Anyone who saw The Wolfpack at Tribeca or in theaters earlier this year was completely blown away by Crystal Moselle’s documentary about a band of shut-in brothers whose parents had all but imprisoned them inside of a Lower East Side housing project. The movie, just out on DVD and also available for download, has since become a sensation, with the Angulo brothers becoming almost as huge as the Hollywood stars they impersonated in their homegrown movie recreations. Now they’re the subject of “The Wolfpack Show” at Jeffrey Deitch’s space in Soho, and anyone who’s looking for inspiration for a Halloween costume (or inspiration in general) needs to go see it.
The show features many of the cardboard costumes, props, and models that Mukunda (the prop master), Govinda, Narayana, Bhagavan, and Eddie used, from 2003 to the present, for their painstaking reenactments of films like Reservoir Dogs, Batman, and – in keeping with the season – Friday the 13th, Halloween, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. You can also peruse some of the transcripts they created so they could use them as scripts and reshoot their favorite movies inside of their cramped apartment. Let’s face it, their miniature cardboard recreations of the Twin Towers aren’t quite as stunning as Robert Zemeckis’s CGI handiwork, but they’re a hell of a lot more charming.
Also on display is a series of photos taken by Dan Martensen, which appear in his new book, Wolves Like Us: Portraits of the Angulo Brothers. Plus, you can sit and watch “Window Feel,” the short film by Mukunda Angulo that appears at the end of the documentary – it’s a dreamy fable that makes you realize he probably snuck in some Lynch and Jodorowsky while his brothers were binging on Batman.
Really, we haven’t been this blown away since we saw the Kubrick exhibit. Come to think of it, we’d kill to see a cardboard recreation of A Clockwork Orange.
Click through the slideshow for a preview.
“The Wolfpack Show” through Nov. 1 at 76 Grand St., Soho; open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.