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The Dark Side of the Womb (2017)
Clearly Not For Everyone
My girlfriend and I occasionally will find some really crazy stuff to watch when we are searching around on amazon prime. I was looking through our watchlist when I came across Dark Side of the Womb, a movie she bookmarked. I read the description once in my head and then aloud. Just to make sure I read it right. I looked at her and asked if she wanted to check it out. "Sure..." she replies. I can easily say this was one of the more antisocial films I have seen recently. And considering what I perceived the material to be about, which I think is acceptance of self and loved ones, it can be extremely jarring for the average person. Hell, I don't think most people are going to sit through this one.
The film opens from within a womb of a woman giving birth. She has two children. One she believes is perfect and the other is a dwarf she absolutely cannot stand. Many years pass and they both grow into adulthood. The "loved" son is going out one day when a pair of clowns come along, cut off his hands and his head, and attached a gopro to his head. They than proceed to attached the appendages to balloons and the limbs float away. My girlfriend nearly cheered for that scene.
And again we are inside another lady's womb. After ninth months this lady gives birth to a grown mans head. This head is put on a headless body and becomes a killer clown with a permanent "Joker" like smile on his face.
In short, the dwarf forms a bond with the woman that gives birth to the head and they fall in love. The get married and all looks well until the psycho clown murders her and himself. The dwarf discovers the left over carnage and, in a fit of madness, cuts her open and climbs into her body. He discovers that the her organs are all living people (much like Herman's Head if anyone remembers that). The heart, which is a fat black man wearing a diaper, explains that he is the part of her that fell in love with him, the dwarf. A bunch of lunacy ensues and the dwarf decides to stay inside of her. The woman turns out not to be dead and ends up giving birth to the dwarf as a full grown man baby.
And that's the long and short of it.
This movie is not for everyone. I cannot stress that enough. I feel that the writer/director, Sam Salerno, seems to have been heavily inspired by the works of Jodorowsky and Lynch. Don't hate me for saying that, but it's the best I could think of. The acting style seems intentionally wacky and cold. The narrative is mostly incoherent. The special effects as well seem intentionally awful. The camera never even shy's away from how fake some of the body parts look. Everything felt intentional, which again is going to be jarring. Especially since I feel the material is about self acceptance and loving someone else for exactly who they are. All of that seems to get lost in translation. Again, it feels intentional.
Is this a bad movie? Oh wow, yes. People are going to beat up on this one. But, I found it rather enjoyable. It held my interest throughout. Probably because the film is so outlandishly weird. Feels almost like a string of consciousness brought on by LSD or mushrooms.
Anyway, good luck with this one. I will probably watch it again, but I highly doubt most will.
A Surprisingly Great, No Budget Horror Film
I should start by saying that The Ballad of Skinless Pete is not for everyone. Horror fans that prefer the bigger budget stuff, such as The Conjuring, are probably not going to get this film. For the rest of us horror fans, particularly us that grew up in the 70's or 80's, are going to probably love Skinless Pete. I know I did after just seeing it.
Skinless Pete is the tale of Pete Peele, a doctor working on a cure for cancer. After discovering that the cure for cancer might be in the belly of a parasite, he decides it might be a good idea to test himself with it as he is dying from some form of skin cancer. Much to the chagrin of his close friend, Alice, he injects himself. At first it would appear that it worked, but after a while Pete starts to change into something and before you know it, people start brutally dying.
Does this story sound familiar? It should as it is clearly inspired by The Fly. Having said that, director Dustin Mills makes the film his own having directed, edited, scored and produced. I think what is so impressive with this film is the fact that it was apparently only made for 2000 dollars.
Skinless Pete is, at its core, a pure tragedy with its storytelling. With only a handful of actors in the film, the two leads, played by Erin Ryan and Brandon Salkil, has a surprising amount of on screen chemistry. But I think that Ms Ryan pretty much stole the show. She was convincing and by the end of the film you just feel crushed with what she has to endure. But Mr Salkil did a very good job as well. As Skinless Pete, Salkil had a wonderfully creepy style that was genuinely unnerving at times. Matter of fact, he was downright scary at times.
This is the area that some people might have issues with, and that is the films special effects. For me, it all works very well. The SFX are grisly and downright disturbing at times. To give an example, Pete melts a mans face off and as his face is melting off, Pete proceeds to rip off his lower jaw. Even when I saw it I said aloud, "Man! That's just sick!" For people that can't see past a films low budget though, I really think some people are just going to be negative because although very disturbing, the SFX are low budget. I loved them as there was a couple of times where even I was disgusted.
To end this review, The Ballad of Skinless Pete is a rare movie in 2013. It looks and feels much more like an 80's film, but with a few modern day innovations. It's obvious that director Dustin Mills has a love for the films he grew up with and for the horror genre. Let's hope he keeps coming out with films of this magnitude as horror of late has grown a tad stale with the saturation of ghost films and zombie films.
Original, Bizarre, Worth the Time
Where can you start with Nightwish? For a 96 minute long film it packs in a lot of elements from numerous scifi/horror titles. It will at one point seem like a haunted house flick and then switch to an alien flick and then switch to a mad scientist flick. The film never really finds its identity and the continuity is all over the place. But the point is is that it all works.
The film has to do with parapsychologists that are researching how to die in your dreams. They head out to an old abandoned mansion that is said to be haunted to continue their research only to find out there is a lot more going on then just a haunting.
The movie kind of plays out like a nightmare. Nothing is ever how it actually seems and there are many moments that just seem too dreamlike to be considered plausible for logic. Acting though is a mixed bag. You have a hilarious character of Dean played by Brian Thompson that is noteworthy along with Jack Starret and Robert Tessier but the dialog itself is probably to blame for any of bad performances. Some characters will blurt out some really inane dialog.
Special effects are hokey but they still work. When you see the alien worm like creature it doesn't actually look that bad. And one characters demise at the end of the film is particularly disgusting.
And for those that look for it there is a fair bit of nudity in the film from a very good looking blond! And the film does touch on some eroticism in the second half.
It is worth the watch but I don't think there is any American dvds of the movie so you will probably have to search out the VHS.