5/15/17

DEATHGASM (2015)

Written by: Laurent Tissier.

If you like your horror gory and the music heavier than hell, then you have to see this crazy movie! The New Zealand movie DEATHGASM is a horror comedy, a feature debut, written and directed by Jason Lei Howden. The New Zealand had earlier delighted us with cult movies such as BAD TASTE and BRAINDEAD (Dead Alive) by Peter Jackson which will remain etched forever in our memories, pleasantly surprised with BLACKSHEEP that may not succeed in giving us an act worthy of joining their predecessors.




Anyway, let's talk about Deathgasm, which plunges us into the life of two Metal fans to save the world from evil spirits. The humorous side of this outcry reminds me a little of AMERICAN PIE in a less idiotic level, but if you've ever expired as a metal worker, you'll recognize some specific similarities. Whether it's the Record store scene, the brief discussion about CANNIBAL CORPSE and Chris Barnes, filming the IMMORTAL tribute Black Metal music-video "Intestinal Bungee Jump" or even seduction through the various styles of music, it will plunge most grown-up metal fans into moments or memories of their past.

I feel that Jason Lei Howden took pleasure in writing and directing this film, which in turn gives us trashy scenes filled with galoons of gore and blood mixed in with fantastic musical atmosphere.

This piece of work is very original in many ideas, It's well done, filled with lots of self-conscious humor where it's allowed to joking about everything about metal and its subgeners. And that's perhaps the only reproach here; returning fans of this musical genre to the rank of idiots and sometimes it can seem shamelessly maybe. But you may not forgotten that Deathgasm is a comedy that doesn't take itself seriously, not at all. For once you have a horror movie about the very controversial medium of Metal and you will not complain either!

The actors play their roles perfectly, but sometimes they feel like caricatures without excess, which Greigh Johanson qualified it (as a joke) of "BILL & TED'S BOGUS JOURNEY" or "WAYNES WORLD VS. EVIL DEAD" ... It sounds amusing at first but somehow true! The film has got the age limit of 18 in many countries mainly due to the use of sextoys which brings a little extra to this one.

Some of the story and its character are also recalling IGGY POP who could have played the protagonist without problem. The extremely well-controlled VFX, sprinkled at various moments in the film, pleasantly surprise and brings credit to the characters which is quite different from each other, but keeps standing united by the music. And not to forget the bloodfilled final - In some moments its special effects are also able to compete with the really huge blockbusters out there.

People who don't like metal music and don't recognize a damn thing about its story may have a bit of trouble with this one, but they can have a good time as well as those who didn't like classical music adored the works of Stanley Kubrick.

DEATGASM remains an unpretentious film coming to the legends, from where others wanted to add their names without getting there!

Rating: 5 out of 5.



Directed by: Jason Lei Howden
Written by: Jason Lei Howden
Produced by: Hamza Ali, Andrew Beattie, Robyn Grace, Sarah Howden, Craig Jackson, Tim Riley,
Morgan Leigh Stewart, Ant Timpson

Cinematography by: Simon Raby
Editing by: Jeff Hurrell, Gareth Van Niekerk
Special Effects by: Sarah Elford,
Storm McCracken, Tim Wells

Music by: Axeslasher, Bulletbelt, Dead Pirate, Elm Street, Skull Fist, Midnight, Beastwars, Goatesque, Razorwyre, Ihsahn, Emperor, Don of the Dead, Pathology,
The Wretched End, Lair Of The Minotaur, 

Cast: Milo Cawthorne, James Blake, Kimberley Crossman, Sam Berkley, Daniel Cresswell, Delaney Tabron, Stephen Ure, Colin Moy, Jodie Rimmer, Nick Hoskins-Smith, Erroll Shand, Kate Elliott, Aaron McGregor, Andrew Laing, Tim Foley, Cameron Rhodes, Campbell Rousselle
Year: 2015
Country: New Zealand
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 26min

Distributor: Dark Sky Films.


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