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Ultra low budget Henenlotterian body-horror
Disembodied is about a young woman named Connie Sproutz (Anastasia Woolverton) on the run from the Plasmaster corporation. It turns out she is some of of genetic experiment with half-human/half-extraterrestrial DNA. She has been on the run for years and our story begins with her taking refuge in a place called the Grand Hotel which may be the dumpiest/sleaziest hotel in history.
Connie has a strange growth on the side of her face which spurts a liquid that dissolves humans down to their brains which she then devours. She later gives birth to bloody blob-like things which seem to contain the essence of theses brains. This is shown in graphic detail a couple of times. She only seems to kill transients or low-life's. Her hotel has a hole in the side of the wall which is how she meets her only friend, a nice and attractive prostitute named Trixie who doesn't seem to mind how weird Connie is.
Other than the scientist the only other character who gets much screen time is the sleazy and gross hotel night clerk who keeps trying to get the girls to watch educational films on super 8 with him. He is unsuccessful and later on tries to have his way with Trixie. He notices Connie watching from the hole in the wall and reaches his arm through to grab her. The films gory highlight happens here as Connie grabs a saw out of her dresser (where she has rocks, tools and lots of other odd items stored) and proceeds to saw his arm off in the film's bloodiest scene. He even manages to make it into Connie's room, spurting blood from his stump but he ends up like so many of her other victims, dissolved down to his brain and then devoured. Connie also has strange visions of alien worlds.
Disembodied is a strange body-horror film populated with weird/sleazy characters and a vibe/setting you'd find in most Frank Henenlotter films (especially Basket Case and Brain Damage) or something like Slime City. Fans of Frank's films should seek this out but don't expect it to be as good as his films. There is no nudity, but the actress who plays Trixie is quite attractive. There are a few gore scenes and slimy creatures. The FX are decent for the budget, all practical or stop motion. The acting is fine for this type of film. Some scenes are too dark though. It runs about 78 minutes which is about the right length. Fans of stuff like Basket Case, Slime City, The Soultangler, The Deadly Spawn, etc. should seek this out.
Fun zombie gore short
Axed is an ultra-low budget fast-paced 30 minute gory zombie short from Australia. While lacking in plot and character development, zombie/gore fans like me will find a lot to enjoy here. Dialogue is kept to a bare minimum and the film moves quickly much like the zombies. While I usually enjoy slow zombies the running ones in this didn't detract from the fun. The gore is plentiful and CGI FX are kept to a minimum. The body count(both zombie and human) is quite high. The gore fx are mostly quite good minus a couple of weak CGI moments, I just wish the gore had been lingered on a little longer. The best gore scene is a zombie head split in two with the main character's axe, luckily this is one of the few gore scenes lingered on. Other gore includes lots of gun shot wounds/headshots, zombie gut munching, a nasty looking clawed throat and a neat scene where a hand gets hacked off and a zombie immediately starts munching on the blood spurting stump while another zombie picks up the severed hand to devour. The actual zombie fx are kept to a minimum but the few that are scene are well done.
Being such a low budget film it does have it's flaws. The plot is almost nonexistent. All we know is that there are zombies and there appear to be government squads out finding and executing infected survivors. The main character's name is Bruce (any horror fan will know what that is a reference to), only he uses an axe instead of a chainsaw. Most of the film is spent with him being chased by both the zombies and government clean up squads. There's no point in commenting on the acting as there's hardly any dialog. My only big issue with the film is even though it's supposed to be color it appears to be B&W for much of the film. The gore would have been much more enjoyable in full color. The fast, jerky editing during the gore scenes could have been toned down a bit as well.
Overall, Axed is a great watch for fans of low budget zombie and gore films. It's in no way an original zombie film but it's filled with plentiful blood and gore, action, quality FX and very few slow parts. It's a good way to spend 30 minutes.
Tanz der Kürbisköpfe (1996)
OK early Bethmann gore
Tanz der Kurbiskopfe aka Dance of the Pumpkinhead is a very low budget early film from prolific gore/porn/sleaze director, Andreas Bethmann. I watched the film in German with no subtitles. The plot is pretty simple, a a zombie rises from the grave and uses a jack-o-lantern to murder random people. He's also able to possess people's minds to make them do his bidding.
The film starts out well with a woman nailed to a wall getting stabbed in the crotch with a spike dildo, though it looks more like the killer is jamming it into the wall between her legs. While the film is somewhat tedious and padded it still manages to evoke a creepy atmosphere. This is done with heavy use of fog and a graveyard location which is always scary. The eerie music adds to the creepy atmosphere. The scenes of the flying carved pumpkinhead are also pretty menacing as we see them from his POV. He travels through the graveyard in a nice scene, stalking a pathetic needle junkie staying there for the night or possibly living there. He decapitates (off screen) this pitiful waste of humanity. We are treated to the first decent gore scene of his headless corpse spurting blood onto a tombstone. Other gore scenes include a poor fellow impaled on a piece of wood with the sharp end coming out of his mouth, a woman decapitated with a shovel ala Day of the Dead and a couple other bloody bits. For a Bethmann film there is very little nudity and no sex. I don't care about the acting and I doubt anyone else watching a film like this would either. Not nearly as gory as most low budget stuff from the likes of Ittenbach, Rose, Schnaas. This drags less and is bloodier than Bethmann's next film Die Insel der Damonen (The Island of the Demons). Overall this is a decent watch for fans of ultra-low budget SOV horror stuff with good atmosphere and an OK amount of blood and gore.
Demons at the Door (2004)
This cheesy horror film is about 4 people trapped in a building while being besieged by a horde of hellish demons. They include a tough macho soldier who resembles Robert Z'Dar, a black soldier who says the MF word frequently, a female scientist who looks like a less attractive Emanuelle Vaugier and her father. The old man gets dispatched fairly early on getting his head pulled down a drain and ripped off. There is also an archangel with huge muscles who resembles a young Lou Ferrigno. He's not in the film long though as he can't interfere in a war between hell and mortals so unfortunately we don't get to see him tear any demons to pieces.
The film is filled with funny dialog from the Robert Z'Dar looking guy and lots of vulgar sexual/racist dialog from the taunting demons. The demon designs are pretty neat including some that resemble Syngenor/Alien/Humanoids from the Deep type creatures. The big main demon is obviously modeled after Cthulhu. There is also a nasty eel like demon which is tortured by the black soldier who rips out his teeth one by one. They then have a duel and the demon is ripped in half spewing green demon blood all over in an amazing scene. The film is pretty bloody and gory over all, though most of the blood is demon blood. It also features decapitations and severed limbs and demons shot up, hacked up and chainsawed.
The CGI is pretty awful but that only adds to the fun in a film like this. The film is fairly fast paced and there's almost always something weird or hilarious going on so fans of this kinda film shouldn't get bored. There's even a shower scene and a little bit of nudity. This film has just about everything someone could want- blood, gore, nudity, action, cool creatures, attempted demon rape and funny one liners. It feels a little bit like Evil Dead 2 and would almost be on par with that film if it wasn't for the putrid ICP music. For those that don't know ICP are white rapping clowns from Detroit who like Faygo and wrestling. The ICP music detracts from the scenes it's used in and almost anything else would be better.
The ending is great with the macho dude going to hell and facing the devil's queen, a disgusting fat woman who attacks him with farts. He lops off her head and then blows up the devil (who is a small cute dog). He and the black dude now rule hell, so the film has a happy ending.
The Summer of Massacre (2012)
Watch this if you like bad CGI gore and man-butt...
Blood Pigs, Zombie 90: Extreme Pestilence, The Burning Moon, Das Komabrutal Duell, Bone Sickness, VS trilogy...these are great ultra-gorefests but The Summer of Massacre is just retarded. It's fatal flaw is that 99% of the blood and gore is CGI. And CGI alone is bad enough but this is really, really bad CGI. And the filmmakers blatantly lie about the bodycount of 155. There's maybe 55 on screen kills. Already dead bodies laying around shouldn't count towards the body count and I hope Guinness revokes their world record for body count in a slasher film (if this isn't a blatant lie). I thought Joe Castro was a practical FX man? I've enjoyed his films such as Evil Unleashed, Legend of the Chupacabra and Jackhammer Massacre which if I remember correctly had almost 100% practical gore fx. Why couldn't he do that here? Is he that lazy? This film with all practical gore and blood would have been awesome. No one has ever liked CGI and it's even more hated when it comes to blood and gore. Not only were the fx horrid but the death scenes were stupid. A guy getting a remote control pushed through his mouth and splitting his head? A guy's head getting crushed with a seatbelt? Some of the stuff in the burn story was kinda neat despite still being very dodgy fx wise. Another knock on the film is the complete lack of female nudity and that wouldn't be a big deal if there wasn't any male nudity which unfortunately there was. There was even a sex scene with no nudity. The male nudity wasn't confined to the behind either...trying to tell us something Joe? This is an anthology by the way and none of the stories are worth mentioning. I dare you next time to top this film Joe, but with 100% practical blood and gore fx. Brian Paulin made 3 films just as gory as this and much, much better without any CGI at all and probably even less money than you wasted on this disappointment.
Good but not enough gore
Sweatshop is a pretty gory slasher film about a bunch of teens setting up a rave getting bumped off by a dude with a giant hammer. That's really all you need to know about the plot. The characters are mostly uninteresting but the redneck was amusing. The whole rave thing is an instant turn off. There wasn't much nudity and more would have been appreciated though the women in the cast were mostly nothing special looking.
The main reason you're watching this is for the gore and while there are a few notable scenes, it's really not that great. A pulled off jaw and a head smashed through a grate are a couple of the better scenes. Most of the kills with the giant hammer itself are weak and not very graphic, mostly just the bodies being pushed down without much blood. The main villain was pretty cool. There were also these female zombie chicks roaming around not doing much. There's no explanation as to why they are there and they weren't utilized very well.
The gore is still enjoyable and it's a fun film but I can't imagine how much more plentiful and graphic the gore would have been if was made by Olaf Ittenbach, Brian Paulin or even Andreas Schnaas. Imagine the ending scene of this film if was done like the endings of The Burning Moon or Premutos. It would have taken this film to a whole other gory level.
Bigfoot vs. park ranger Wade
Primal starts with 3 young people wandering through the forest who get bumped off by a bigfoot-like creature. The movie wastes no time in showing the creature and it's shown often throughout the movie. The creature is a decent looking man in a suit though a little on the goofy side with long arms. Later we meet a group of uninteresting environmentalists who mostly get bumped off by the creature.
Later we meet park ranger Wade, estranged brother of Julie. Julie has come there with her fiancée to invite Wade to her wedding. Wade has spent the last few years alone in the woods, obsessing about bigfoot, evicting squatters and burning down meth labs. The people he works for don't want to hear his stories about bigfoot for fear of ruining tourism in the area. Wade may lead an exciting life but he has limited social skills. Wade and Julie's fiancée spend most of their screen time having awkward conversations that even make the viewer feel uncomfortable. To make matters worse the only food he has for them is unappealing generic cereal served with water instead of milk, this really irritates the fiancée.
The remaining members of the environmentalist group hide out in a meth lab and end up battling it out with the angry meth-heads as Wade and his sister are on the way to burn the place to the ground. To make matters worse bigfoot shows up as does Julie's fiancée. Who will survive and what will be left of them? Will Wade go to Julie's wedding? Are all park rangers issued automatic weapons? Well, you won't find out as the movie just kind of ends.
Primal is a passable bigfoot horror with OK acting for the budget level. The shaky camera during the bigfoot attacks is annoying but luckily "flashy" techniques like that are a kept to a minimum. CGI is also mostly absent as well, only appear during one scene and looking quite phony. The gore is minimal and mostly after attack stuff, but the fx are decent. There is no nudity from the cast of average-looking women. A decent time waster for fans of cheap horror flicks like me who rarely dislike any of them.
Blood Pigs (2010)
Greatest gore ever
Blood Pigs is an apocalyptic zombie film and contains the best gore yet from director Brian Paulin easily on par with Bone Sickness. Extremely bloody, graphic and inventive. It takes a little while for the blood to really start flowing but the last half is almost non-stop gore. The acting and plot were fine for a film like this.
The zombies were cool looking as always and the blood pig creatures themselves are very ambitious and gruesome. The film does a good job of building up to seeing the blood pigs for the first time. This is an extremely low budget film but the fx are mostly quite good and it does a fine job of building up an atmosphere of dread and hopelessness for the remaining humans. The bleak ending gives you a feeling that the blood pigs are everywhere and that humanity is doomed. I wouldn't mind seeing a sequel to this with even more creature fx.
The only complaint would be the camera moving around too much during a lot of the gore/action scenes making them a little blurry and hard to focus on the gory goods. No CGI at all is a huge plus! If you like pure gore with inventive, gruesome fx, this is the film for you.
Fatal Exposure (1989)
Jack T. Rippington rules!
I've been looking for Fatal Exposure aka Mangled Alive for around 15 years. I was lucky enough to find it in a VHS box for another film with the Fatal Exposure name. This film follows the murderous exploits of Jack T. Rippington descendant of the original Jack the Ripper. He plays a photographer who bumps off extremely stupid victims in order to drink their blood to increase his sexual potency! Filled with loads of stupid characters to get bumped, cheap but fun HG Lewis style gore and a good amount of nudity from non-ugly women, this is a fun film for fans of 80's SOV type flicks or cheap slashers. The gore fx are decent with the ending scene being a highlight. Gorehounds should go into this expecting a decent amount of gore scenes spread throughout and not thinking it'll be a Blood Pigs or Zombie 90 ultra-gorefest. The over-the-top performance of Blake Bahner as Jack T. Rippington is another highlight. It's a decent enough made film for this budget level without horrible sound that plagues some of these films. A real hidden gem for fans of such cheap gore films as The Soultangler, Revenge of the Living Zombies, 555, Goremet Zombie Chef from Hell, Demon Queen, etc...