Basically, this is one of the most unflinching and brutal films ever made. There's very little point in that aspect beyond the utterly phenomenal gore effects here, which is where this one truly shines. With this one detailing the systematic and near ritualistic carving of his body while being driven to madness doing so, the effects showcased here are some of the most unnerving and realistic ever depicted on screen as the scars and blood flow featured here become truly nauseating in their effectiveness. From slicing open their hand and forehead to the peeling of various wounds open, taking a power drill to their leg and removing their toenails as well as the outright disturbing sequence of jamming a drill-bit into an orifice that really doesn't seem believable that a person would survive such a dismembering. This becomes such a common feature throughout this as the realistic nature of the piece manages to afford this one completely engrossing and realistic material, managing to make for a graphic yet still believable experience. There are several issues with this, however. The main point of the effort is the fact that this isn't entirely driven much beyond a need to showcase the admittedly effective, realistic and repugnant gore effects, leaving this devoid of any story whatsoever. The connection between his past haunting him and his desire to carve into himself isn't made clear at all, and with the completely ambiguous nature of the goddess lurking within the confines of the story, the film essentially runs as a special effects showcase without any other kind of purpose. The painstaking ritualistic manner in which he goes about undertaking everything before he starts is completely missing, and there's a sense of confusion of what each of the different processes means in the long run, causing that empty overall feeling. As well, the fact of him continually stopping to take a cigarette after every dismemberment makes this feel a little too start-stop with it's pacing, highlighting the fact that the blood flow and continuous cutting and wounds here should've killed him far earlier that it does. Still, these are all that really holds this one back.
Rated Unrated/NC-17: Continuous Extreme Graphic Violence, Full Male and Female Nudity and Graphic Language.