Traces of Death is a collection of archive film and borrowed stock footage, notorious for its pointless exploitative content. In its opening you see the death of a woman named Maritza ... See full summary »
Maritza Martin Munoz,
Join your fiendish host, Dr. Vincent van Gore, as he leads you into the forbidden world of the dead. Only the most disgusting and horrifying car crashes, suicides and murders are presented.... See full summary »
Late at night, a woman is kidnapped by an unknown assailant and taken back to his blood-spattered dungeon, where he turns her into a "flower of blood and flesh" through a series of dismemberment and evisceration.
"Banned In America" shows video clips of the darkest elements of human nature, society, and life; the very things that bring fear and disgust into our collective existences. Whether it be ... See full synopsis »
A group of guys capture a young girl with the intent of hurting her. They torture her in many ways, from beating her to putting a sharp piece of needle-like metal through her eye which ... See full summary »
... well, this confused mish-mash of clips provides just that. This video was clearly thrown together by someone with no more equipment than a digital titler and two home VCRs.
Whilst most of the more famous Mondo/shockumentary films have some kind of context, this is totally abandoned in TRACES OF DEATH in favour of unrelenting, and unrelated, violence. All of the footage was stolen from other Mondos, which should immediately invalidate the narrator's ("Brain Damage", aka Damon Fox, presumably also the individual responsible for editing this mess together) hammed-up claims that TOD is "the world's FIRST all-real shockumentary!".
Some of the movies plundered here include SWEET AND SAVAGE, SHOCKING ASIA, DAYS OF FURY and FACES OF DEATH III. Whilst I wouldn't EVER go so far as to recommend a Mondo film, you'd be better off checking out those original movies rather than this one. The true "art" in Mondo film-making is building a context, and even an (often dubious!) social commentary around the footage in question, creating a (potentially) watchable and thought-provoking shock-fest. TRACES OF DEATH does none of this. It is truly a Mondo for the "Beavis And Butthead" generation. And if this doesn't scare you off, be warned that the entire film has a Relapse Records death/grind metal sound-track...
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