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"L.A. Zombie Hardcore" has a lot in common with the film "Shortbus", another pseudo-art drama-porno film
Another strange/sick & twisted film by Writer/Director Bruce Labruce. If you are a gay and/or bisexual male, you will be turned-on a little while watching various scenes. Minutes later you might feel disgusted while watching some scenes, like I was. There is never a real story or entertaining plot to follow in any of his films. He often uses real porn actors/street prostitutes to star in his films because there is always real sex performed within his films. L.A. Zombie Hardcore is most definitely a standard gay porn film with a feeble attempt at storytelling. This is Bruce Labruce's style when he writes and directs this type of film.
This review can also be applied to the film, Shortbus as well. Don't get me wrong, I love porno films and I also love mainstream films as well but I know the difference between what is and what isn't porn when I see it. The director of Shortbus was smart enough to edit out 60% of the gay sex scenes that was filmed, adding a few heterosexual sex scenes, which made it easier to blend into mainstream movie theaters. Which became a popular film, making a lot of money, strangely? L.A. Zombie Hardcore was made first because Bruce Labruce got to do yet another "personal" pornographic film with a hint of a storyline, making it fit into the gay "artistic" film genre, like all his movies in the last 3 decades have also. He hires hot porn actors as well as everyday looking yet attractive fairly new actors. In this film, he cast gay male porn actors and a few actors that have worked on some of his other films in the past. Like Tony Ward who plays a homeless guy along with one of Tony's best friends in real life, an actor/clothing designer from the show Project Runway.
Bruce Labruce usually writes a part for himself in his films where he can also join the fun like the actors but I didn't spot him creeping/spying or sniffing any of the cast in this film, like he did so famously in his film Hustler White starring Tony Ward, almost 20 years ago.
L.A. Zombie Hardcore is worth seeing just to say you saw yet another low budget sick, twisted explicitly pornographic gay art film that. Only gay men that get high on drugs and poppers would call this film "a profound work of orgasmic art". I call it just another low budget "artsy" porno film.
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