Warning: like the movie, this review isn't for the faint of heart
Mild mannered people and those who are easily offended, actually anyone who gets offended in general, might not be ready for the epic that is DEATHGASM.
And remember, it’s DEATHGASM, because lowercase is for p*$#ies – and that’s not us talking, that’s the film! Just one of the many extra saucy quotes you can expect from watching the film about two metal-head teenage boys who accidentally summon a satanic demon known as The Blind One hell bent on taking over the world and damning humanity.
If you had to come up with a recipe to explain DEATHGASM to someone, you would say it’s a healthy dose of a metal version of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny, slathered and smothered in The Evil Dead and Dead Alive (aka Braindead) levels of horror, but modernized. Basically that adds up to hilarious and blood-soaked ridiculousness.
Admittedly, I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I decided to watch this film. Judged solely off the name and ratings, I never could have guessed such irreverent blasphemy and heavy metal antics, and boy was I happily surprised. The thing is though, if you let the subject matter distract you, you might not realize that DEATHGASM is a well written story and film.
DEATHGASM is not just a free-for-all epic. Don’t get me wrong, it is that, but it is also a narrative about being weird-o outcasts, love and friendship. The characters are well developed, the story is perfectly paced (with the exception of a slight lag while transitioning from Act II to Act III) and the dialogue is engaging and original. Added bonus points go to dual roled writer/director Jason Lei Howden who manages to use subtle camera techniques and framing to foreshadow character fates like the pros.
Don’t get us wrong, DEATHGASM is not a serious film, but it’s not often that you get to experience dialogue such as “balls deep into Jesus” – which is just one of many hilarious tidbits from the film. In going so against the grain of typical horror films, DEATHGASM is refreshingly fun and entertaining, but also brutal and outrageous.
For DEATHGASM is, first and foremost, a horror film that uses comedy to make itself a bit more palatable. And for a B-movie, the effects are magnificent. The blood is a bit too red in scenes with natural light, but all other scenes are cringe-worthily gory and gruesome.
The more films I see from New Zealand the more I like New Zealand and would consider braving the monstrous spiders to visit, and that is saying something. If this all sounds good and you watch the film and dislike it, then you are a seriously depraved and disillusioned soul!
Deathgasm – Movie Review