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Bad Fever

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Dustin Guy Defa

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About the Movie

Eddie (Kentucker Audley) bumbles his way through an agonizing courtship with Irene (Eleonore Hendricks), a manipulating drifter who videotapes their fleeting moments together. To express his true feelings for her, he orchestrates his debut stand-up performance at the local comedy club. Bad Fever is a witness to one man’s broken American dream and his eternal longing to find someone, anyone, who understands or even pretends to understand.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 6
  • Fresh: 3
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 3.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: As the camera skitters spastically around its troubled schlub, the film becomes a muddy, minimalist moan of desperation. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Feb 2, 2012

Fresh: Audley, a helmer in his own right, somehow infuses Eddie with a compelling presence that exerts an offbeat authenticity. – Ronnie Scheib, Variety, Feb 3, 2012

Fresh: From its opening white-letters-on-red-background credit sequence to its diligent focus on a wayward loner drifting about the outskirts of society and sanity, Bad Fever has the empathetic soul of '70s American filmmaking. – Nick Schager, Village Voice, Jan 31, 2012

Rotten: Heavy on the awkward silences and joggling, invasive close-ups. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, May 11, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Brave Cinema

A quietly disarming tale of loneliness. Equal parts bleak, beautiful and tender, Bad Fever picks up where the great American films of the 1970's too abruptly left off.

More Than Worthy of Your Time & Dime

No doubt this is an example of challenging cinema. But there is something quite affective about this odd mis-fitted film. Just long enough to not be considered a short, Dustin Guy Defa's movie manages to keep you watching even when it becomes almost tediously uncomfortable.

BAD FEVER is a well and realistic study of the marginalized and isolated world of damaged artists who wander and try to connect in a culture that seems to refuse access. The two leading actors are excellent. But the main reason to see this film is Kentucker Audley.

A highly skilled visionary filmmaker himself, Audley delivers a unrelenting stream of frustrated confusion and painfully articulated for the need of attention and affection that often feels as if his energy could quickly turn violent. It is a uncomfortable performance that is reminiscent of early work of Robert De Niro. Eleonore Hendricks provides an equal level of complexity in a character who is simultaneously lonely, concerned and inexplicably detached to her choices/actions.

Sadly, the film never quite measure up to the artistry of its performers immediate and intimate work. Audley’s energy in delivering stand-up comic fail routine is painfully absorbing.

Bad Fever
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Independent
  • Released: 2012

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