Mark of the Devil
Performed by Monte Cazazza
Written by Monte Cazazza, Chris Warden and Joseph Jacobs
Vocals, Percussion, Synthesizers, Magnetic Tape by Monte Cazazza
Vocals, Percussion, Bass, Bass Synthesizer by Chris Warden
Synthesizers, Percussion by Joseph Jacobs
Piano, Electronics by Mark Ellinger
Electric Guitar by Bond Bergland
Linn Drum by Leo Knapp See more »
Not so "true" after all, but still pretty entertaining!
I believe, that almost everyone of those who've heard something about Monte Cazazza, also have heard about his crazy antics and his sick and strange sense of humour, as many would say. For example a story of "cement waterfall" in the college of arts and crafts, where Monte created a cement waterfall that permanently disabled the main stairway of the building, or a story of "skylab crash" in 1979 (when American space station "skylab" was going to crash), where Cazazza and Genesis P. Orridge was digging a huge pit all day long for a three days, so it would look like "skylab" have crashed in Cazazza's back yard. And it's just a few of a many Cazazza's pranks, so from the beginning of this movie I knew that I will see some of Monte's pranks here as well.
If you saw one of the many shockumentaries, which was gaining popularity back in the late 80's, then you basically know the content of these movies. "True Gore" is a bit different and as Cazazza said in one of his interview, where he talked about the video screening of "True Gore" - "it's much better than the "Faces Of Death". Of course you'll see here injuries and deaths - some are real, some are faked. I couldn't resist to mention the suicide attempt moment in this movie, where the man tried to kill himself with a shotgun. He shot himself, but somehow, by the miracle, doctors saved his life. We see a photo of this man right after the accident - a split wide apart face (actually it's more like a mess that reminds that it was a face before) and after we see how this man have to live after his survival with his "re-constructed" face. Also you'll hear an audio recording of the last speech of Jim Jones (the founder and leader of the "Peoples Temple", which more than 900 members committed suicide in the November 18, 1978). Maybe it's not so rare, because there was a segment with the last speech of Jim Jones at TOPY's "First Transmission" before and even the picture disc LP with this speech was released in 1983 by Jordi Valls (aka Vagina Dentata Organ) and have provoked outrage on a number of occasions, but anyway it's pretty rare material.
As I said before - "True Gore" is a bit different from other shockumentaries. Except death-based themes, we can see for example an extracts from Cazazza's short movie "SXXX-80" or extracts from the live performance of Cazazza and band "Factrix" video called "Night Of The Succubus". There is even a Cazazza's video clip in this movie (you can find the one on youtube by the way). Talking about Monte's pranks that I've mentioned before - I've liked the faked interview with an anonymous female necrophile played by Debra Valentine, and an anonymous serial killer played by Cole Palme. I've remembered the intro ("psychiatric" review) from the CD "The Worst Of Monte Cazazza" - it has the same goal - everything has to be serious. The interviews with these two "psychos" in this movie is like a real ones. It was shot in one take, actors was reading from the script and despite the fact, that it wasn't real, Cazazza created a very eerie atmosphere during all "interview". Brilliant work Monte!
So, what can I say? "True Gore" is pretty entertaining piece in my opinion. Maybe because it's rare, maybe because it was created by "Cazazza and Co.", but it has something different, that most of other shockumentaries doesn't have and you just don't feel like watching them again after you watched it once, but "True Gore" is a bit different. Cazazza by the way is listed in this movie as "creative consultant", but I think he is the main man responsible for this movie. So take a look at it if you'll get a chance.
There are 2 versions of this movie by the way (English and Japanese). They are a bit different. English version has some alternating scenes and isn't cencored like Japanese. Actually "True Gore" came out in Japan first, while the film makers was fighting with the distributors in US. The English version of "True Gore" was released on VHS by "Wavelenght Video". Both versions are hard to find, but it's easier to track down the Japanese version (some people even thought that Japanese release was the only film version existed!).
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