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Ex Drummer (2007)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 31 January 2007 (Belgium)
Three handicapped losers who form a band ask famous writer Dries to be their drummer. He joins the band and starts manipulating them.


Koen Mortier


Herman Brusselmans (novel), Koen Mortier (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dries Vanhegen Dries Vanhegen ... Dries (as Dries Van Hegen)
Norman Baert Norman Baert ... Koen de Geyter
Gunter Lamoot Gunter Lamoot ... Jan Verbeek
Sam Louwyck Sam Louwyck ... Ivan Van Dorpe
François Beukelaers François Beukelaers ... Pa Verbeek
Bernadette Damman Bernadette Damman ... Mother Verbeek
Joris Van Der Speeten Joris Van Der Speeten ... Jan Verbeek 10 years
Nancy Denijs Nancy Denijs ... Ivan's Wife
Nomie Visser Nomie Visser ... Ivan's Daughter
Dolores Bouckaert Dolores Bouckaert ... Lio
Wim Willaert ... Jimmy
Barbara Callewaert Barbara Callewaert ... Christine
Jan Hammenecker Jan Hammenecker ... Dikke Lul
Vinnie Bonduwe Vinnie Bonduwe ... Friend Dikke Lul
Chantal Wannyn Chantal Wannyn ... Erna


Every village has its band of fools, trying to get to the top, following their idols in drug habits, but staying losers till the end of their pathetic days. They all do this in the name of rock & roll. Three disabled rock musicians are looking for a drummer. Dries, a well known writer, seems the right guy for the job, were it not for the fact that his only handicap is that he can't play the drums. He joins the group as a perfect, but evil god walking down his mountain to play with the populace. With the arrival of this infiltrator, personal disputes and family feuds start to jeopardize the band's fragile future. Dries will manipulate them till they are willing to drink each others blood and their only future is written down in many Punk lyrics: "No Future". Written by Koen Mortier

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Based on the novels by Belgium author Herman Brusselmans. See more »


Lio: Why do you want to play with that f**king band?
Dries: I don't really know. I think I want to step outside my happy world. Descend into the depths of stupidity, ugliness, obtuseness, unfaithfulness and fakeness. Latch onto the life of losers, but without belonging to that world - and in the knowledge that I can always return to my own world... and to you.
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It's like watching TRAINSPOTTING for the first time all over again. The funniest film I've seen in years!
7 April 2009 | by tonymurphyleeSee all my reviews

EX DRUMMER is about a group of three very sick, handicapped punks who are in a punk band, practicing to play a single concert at the battle of the bands. They recruit a famous renowned writer to be their drummer. However, once he becomes part of their group he decides to take advantage of his being higher up on the social spectrum than they are and begins to manipulate them and turn them against each other. Soon they begin to lash out at each other, but this drummer's actions soon have unexpected consequences.

EX DRUMMER is an ultimately fascinating and furious piece of work. As a film, EX DRUMMER is one hell of a sick rush. I will state right now that about 95% of people who will see it will find it to be either the most disturbing film ever made or the most offensive or both. Personally, it doesn't quite reach that honor in my mind, but regardless of all that I do think that it's one of the funniest films I've seen in years and certainly one of the all time greatest black comedies. When I mean black, I mean pitch black. Blacker than coal. Black as ultimate evil.

I rarely find the content that is depicted in this film to ever be funny, but this film pushes everything to such an extreme that it becomes ultimately surreal in it's humorous nature. EX DRUMMER is such an extreme, taboo breaking, and brave film that one has to feel at least appreciative of it's success in milking so much humor out of it's grotesque horror.

The three main characters are sick. One beats and rapes people nonstop and has a skewed perspective as his view apparently is upside-down. His handicap is that he has a speech impediment, but who's to say that that's a real handicap? One is a homosexual who's mother is domineering and whose father is chained to his bed. He can't bend his arm due to a masturbation mishap. One is a deaf junkie who is also a wife beater and a father of a baby girl. His wife and child are both also junkies.

These are the most sympathetic characters however. The real monster of the film is the drummer. The drummer is rich and lives in a wonderful condo with his wife who brings other women to bed for them to have multiple sex partners with. Aside from these people, we also have a man named "Big Dick" who's penis is extremely large and dangerous. We also have a huge cast supporting cast of freaks, degenerates, queers, and general all around scum.

Imagine a combination of IRREVERSIBLE, TRAINSPOTTING, MAN BITES DOG, and DiG! and you'll have an idea as to what this film is like. This film is one of the goriest, most brutal, shocking, sexually explicit, bizarre, and gritty films I can say I've ever seen. However, it's such a fantastic and brave piece of film-making that it deserves to be admired for it's sheer reckless nature in it's extreme desires. Everyone, including black people, women, homosexuals, AND homophobic people all better beware. They might be offended by the content in this film.

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