5/24/15

HER NAME WAS TORMENT (2014)

Written by: Greigh Johanson

It's quite elevated when it comes to Necrophilia nowadays that extreme directors spit out this type of paraphilia as if it were an everyday occurrence and it can become very boring and repetitive when directors don't come up with something new. But in the case of Her Name Was Torment, director Dustin Mills chose to experiment with the theme and made a grindhouse film in a fragrant art-house style. It's an innovation that I have great hope for.




While the US director Dustin Mills from Frog Town (Toledo, Ohio) will continue to release his more significant contributions from Dustin Mills Productions, he has also begun to make darker and meaner exploitative films released under his other company Crumpleshack Films. The first release was Her Name Was Torment, an experimental project that is a full-scale audio/visual assault on the viewer, throughout 50 minutes of its playing time.

The slight plot concerns a woman who is being interviewed by an off screen psychiatrist after she has been declared unfit to stand trial for multiple murders that she committed. The victims were mutilated so badly that identifying them has been virtually impossible. What would make her commit such atrocities? Well, luckily for the viewers, the film decides to show just how this woman tortured one of her victims. There's a lot of mutilation, fun with teeth and nails, a bit of necrophilia, and more.

The film consists of two scenarios that slowly merge with one another. One scenario is about the psychiatrist who is recording sessions with the female serial killer. You can't really figure out her identity. It's as if she never existed before she started murdering people. She was arrested because she committed twenty-seven murders, but deemed unfit to stand trial. Curiously, the remains of twenty-four of her victims are still unidentified. It's as if they, just like her, never existed. As the psychiatrist describes it; this woman may be a ghost who kills ghosts.

The second scenario is a sequence of the long and torturous murder of one of her victims. We find a man bound in a chair in her garage and slowly he gets cut up, piece by piece. Our killer wears a mask, a pair of gloves, boots, briefs and a plastic smock as she dissects and takes apart this young man, collects all of his pieces in bottles and buckets and takes samples.

Her Name Was Torment is a fantastically interesting film with a lovely dark touch, I thought so highly of it that I gave it a place on last years top list. When Dustin Mills decided to make a film with a prolonged torture sequence, he took a different approach to the bloody centerpiece and created a mythological story to give purpose to it. This torture isn't about people who want to harm their fellow human beings for entertainment purposes. Our serial killer teaches her victims and gives them lessons by causing them great bodily harm.

Like many titles I choose to review, this film is not meant for everyone. A regular horror-maniac would possibly not appreciate these scenarios because this is much more profound and artistically executed than ordinary horror films about serial killers. It has practical effects, which I love, it also has a unique sound design. If you like creeping and disturbing films with fully detailed torture, this is absolutely a film for you.

Rating: 4 out of 5.



Directed by: Dustin Mills
Written by: Dustin Mills
Produced by: Nick Gootee, Jason West
Cinematography by: Dustin Mills
Editing by: Dustin Mills
Special Effects by: Dustin Mills
Music by: ?
Cast: Allison Egan, Jackie McKown, Dustin Mills, Brandon Salkil
Year: 2014
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: B/W
Runtime: 50min

Distributor: Dustin Mills Productions/  Crumpleshack Films.




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