C’est arrivé près de chez vous (1992)

Belgium, 1992
92m (USA), 95m (France; Spain)
16mm film, black and white

A Belgian horror film directed by Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel and Benoit Poelvoorde.

Plot Summary

A camera crew is following serial killer Ben as he wanders around a city killing randomly, all the while treating them to extended treatises on the natures of music, society and art. As the crew get to know their subject better, they find themselves seduced by Ben’s madness and start to join in his horrendous crimes…


A Film by: Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoit Poelvoorde
Directed by: Rémy Belvaux
© Belvaux-Bonzel-Poelvoorde-for Les Artistes Anonymes MCMLXXXXII [1992]
Les Artistes Anonymes present a film by Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoit Poelvoorde
Produced by: Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoit Poelvoorde for Les Artistes Anonymes
Scenario and Dialogue: Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoit Poelvoorde, Vincent Tavier
From an Original Idea by: Rémy Belvaux
Lighting Cameraman: André Bonzel
Editors: Éric Dardill, Rémy Belvaux
Music: Jean-Marc Chenut
Sound Recordists: Alain Oppezzi, Vincent Tavier
Make-up: Bénédicte Lescalier
Special Effects: Olivier de Lavelaye

Benoît Poelvoorde (Ben)
Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert (Ben’s mother)
Nelly Pappaert (Ben’s grandmother)
Hector Pappaert (Ben’s grandfather)
Jenny Drye (Jenny)
Malou Madou (Malou)
Willy Vandenbroeck (Boby)
Rachel Deman (Mamie Tromblon)
André Laime (bed-ridden old man)
Edith Lemerdy (nurse)
Sylviane Godé (rape victim)
Zoltan Tobolik (rape victim’s husband)
Valérie Parent (Valerie)
Alexandra Fandango (Kalifa)
Olivier Cotica (Benichou)
Rémy Belvaux (Remy)
André Bonzel (Andre)
Jean-Marc Chenut (Patrick)
Alain Oppezzi (Franco)
Vincent Tavier (Vincent)

Alternative Titles

Man Bites Dog – English language title



  • Sight and Sound January 1993 (UK) – credits, review


  • 100 Cult Films by Ernest Mathijs & Xavier Mendik pp.139-140 – illustrated review by EM [Ernest Mathijs]
  • 500 Essential Cult Movies: The Ultimate Guide by Jennifer Eiss with J.P. Rutter and Steve White p.353 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.482
  • The BFI Companion to Crime by Phil Hardy (ed.) pp.75-76 – review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.67
  • Horror Films by Subgenre: A Viewer’s Guide by Chris Vander Kaay and Kathleen Fernandez-Vander Kaay p.152
  • Killing for Culture: An Illustrated History of Death Film from Mondo to Snuff by David Kerekes and David Slater pp.93-96, 335 – review, credits
  • Serial Killer Cinema: An Analytical Filmography by Robert Cetti p.271-272