The title “Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal” sounds as Canadian as all-get-out, and sure, enough it is. Well, it’s a Danish co-production, but still: Boris Rodriguez’s droll horror-comedy posits an ever-more-fucked-up-than-most flesh-eater as a stifled painter’s muse. (It’s good to know there are more ways out of creative block yet to be divined.) The deadpan and pacing share that usual eerie, near-airless Canadian tempo, and while the ideas could have gone toward Peter Jackson’s earliest splatter-coms like “Braindead,” there’s a genially bent tone that gratifying snuggles nearer the Coens. Plus, a fresh way of satirizing the art world is always welcome. With Thure Lindhardt (“Keep The Lights On,” “Byzantium”), Dylan Smith, Georgina Reilly, Alain Goulem, Paul Braunstein. 79m. (Ray Pride)
“Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal” opens Friday at the Music Box.
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic and a contributing editor to Filmmaker magazine.
His multimedia history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” will be published soon. Previews of the project are on Twitter and on Instagram as Ghost Signs Chicago. More photography on Instagram.