#40 – Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh
DIRECTOR: Andy Hoyos
CAST: Paul Morgan Stetler, Monique Parent, Ragna Sigrun
RUNTIME: 80 min
DATE: February 12th, 2017
VENUE: Dundas Video Bar
FORMAT: Digital Print
Written and designed by horror writer Lorelei Shannon, Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh is a narratively unrelated follow-up to the best-selling Phantasmagoria (1995) by graphical adventure pioneer Roberta Williams (King’s Quest). Notorious for its “obscene content” that saw the game heavily censored or outright banned in several countries, Puzzle of Flesh had the player help the introverted Curtis Craig navigate a psychological breakdown and multiple co-worker relationships while working at a predictably sinister pharmaceutical company. Dark secrets, sexual exploration (problematic or progressive? Maybe both?) and inter-dimensional twists abound!
Puzzle of Flesh was showcased during The Laser Blast Film Society and The Hand-Eye Society's 2017 edition of Feb.Mo.Vid, where the games cutscenes were edited into a coherent and a brisk 80 minutes by Toronto filmmaker Pierce Derks!