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Flesh and Blood

  • 64 mins
  • 98%
  • 17+
  • United States of America FlagUSUnited States of America
  • 2007
  • Cult
  • Documentaries

"Flesh & Blood" is Larry Silverman's compelling, critically acclaimed feature documentary about one of the most controversial and legendary practitioners of modern-day radical body modification. Guinness Book of World Records body modification artist and cult figure, Steve Haworth is a legitimate pioneer in the field, credited with originating techniques for subdermal and transdermal implants. He spawned a worldwide following hooked on his surgical innovations. People come from around the world to his Phoenix, Arizona home, unsatisfied with even full body tattoos and piercings. Haworth provides subdermal implants: crosses, stars, and all sorts of three dimensional shapes placed under their skin. The transdermal involves delicately implanting a plate under the client's skin to provide the ability to screw and unscrew ornamental objects in and out of their body. Haworth is not a doctor and cannot legally use anesthesia, so he must straddle the line defined by the American Medical Association. Although Haworth has had a very public persona within the body modification community, this is the first and only time he has allowed cameras to shoot his procedures for all to see. Shot over a five year period, "Flesh & Blood" explores Haworth’s evolution as an artist. He would eventually spend most of his spare time facilitating flesh-hook suspensions whereby people suspend from their skin via hooks pierced through their skin. In his own words, Haworth shows us his world, a world populated by the planet's most extreme looking people, so obsessed with their looks, they're willing to endure any pain necessary. "Flesh & Blood" is considered too explicit for American TV and has only screened at film festivals in the U.S. But around the world, it’s begun airing on more daring networks, in Australia, Japan, The Netherlands, China, Greece, Sweden, Canada, among others.