Top Performances of 2011
Honorable Mention: Dan van Husen for "The Scarlet Worm"
This micro-budget western from director Michael Fredianelli features a frightening performance by German character actor Dan van Husen. This man has worked with the likes of Werner Herzog and Federico Fellini and his performance here shows what drew these directors to him. This is a solid film with imperfections that stem solely from its ridiculously low-budget (cowboys made more money annually than it cost to make this film…and that’s not adjusted for inflation). Performances like van Husen’s elevate the material. This is a performance that seems oblivious to budgetary constraints; it’s ominous, intelligent, and memorable. If more people saw the film, his performance would be held in much higher regard.
Congratulation Dan on a terrific performance which deserves the recognition it is starting to receive.