Having noticed this film when it was put on #1 of the sickest films ever made, I had to see it as I was at the time working on an article about infamous cinema. Having seen quite a few sick and bizarre films (like Saló, Men Behind the Sun, Cannibal Holocaust, the cinema of Miike and yes dare I say: Funny Games) I was poised on watching this one. Was I ever to be disappointed! Mordum tells no story, it's more a collage of rapes, murders and mutilations. In that sense it has a porn kind of look, instead of 15 minute sex-scenes you now have 15 minute scenes of the mentioned above. And after the first scene that gets, strangely enough, very boring and not that offensive. Yes, it has some really hardcore stuff like necrophiliac sex with a minor (yes, very sick) and ruthless murder scenes but don't believe the hype: from the word go it looks artificial (even when you are aware of this). The cheap Blair Witch approach doesn't really work because of the horrific over acting. Instead, it looks more a sadomasochistic home movie made by bored low-lives.
Obviously, this is not for the faint-hearted. The effects are actually pretty OK and the constant swearing (which becomes very annoying) and shaky camera is pretty heavy stuff. But the movie doesn't seem to have any further purpose than just to shock, there is no ideology. That is why I dared to mention Funny Games, which is not just a hard to watch film but also an in your face assault on the viewer's lust for violence. And with that in mind a film like Funny Games (but also Saló for that matter) hits the mark much better and heavier.
Mordum is nothing more than a piece of trash hardcore horror. Of course when a film is marked as being the sickest film ever made people are bound to disagree. I won't contest the fact that this is sick stuff, because it is. But it serves no further meaning and is therefore completely forgettable and inferior to true shocking films (I guess I didn't mention Island of Death, another much more interesting and quite shocking film).
Watch this with care, since it is truly sick. But don't expect a good film. Actually, this film as a piece of film sucks big time! 1/10
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