I Woke Up Early the Day I Died

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  • 1998
  • 1 hr 30 min
  • 5.4  (814)
  • 14

I Woke Up Early the Day I Died is an experimental film from 1998 directed by Aris Iliopulos, starring Billy Zane, Tippi Hedren, and Ron Perlman. The film is based on a script by legendary film director and screenwriter Edward D. Wood Jr., who is best known for producing some of the strangest and most surreal B-movies in history. The film opens with the character played by Billy Zane, referred to simply as The Thief, escaping from prison and embarking on a violent crime spree. The Thief is a deranged, psychotic criminal with a bizarre fetish for women's shoes, and he murders several people in his quest to acquire the perfect pair of high heels.

As the film progresses, we see him take on different identities, including a priest, a detective, and even a corpse. Throughout all of this, we are treated to a series of surreal and dreamlike sequences that blur the line between reality and fantasy, as well as bizarre cameos from characters such as Tippi Hedren and Ron Perlman.

The movie is a strange and fascinating combination of noir crime drama, surrealism, and experimental filmmaking. The narrative is nonlinear and disjointed, with scenes jumping back and forth through time and space, and the film is shot in a highly stylized black-and-white that gives it an otherworldly quality.

I Woke Up Early the Day I Died is a movie that defies categorization, and is likely to leave most viewers scratching their heads and wondering what they just watched. It's a film that revels in its own weirdness and takes joy in confounding its audience’s expectations at every turn.

Ultimately, whether you love it or hate it, I Woke Up Early the Day I Died is an unforgettable movie that offers a truly unique cinematic experience. It’s a film that plays by its own rules and refuses to be bound by convention, and for that reason alone it deserves to be seen by anyone with an interest in experimental filmmaking, surrealism, or just good old-fashioned cinematic weirdness.

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    5.4  (814)
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