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Esotika Erotica Psychotica is a film blog edited by Mike Kitchell from DeKalb, Illinois, U.S.A.. The blog's subtitle is Sex, art, horror and experimentation in world film.

Mike describes himself as a "photography student with an interest in film, literature, contemporary art, and "underground" culture".

The blog's title is inspired by the Italian title of Radley Metzger’s film The Lickerish Quartet: Esotika Erotika Psicotika.



In November 2007, Esotika announced [1] that it was taking the nobrow route:

"I've been throwing myself into contemporary critical theory ... one of my main goals is to translate the idea of no-brow culture into criticism. What I mean by this is that I want to talk about and discuss the films that I'm writing about in a manner that isn't obtuse and utterly academic, but I also don't want to ignore the "academic" elements in the films reviewed, as for me that is part of their major fun.
By "academic" I mean to imply the elements of these films that are ostensibly more "intellectual" than a reductive cinema incorporates. Take, for example, the films of Alain Robbe-Grillet. Traditionally there have been two opposing ways to read his films (and very rarely do these readings overlap). The first way is to ignore the "intellectual" elements of the film and focus on the genre elements; vampirism, eroticism, le fantastique. The second method seems to ignore or pay little attention to the genre elements and their contextual implications, choosing rather to focus solely on ideas of critical theory; narratology, structuralist construction, montage. Alain Robbe-Grillet is probably the most blatant example of this cross-pollination of readings, but obviously there are many other films and directors that fall into this divide.
My goal, which has hopefully become clear, is to read the films from BOTH perspectives, allowing the "low-brow" and "high-brow" readings to play off each other in order to create a much stronger way to think about the film. "


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