HANGER (2009)

Written by: Greigh Johanson.

As I told before, sometimes I get tired of contemporary directors such as spontaneously tries to produce Grindhouse films. Planet Terror, Death Proof, Machete and Hobo with a Shootgun never succeeded in highlighting the true feeling and I'm truly tired of all these meaningless titles that cranked out visual attempt to attract a wider audience. When I had almost given up hope on the Grindhouse-genre I finally found Ryan Nicholson's film Hanger and I'm so grateful for that.

Hanger is one of the reasons why I pay tribute to the canadian director Ryan Nicholson as much as I do. It's not just Torched and Gutterballs which are two great favorites from his not too extensive gallery. Hanger is currently the best film I've seen from his works and I long for the day he directs a film that values higher in the ranking scale.

18 years ago when the heavily pregnant and prostitutes woman Rose tries to escape from her pimp, he becomes enraged at the thought of losing their cash cow. He beat Rose unconscious and implement an abortion with a coat hanger. Rose bleed to death and dying in the coup and the pimp dumps the fetus in a dustbin. The story should be stopped here unless a homeless man found the child and nursed it. It severely deformed child receives the name Hanger because of his background. When Hanger reaches 18 years of age, his stepfather knows that Hangers real father is still alive. The stepfather visits him and tells Hanger about the tragic fate of his mother, and now they are went out to meet him once again. They are now planning a cruel revenge.

Hanger is a very gritty film that takes us back to the beloved 80s. This is a tough mix of Lamberson's "Slime City" and Michael Muro's "Street Trash". It covers the acts around mutated and unsuccessful people that others reject and see as useless monsters. It also includes a violent, corrupt and twisted view of women in the style of Ron Jermey's porn industry and Lloyd Kaufman's low-budget films. We enclose an entire generation of scum and this is a film that is easy to notice that Nicholson is looking to create. If we appoints this with ultimate splatter ingredient we have finally have Hanger on a high level.

The humor is dark, nasty, bitter and full of contradictions that everything just gets ridiculous. I love goofy sense of humor so it suits me very well, but the bad parts can feel like a heavy punch in the stomach - many repetitive sequences manages to save the bitter feelings, and you'll laugh at the evil instead.

The film's characters contains disordered beauties. Take for example the Asian guy who is obsessed with bloody tampons and collects on them to make his own tee - The drier the better. There is also a gay man who will do anything to get a sexual moment with his male friends - but the big question remains whether he succeed or not? We also meet Lloyd Kaufman who plays the role as a transvestite and gets his penis burned in a stove.

If you are the degree that like Troma films that include sick sense of humor and a lot of blood, then this is the film for you. But unlike a typical Troma film, Hanger has a significantly better quality with a document which at times is interesting to follow. It links a serious action with a comical version for you as spectators should not collapse from pure misses and depression.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Directed by: Ryan Nicholson
Written by: Ryan Nicholson and Patrick Coble
Produced by: Patrick Coble, Michelle Grady,
Wolfgang Hinz, Stephanie Jennings,
Ryan Nicholson, Dan Walton

Cinematography by: Jay Gavin
Editing by: Jay Gavin
Special Effects by: Jon Funk
Music by: Patrick Coble
Cast: Debbie Rochon, Dan Ellis, Nathan Dashwood, Ronald Patrick Thompson, Lloyd Kaufman, Wade Gibb, Alastair Gamble, Candice Lewald, Nadia Grey, Stephanie Walker, Randy Jones, Rochelle Lynn-Jones, Susan Arum, Wayne Phillips, Michelle Grady, Ra-da-tat-tat
Year: 2009
Country: Canada
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 30min

Distributor: Plotdigger Films.