Marilyn's Monsters

Life Drawn: Humanoids. Sept. 2018. 256p. tr. from French by Mark Bence & Tommy Redolfi. ISBN 9781594655357. pap. $29.95. FICTIONAL BIOG
While the life story of Marilyn Monroe (1926{amp}ndash;62) has been told countless times across a variety of media, there's never been an account quite like this. Redolfi (Viktor) reimagines Hollywood as "Holy Wood," a vast foreboding forest peopled by a bizarre set of characters all under the sway of the Founders, a sinister group of living shadows with total control over who becomes a star in the movies made there and sent out into the world via a system of pipelines. Enter shy, ambitious Norma Jean Baker, soon to be selected for transformation. In presenting Monroe's harrowing journey through a surrealistic realm steeped in hallucinatory imagery and dread, Redolfi forgoes a gossipy, warts and all Hollywood biography in favor of an attempt to capture his subject's emotional state, with enthralling results.
VERDICT Perfect for horror fans—especially those of David Lynch or David Cronenberg.

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