Man Bites Dog (French: C’est arrivé près de chez vous, It Happened in Your Neighborhood) is a darkly comedic Belgian crime mockumentary starring Benoît Poelvoorde. In the film, a crew of filmmakers follow a serial killer, recording his horrific crimes for a documentary they are producing. At first dispassionate observers, they find themselves caught up in the increasingly chaotic and nihilistic violence. Since its release the picture has become an international cult film.
The film is shot in black and white and was produced on a shoe-string budget by four student filmmakers, led by director Rémy Belvaux. The film’s writers, Belvaux, Poelvoorde and Bonzel, all appear in the film using their own first names: Poelvoorde as Ben, the killer; Belvaux as Rémy, the director; and Bonzel as André, the camera operator. The genesis of the idea came from shooting a documentary without any money.