Directed by: Emanuele De Santi, Giulio De Santi
Written by: Emanuele De Santi, Giulio De Santi
Stars: Emanuele De Santi, Valeria Sannino... read more

Year: 2011
Genrer: Action, Crime, Gore, Horror, SciFi
Run time: 1h 24 min
My rating: 3.5 out of 5

It was a long time since I watched something extreme and efficiently from the Italian film archives, so I managed to coax up an independent film company called Necrostorm, founded by Giulio De Santi, and is directed by Giulio De Santi and Tiziana Machella. Together these guys constitute and produce extremely violent movies and video games, and it is obvious that they want to capture our realistic world with a fantasy world and formulate a distorted world view of the Earth's destruction.

In 2011 I heard about their debut film Adam Chaplin. It was rumored that this would be the first film that blends extreme measures in anime with the realism of horror. I was very skeptical about this statement because it gives false advertising. This isn't the first film of its genre at all. We already have Story of Ricky, Flower of Flesh & Blood, Mermaid in a Manhole and Tokyo Gore Police among a series of films based on the extreme violence of anime mixed with a realism of horror. Despite this brazen attempt to assert the above, I gave it a chance and I don’t regret it.

This film is set in the fictional landscape of Heaven Valley and talks about Adam, who after his wife's suspicious death begins to investigate the murder and discovers the local mob boss Denny Richards. In this neighborhood you can't trust the police - they are corrupt and controlled by Denny. Meanwhile, Adam is consumed by anger and summons a demon who offers him superhuman strength and dark powers. The demon follows him during his journey, promising to lead Adam to the murderer on one condition; if he does all the things that the demon questioning him to do. This will unleash a bloody war that brings Adam to the police with their dark allies - the fight begins and it will be completed in a very extreme way.

The story about Adam Chaplin is narrowly based on James O'Barr's series "The Crow" and the drama around it seems to come from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's "Faust." If we mix the story with the violence from "Story of Ricky" and the live-action scenes from "Fist of the North Star," then we have a simple description of how Adam Chaplin looks like. Director Emanuele de Santi have borrowed freely from many of the above favorites and he made something completely own of it. Although this is Emanuele Santi's debut film, they have worked diligently with this unique production. Adam Chaplin is an independent film, but might as well have been a big production. The special effects are below the mark (Hyperrealistic Anime Blood Simulation) and is a relatively new effect which hasn't been used too much in these so-called "thin films". The splatter effects are hand-made, but a lot of the buildings, firearms, storms and rain is constructed with help of CGI. It gives a mixed contrast that captures us into a kind of living comic book.

What disappointed me the most was how they took advantage of all the slow-motion effects in wrong contexts. During the fight, it worked really well, but sometimes they threw the effects into completely disjointed scenes that destroyed some of the film's mood. The environment and the atmosphere looks like a post-apocalyptic decay in Italy from the 80s. Here we find some of the most bizarre characters I've ever seen. It's like a cross between the characters of Ryan Nicholson's movie "Hanger" and Jim Van Bebber's "Deadbeat at Dawn". Almost all the characters look like degenerate freaks and it's very cool done.

I think Adam Chaplin is really good, but it's over hyped to call this "the world's bloodiest movie ever made." I was expecting a non-stop movie, but there's actually a 30-minute sequence only consisting of dialogues. Sure, it's important to tie together a good story in front of the violence, but I wished they could have slapped together the story with violence so it didn't became too lengthy.

Anyway, If you like extreme movies that are filled with sharp-charged action sequences, fountain-escalated bloodstains and fancy moves, then this is definitely a movie for you. Some scenes are nicely done and doesn't stop to surprise anyone. And oh, don't forget that there is a previously released extended version contains new scenes and where the blood is escalated to half as much outpourings.


Produced by: Emanuele De Santi, Giulio De Santi
Cinematography by: Emanuele De Santi
Editing by: Emanuele De Santi
Special Effects by: Emanuele De Santi
Music by: Emanuele De Santi
Country: Italy
Language: Italian
Color: Color

Distributor: Necrostorm