashed vitriol on Deborah Kampmeier’s Hounddog, a trite rehash of second-rate Tennessee Williams and Harper Lee Southern Gothic. Why single out this film when the year before they heaped praise on Black Snake Moan, a far more odious exploitation of sexual and racial stereotypes and rape fantasies? Maybe it was Hounddog’s opening scene, in which precocious prepubescent Lewellen (Dakota Fanning) plays show-and-tell (though nothing is seen) with a local boy. Had the film merely depicted her brutal rape (glimpse of her impaling her hand on a nail) at the hands of a teenage pedophile (with a mass of acne spelling out “I am a rapist”), it might not have outraged festivalgoers, let alone the bands of moral scolds now organizing boycotts against the release of this apparently re-edited version. Those undaunted or attracted by the hysteria will wonder what the fuss is about as they discover that Hounddog’s biggest offense is Fanning’s repeated renditions of the title Elvis tune.

UPDATE: After the Phoenix went to press, critics were informed that Hounddog's Boston release had been cancelled. No further information was immediately available.

  Topics: Reviews , Dakota Fanning , Dakota Fanning , Elvis Presley ,  More more >
  • Share:
  • RSS feed Rss
  • Email this article to a friend Email
  • Print this article Print

election special
Share this entry with Delicious

 See all articles by: PETER KEOUGH

RSS Feed of for the most popular articles
 Most Viewed   Most Emailed 

Featured Articles in Reviews:
Sunday, October 05, 2008  |  Sign In  |  Register
Phoenix Media/Communications Group:
Copyright © 2008 The Phoenix Media/Communications Group