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Wisconsin Death Trip: Wisconsin Death Trip is an intimate, shocking and sometimes hilarious account of the disasters that befell one small town in Wisconsin during the final decade of the 19th century. The film is inspired by Michael Lesy's book of the same name which was first published in 1973. Lesy discovered a striking archive of black and white photographs in the town of Black River Falls dating from the 1890s and married a selection of these images to extracts from the town's newspaper from the same decade. The effect was surprising and disturbing. The town of Black River Falls seems gripped by some peculiar malaise and the weekly news is dominated by bizarre tales of madness, eccentricity and violence amongst the local population. Suicide and murder are commonplace. People in the town are haunted by ghosts, possessed by devils and terrorized by teenage outlaws and arsonists. Like the book, the film is constructed entirely from authentic news reports from the Black River Falls' newspaper with occasional excerpts from the records of the nearby Mendota Asylum for the Insane. The film also makes use of the haunting black and white photographs taken by the resident portrait photographer of Black River Falls at the end of the 19th century. Contemporary color documentary footage of the town today is also included at the end of each section of the film that take place over the course of four seasons.

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Released: September 17, 1999
Runtime: 76 mins
Genres: Drama History
Countries: UK USA
Actors: Clayton Simchick Eddie Kunz Ian Holm John Schneider Kathryn Anderson Kevin Anderson

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Posted by MontyBeep 5 months ago
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Decent doc and interesting .

Posted by Moviefrk1 1 year, 4 months ago
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I guess they were going for unique here and ended up with a mess.Too bad because it was a interesting era in history.

Posted by Em33 1 year, 6 months ago
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what an utterly bizarre film, i loved it. the strange pictures and black and white film footage as well as the color just make this a weirdly enjoyable film. i wonder what was causing this mad behavior. even in 'modern' day with the female arsonist. was it cursed by the Indians and that is why there was no problem with them? i wonder what quantity of limestone is found there (residual energy), if any past battles were fought there, or a burial ground? so many interesting points to research (or maybe it's just the call of Cthulhu....lol ;-} )

Posted by GrrlPlant 1 year, 7 months ago
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Pretty good! Love the old pics. And yes: the whispering guy is creepy as hell.

Posted by FanyDuChamp 1 year, 9 months ago
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I am stunned. This was at one point horrifying, funny, scary and thought provoking. This is so different, I thought it was absolutely fantastic. I thoroughly recommend it and it is going on my favorites list. 5/5

Posted by silverrain 1 year, 12 months ago
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All towns have their own history at one time or another. I guess that's why I found this interesting. Very different but also very sad.

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Posted by LovinLetoForever 2 years ago
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And the guy that whispers as he writes creeped me the fuck out.

Posted by LovinLetoForever 2 years ago
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Oh, that Mary Sweeney, snorkin' coke and smashin' windows. That crazy broad. LOL I really liked it and I don't usually like docs, but I'm from just over the boarder in Minnesota. I found it very interesting. 8/10

Posted by MSJewelryAU 2 years, 1 month ago
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Besides the overly dramatic camera work & music, this could have been any town in the 1890's. Big disappointment. 5/10

Posted by acepoolshark 2 years, 4 months ago
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more like a true to life ghost story than anything else, kept me mezmorized, i kept thinking "What? MORE deaths! No fricking way. All in ten years!",,,,8.5/10

Posted by VF2011 2 years, 5 months ago ( Edited 2 years, 5 months ago )
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What a strange documentary. From the description, I presumed it would be more interesting than it actually was, since I'm fascinated in the subject of criminology. Oh well, I suppose I better get the book. I wouldn't recommend the film, since if leaves you wanting to now more about the characters and the crimes described. 3/5

Posted by tnorcff 2 years, 6 months ago
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I don't know America but found this a very good watch

Posted by cheshrkat 2 years, 12 months ago
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This is a VERY odd film. Simply a steady stream of vintage black & white photographs and a monologue of various deaths, suicides, and crimes. Haunting and kinda disturbing....I really liked it. The Veehd plugin isn't that bad and it doesn't eat much memory. Let the movie buffer awhile before you try to watch it.

Posted by BeeBoo 3 years, 2 months ago
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Well, that was different... Interesting concept, well executed and worth at least a look.

Posted by VF2011 3 years, 4 months ago
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I'd really like to watch this film, but can't watch veehd.

Posted by lookylou 3 years, 7 months ago
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strangely enjoyable well worth a watch

Posted by MommaFireFly 3 years, 7 months ago
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No real storyline. More of an account of events that plaqued an area of wisconsin more than a century ago. I enjoy history, especially late 1800's American history. Not a bad watch.

Posted by Wahallace 3 years, 8 months ago
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indeed the only one showing the correct movie is the VeeHD link both the 1st an 3rd one are completely different movies.

Posted by swifty 3 years, 12 months ago
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not bad worth a watch 3/5

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Posted by palsarmir 2 years, 4 months ago
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This was an awesome Documentary.There was definitely something Supernatural going on in Black River Falls Wisconsin and the surrounding Counties coz no way so many ppl would commit suicides and go totally crazy.Also could be some heavy metals like Mercury could be washed into the river as the by waste of mining,but could be a curse by the Native Spirits.Who really knows.My favorit character was for hands down"Mary Sweeney"the"Cocaine addict window smashing School Teacher"who fucked off on her husband and two Children.And she was arrested numerous times and put in the Mental Asylum even more times,she somehow convinced the Psychiatrists to let her go coz she wont be smashing windows again.Ha ha ha ha ha LMFAO her story is great.Also"Walter Schmidt"the unemployed German Farmer who was taken to the Asylum because he had unstoppable urges to Climb Trees and he could not stop climbing ha ha ha ha ha ha ha WTF was going on in Black River Fall Wis.between 1890 and 1900 LOL 4/5 awesome documentary something weird and spooky about the stories Please watch it.

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