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Slaughterhouse Five

Released 1972
Distributor Universal

Long considered to be unfilmable, Kurt Vonnegut’s time-tripping 1969 novel was tamed for the screen by writer Stephen Geller and director George Roy Hill, who captured the essence of the book without being entirely faithful to it. Vonnegut said he would “drool and cackle” each time he watched the film, which he was very pleased with. War weary POW Billy Pilgrim is buffeted through time, including the bombing of Dresden, as he randomly relives his life as a zoo exhibit on the planet Trafalmador. Is that enough genre switching for you?

About Marshall Harvey

Marshall Harvey is a graduate of the film school at Cal Arts. After working on several documentaries, early music videos, and trailers for New World Pictures, he moved into feature films with The Sword and the Sorcerer. He has edited many movies and television productions with director Joe Dante including The ‘burbs, Matinee, The Second Civil War, Small Soldiers and Masters of Horror.  Marshall has also done films with directors Steve Miner (Lake Placid), Mick Garris (Riding the Bullet) and has recently worked on Dario Argento’s Dracula 3D.