5-Minute Movie: VIRTUAL OBSESSION (1998) / by Samuel B. Prime

Welcome back to the Video Laboratory, where bastards are born and pre-existing works are sliced to pieces with an eye towards accessible amusement (yet also firmly based in a genuine respect for the original work itself). VIRTUAL OBSESSION (1998) is a 1998 TV-movie directed by Mick Garris, who wrote the best damn Halloween movie ever - HOCUS POCUS (1993) - and also directed the underrated TV mini-series adaptation of Stephen King's THE SHINING (1997). In its initial broadcast, VO spanned three hours and covers as many topics in which I hold a keen interest: 1) cryogenics; 2) artificial intelligence; and Peter Gallagher - and his disembodied head(s).

VIRTUAL OBSESSION - in its original form - is an overlong feature filled with rich ideas about a not-so-distant future. This quality makes it a perfect afternoon film - to fit in between lunch and dinner, perhaps while knitting. This five-minute version transforms it into a thoroughly sex-obsessed short film that ends with a spectacular bang.

Earlier on July 10th, comedian David Huntsberger invited me to present this video at his monthly variety show - The Junk Show - held every second Sunday at The Copper Still. Hope to see some LACS folks at the next one!

Samuel B. Prime

Founder, LA Ciné Salon