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31 Days of Horror – ‘Deathgasm’

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Deathgasm

Directed by: Jason Lei Howden

Starring: Milo Cawthorne and James Blake

Review by CinemAbysmal

I love metal. I’m not a genre asshole, either. If it wails, I’m into it, so when I first saw the trailer for this New Zealand Horror-Comedy, I was understandably excited. And for the most part, Deathgasm did not let down. It’s hilarious at times, joyously bloody and the music choices are excellent.

First, let’s talk about what’s wrong with this movie. A lot of us have seen Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny, which is kind of a shit movie in the classic sense, but I find it to be a cult classic and one that I’ve enjoyed a lot more as time has gone by. So why am I bringing that movie up? Well, Deathgasm unfortunately has just about the same story. I won’t spoil it for you, but I think you’ll get the same feeling watching it.

Infringement aside, this film is still really fun. As I mentioned earlier, the gore is pretty insane. It’s done in a pretty fun way though, ala Dead Alive and Evil Dead 2. In fact, it’s been a while since I’ve seen the much blood in a movie. They literally pour it on at times. The demons that are summoned look excellent as well. When this movie gets crazy, it really goes for it, and I found myself laughing giddily throughout a good amount of it.

Those familiar with metal (mostly Death/Black) will really dig a lot of the music featured in the film. We’ve got Ihsahn, Emperor, Axeslasher, Bulletbelt, Lair of the Minotaur, Pathology and others. The list goes on. They obviously knew their metal when making this and they don’t shy away from the double bass and screaming in a number of the scenes. I was a little annoyed with how much of an elitist the main character was, but the movie still did a good job throwing up its horns.

This movie isn’t perfect. But it’s fun, bloody and will bring a smile to any metalhead’s face. Check Deathgasm out on Netflix today!

 

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31 Days of Horror – ‘Evil Dead (2013)’

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Evil Dead (2013)  

Directed by: Fede Alvarez

Starring: Jane Levy and Shiloh Fernandez

Review by CinemAbysmal

I’m going to begin with a disclaimer: I love the Evil Dead universe. It’s immensely influential upon many things that I really dig, whether it’s music, movies or TV. And it’s based on Lovecraftian ideas which really gets me going. So when I first learned that The Evil Dead was being remade, I was naturally very skeptical. Then I saw the red-band trailer and I knew everything would be OK.

When marketing began for this movie, it was being advertised as “The Most Terrifying Film You Will Ever Experience.” While it definitely was not that for me, this is an incredibly gruesome movie that does not let up AT ALL. The sky honestly rains blood, there’s close-up eye mutilation, a tree literally rapes a woman, and don’t worry, there’s some ridiculous chainsaw scenes. It took a lot of what worked in the original films and turned it up to 11, with more cringeworthy scenes than a lot of people are willing to handle.

One natural problem I had with the movie, is there isn’t an Ash Williams. While I don’t really mean “Ash should have been in this movie,” I really think the film would have benefited from a more badass and likable character. Jane Levy does a great job as the character that was written (a recovering heroin addict), but you don’t really cheer for her like you would with Ash in the original trilogy and Ash vs Evil Dead. And I get it, this is a balls-to-the-wall horror film, but I still felt like I needed a laugh or two by the time this grueling monster was done.

If you can handle it, this is a great movie for multiple viewings. I catch more with every new watch (I’ve only seen it three times), but there are clever, loving nods to the original films which will make any Deadite happy. However, I’m warning you again: this is a relentlessly fucked up film that is sure to satiate the most brutal gorehounds.