Bezeten - Het gat in de muur (1969)
| USA: Obsessions

Dutch Cinema: Bezeten - Het gat in de muur (1969)

Director: Pim de la Parra
Cast: Alexandra Stewart, Dieter Geissler, Tom van Beek, Donald Jones, Elisabeth Versluys, Marijke Boonstra, Fons Rademakers, Hasmig Terveen, Michael Krebs,


A painting falls off the wall in a rented room. The tenant, Nils (Dieter Geissler), a doctorate student in medicine, looks through the little hole in the wall to what happens in his neighbors room. What he sees makes him forget his textbooks quickly. It's not just the sex that generates his curiosity; Soon he witnesses events that point towards a crime. As he becomes more and more entangled in the web of mystery, his fiancé, Marina (Alexandra Stewart), a young journalist, receives an assignment to report a murder case.
Camera: Jan de Bont !

Script writer: Pim de la Parra, Martin Scorsese, Wim Ve
Soundtrack: Bernard Herrmann
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Psycho

Blu-ray: USA - "Obsessions"
Released 09-MAY-2017 by Cult Epics
The obscure film OBSESSIONS (aka A HOLE IN THE WALL) was directed by Dutch artsploitation auteur Pim de la Parra and co-produced by longtime collaborator Wim Verstappen (BLUE MOVIE). This gritty, psychedelic Hitchockian mystery, which is notable for being the first Dutch film shot in English-language, starts in a savagely brutal fashion. When a bloody painting of Vincent van Gogh falls from a wall and exposes a makeshift peephole, student protagonist Nils Janssen (played by the film's German co-producer Dieter Geissler) becomes an unwitting witness to a gruesome sex crime next door. When his young fiancée Marina (Alexandra Stewart of Troffaut's DAY FOR NIGHT), an enterprising journalist, tells him about a report of a murder that she is writing, he naturally wonders if it's the very same killing.

This classic exploitation film was the birth of auteur cinema in Holland, and inspired legendary filmmakers such as Paul Verhoeven to make their start in the industry. Originally distributed in over 100 countries, the film remained unreleased in the U.S. (and France) – until now. Perhaps most notably, the film was co-written by a young Martin Scorsese, who shot the legendary erotic drama sequence for his first feature WHO'S THAT KNOCKING AT MY DOOR (1968) in Amsterdam, that same year. Additionally, the film also stars legendary Dutch filmmaker Fons Rademakers (MIRA, THE ASSAULT), is edited by Henry Rust (CHILDREN OF PARADISE) and scored by Hitchcock composer Bernard Herrmann (TAXI DRIVER, SISTERS). OBSESSIONS is a curious cultural hybrid where late-1960s Dutch exploitation and classic Hollywood Hitchcock collide in a provacative and revolutionary fashion.
Edition: BD+DVD
Duration: 91 min.
Rating: Not Rated
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: none
Regioncode: A,B
Extras: Introductions, Interviews, Scorpio Films excerpt, Dutch trailer, Script notes by Martin Scorsese, Photo gallery,
Comment: Bluray + DVD
Discs: 2, BD50