Visionary filmmaker Neil Breen is infamous for making self-produced independent films in the “so bad they’re good” category that have quickly garnered a cult following. Loaded with unclear symbolism, inhuman dialogue, and surreal imagery, these films are fascinating to watch and akin to fever dreams.
However, after watching each film consecutively, one notices certain patterns and similarities in some or all these works, in either the narrative or directing style. What do these similarities say about Breen and his creative muse? That’s up to you to determine on your own.
Note that for his latest film, Pass Thru, all I have to go on is the trailer as it hasn’t been released yet.
1. Neil Breen is the star
Ex-spy hacker, cyber God, supernatural hacker, cyber alien
2. He has special powers or abilities
Hacking/spying/brain implants, omnipotence, hacking/walking through walls, time-space manipulation/telekinesis
3. He addresses the news and media
4. A gorgeous love interest
With scenes of intimacy that may or may not include “Breen Butt™”
5. Flashback of him and love interest as children
6. So. Many. Laptops.
7. A magic stone somehow figures into the plot
8. Corrupt politicians and bankers are the primary antagonists
9. Skulls/skeletal remains
10. Food or drink featured prominently in a scene
Okay, yeah, the wine’s a bit of a stretch. (Not pictured: coffee)
11. Stock footage
Granted, he’s been using less and less as he goes on.
12. Numerous Deaths
13. One of the characters is an elderly man
14. A shot of clothes falling to the floor
15. Scenes filmed in the Nevada desert