Extreme Sadism & Violence
What started as a wave of Hollywood serial killer movies and darkly violent horror in the 90s, has deteriorated in the 21st century into a larger wave of movies
focusing on extreme, brutal, over-the-top, nasty, psychologically intense violence and torture. This includes the so-called 'Torture-Porn' sub-genre and the
wave of nasty French horror movies that serve over-the-top brutality and sadism without the levels of extreme gore that
gorehounds expect. Listed here are the most extreme, as well as the violent milestones of the 90s, most of them mainstream movies that take pride in finding
new extreme ways to display or explore sadistic violence on screen. See also Ryan Nicholson,
Rob Zombie's second movie is a surprisingly focused, well-made and tightly edited piece of filthy brutality. There isn't much plot and the whole movie
shows policemen chasing a family of twisted serial killers, only in this case the cop is brutal and takes it personally, even hiring some trashy killers to help him.
Torture, humiliation, bloody violence, evil teases and brutal murders fly from both sides with one filthy, repulsive character after another showing their
faces on screen. The amazingly good direction and unpredictable characters cover up for the flaws and lack of story.
A surprisingly good and intense wildness-survival thriller that earns its violence with realism and three-dimensional characters. This is the movie Last House
on the Left should have been, albeit it focuses on bad parenting and criminally violent teenagers instead of exploitative backwoods psychos. A couple on romantic
vacation encounter a gang of young hoodlums. It starts with rudeness and annoyances, and escalates to shocking levels of violence, with realistic reactions amongst
the teenagers, all driving the adults to desperate, nihilistic measures. It flirts with the border of excess, piling on a bit too many physical and emotional tortures,
but retains its visceral grip. The ending feels too bleak and depressing, but it drives its point one last time to the gut. Think of this as a more extreme Lord of the
Flies, where the deserted island is replaced by very bad parenting. A fitting companion piece to Miike's Scars of the Sun (also good), and the more down-to-earth
and restrained Cherry Tree Lane which is good for a single watch.
Underrated, and very dark crime thriller, that I would never have expected from Joel Schumacher, dealing with snuff films. Nicolas Cage is a detective hired to track
down an alleged snuff movie with unknown authenticity and a missing girl into the hells of extreme underground pornography. The movie intensely and correctly focuses
on the effect of this world on the mind of the detective and his new-found acquaintance (Joaquin Phoenix), and the darkness increases slowly as he digs deeper. Relatively
non-explicit, and it tries hard to show only what it has to, but the subject matter, Cage's performance, and plot events are so dark that this will disturb you in any case.
An intense, balanced and thoughtful exploration of dark perversity.
A controversial attack on violence and its worship by the masses and media. The stylistic,
even avante-garde approach by Oliver Stone and the over-the-top levels of violence and depravity
sickened many people, but this movie does have a message and it is done with a near-excess of style
and talent. For example, depicting the incestuous father and dysfunctional family as an old comedy sitcom
is genius. Most of the movie follows an 'enamored' wild couple in a journey of violence, sex, popularity,
courthouse antics, jail, and beyond.
Natural Born Killers
Park's most twisted entry in his trilogy of cruel vengeance films. An annoying, garrulous man is imprisoned in a tiny apartment for 15 years
by an unknown enemy. When released, games are played with him as he tries to figure out who is after him, bent on revenge and dark thoughts
while developing a strange relationship with a sweet woman. As usual with Park, realistic plot and characters are secondary to style, drives
and ideas, but these abstractions manage to take over the movie in a delirious peak of twisted and cruel creativity. Unique and intense scene after scene
explores cruelty, disturbed minds and revenge with inspired cinematography.
Practically the cinematic event of the decade. It had the whole world buzzing and inspired a slew of
copycats and followers. The cause was the unconventional structure of the movie, telling at least three
intertwining stories and not necessarily in chronological order. That and the smorgasbord of standout characters,
each with his or her own fleshy personality and acted by well known actors. Add to that Tarantinos talent for
fascinating, quirky, down-to-earth dialog and you have a winner. Of course the depravity and violence of most of the
characters and events helped too, featuring things like sodomite rapists, religious assassins and gimps.
Fincher delivers another unusually disturbing, intelligent movie, this time reminiscent of Silence of the Lambs.
An intelligent detective and his aide are tracking down a deranged murderer following some gruesome
killings that seem to be following a pattern of the seven deadly sins. The killer is frighteningly methodical
and seems to have a religious message for the world. The twisted ending is nothing short of brilliance.
Possibly the most popular horror movie ever made, featuring a smart FBI agent in search of a seriously demented serial
murderer who kidnaps his victims, and then softens their skin for days before skinning and killing them. To
help understand this mind, the agent seeks the help of Hannibal the Cannibal, another serial murderer who happens to be
a brilliant, creepy psychologist currently incarcerated and under observation. Matters build up and
get very dark and creepy, and the level of intelligence is kept high until the disquieting end.
Silence of the Lambs
A satire about a rich, narcissistic man in the 80s with a meaningless job, no personality and materialistic obsessions who turns
psychotic and goes on a murdering rampage because of the emptiness inside him. The portrayal and message is right on the mark,
but the problem here is that the movie focuses too much on one despicable, violent exploit after another instead of exploring
his psychology deeper. It runs out of ideas after the first half hour and the surprise ending only detracts by making you think
about the complicated twist in the plot instead of the satire.
An extremely popular and slickly filmed pulp b-movie about a future where teenagers are violent delinquents and as an
illogical disciplinary procedure, grown-ups send a whole team of class-mates to an island and set them off on each
other in a sadistic game. The rules of the game are that only one person leaves the island alive, each of the students
gets a useful or not-so-useful weapon, and they are kept moving and at each other's throats by disallowing more and more
areas on the island. If a rule is broken, an electronic neck collar kills the bearer. Trust and friendships break down
as even gentle teenage girls give in to the stress and carnage and chop up their best friends. Extremely violent, but so
over-the-top, crude and nonsensically stupid (especially the incoherent ending), that it can't be taken seriously as the
social commentary it wants to be.
A borderline entry into the torture genre and a Hostel clone complete with annoying frat-boys trying to get laid in a foreign country (Mexico) and
encountering local brutality instead. The Mexican village is run by a group of scary cultists that even keep the police away through fear, and the
writing is based on a true story. A lot of the gore is off-screen and the movie is mostly an effective, darkly violent thriller, but there are two
sadistic torture scenes and a constant mood of nihilistic violence. Hostel is easy to improve on so when I say this is better than Hostel, it's
only moderate praise.
Starting off as tedious and sick Saw clone where women's survival skills are tested with razor blades in their stomachs, it soon veers into much more
interesting territory: A disturbing psychological tale of a twisted man who keeps women as slaves in the forest, living off the land, while the women
grapple with their fears and broken psyches. Full of dark potential, but the acting is mediocre, the women's behaviour is grossly stupid as they ignore
opportunities over and over again, the psychology isn't explored as deep as I would have wished, and quite a bit of the gore and physical abuse feels
technically unrealistic. A failed attempt.
A serial killer movie following Silence of the Lambs's footsteps, but this one with a twisted theme of food. An Australian cop is after people in Germany
who want to be eaten, and people in the USA who feed and take care of submissive women until they reach 700 pounds and die. The fat, violence and gore
are disgusting enough, but what really sets this movie off into the land of the disturbing are the psychological aspects: The neurotic cop has an equally disgusting
relationship with a (thin) bitch-slut, the Feeder has endless philosophies about female happiness and consumerism and a twisted past with his mother, and the Gainer
(AKA fat woman) is twistedly submissive and ferociously loves and protects her demented feeder. It's crude, over-the-top, often unconvincing, but still
extremely hard to watch and relentless.
When Japan decides to show what it can do with the torture porn genre, you just know it's going to be extreme. This is the torture movie to end all torture movies
as far as extreme sadistic violence is concerned, and I can't imagine a movie ever topping it. There is not much plot; the setup is a deeply disturbed psychotic
who kidnaps a young couple to test their mettle and excite him with their feats of endurance and noble human behaviour, and the whole movie is just a bunch of
torture sequences. What makes this extreme is that it perfectly combines psychology, touching human behaviour, the most extremely gruesome tortures imaginable,
a very disturbing mental profile, a knowledge of when to let the movie breathe so that we don't get too desensitized, and truly sick games that psychologically
ties one victim to the other which makes everything 100 times worse. There's plenty of gore, but the movie, being the focused monster that it is, is much more
interested in facial expressions. Well done, but do you really want to watch this?
Vicious Spanish serial killer movie that belongs together with Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer for its more realistic and clinical approach.
A man who kills his girlfriend in a crime of passion decides to become a meticulous serial killer with a vision and keep a diary for posterity.
He lures prostites and vagrants into his inherited house, then tortures and rapes them for a week before carving them up with a chainsaw to free
their soul. The gore is offscreen but not the screaming and psychological nastiness. Feels brutal due to its realism despite one or two missed details.
H6: Diary of a Serial Killer
The highly anticipated sequel to Silence of the Lambs had huge shoes to fill on every front and unsurprisingly,
it failed on all of them. However, it remains a moderately entertaining, stylistic and gruesome movie thanks to Ridley Scott.
Hannibal is on the loose, and when he's not filling his life with art and erudition, he is killing people in gruesome ways
and cooking their flesh. But he has become less menacing, even campy now. An even more twisted person is after him with gruesome plans for his demise
while the FBI is anxiously awaiting his recapture. Moore can't fill Foster's shoes, and the intellectual substance
and horror aspects of the previous outing are replaced with style and some twisted gore.
I never liked the original so this gorier remake is actually a slight improvement. The plot is the classic people-get-lost-and-encounter-violent-backwoods-folk
that the original helped pioneer, only in this case it involves a whole family that encounters a group of nasty nuclear-fallout mutants in the desert hills. The first
half sets up the characters, and the second is merely one violent fight, chase, death or nasty rape after another with gratuitous brutality including burning alive,
mutant rape by creatures with a thing for mother's milk, and forced incest. This is pretty much pointless nastiness except for the fact that the action is grippingly visceral,
brutal and energetic. As usual, the Hollywood mainstream teenage crowd claim this to be super-gory but it's more like lots of brutal, bloody violence with various weapons
rather than a splatter movie. Followed by the expected idiotic and violent sequel that uses an Aliens 2 plotline involving the military and some ridiculously super-human mutants.
Hills Have Eyes, The (2006)
Way over-hyped Eli Roth horror flick starts with 40 minutes of annoying frat-boys trying to get laid in a boob and sex comedy, then a good
middle-section of visceral horror where they find out that Slovakia caters some repulsive and grisly services, then a dumb all-too-convenient
ending about revenge. That leaves only 30 minutes of good stuff. As with Cabin Fever, the gore is minimal, even off-screen, making me think that
it's the Hollywood slasher crowd that hypes up this flick, but the torture scenes are gruesome nevertheless. Some good touches, like the killer
street-kids, the discussion with a bloodthirsty American whether to kill slow or fast, and the next-day not-so-glamorous girls without their makeup,
but disappointing overall. Perhaps he'll get it right the next time and stay focused. Part 2 is a mostly conventional but better sequel featuring
much less annoying women as both victims and killers, with similar minimal gore but plenty of psychological nastiness, and with a neat payoff at
the end after an hour of dull unsurprising horror.
Hostel 1 & 2
The mad-scientist genre spliced with torture-porn, producing this notoriously disturbing movie. A German scientist kidnaps people in order to perform his dream
experimental surgery on them that involves joining humans together via their gastric systems and disabling their kneecaps, linking them mouth to anus with
all the disgusting implications that you would expect. The surgery isn't too graphic and the concept could never work scientifically, but the twisted mind
of the doctor, the sadism and various humiliations are all extreme and fill the movie from start to finish. Several things make this movie special: The truly creepy
and convincing performance by Dieter Laser as the doctor, the brilliant casting of a Japanese and some spoiled, dumb, ditzy girls as the victims, and the fact
that this movie takes itself seriously and avoids exploitation and horror cliches, leading to a realistic climax involving policemen. Very uniquely disturbing
and disgusting, but it retains its right to be a horror movie due to the way it balances its horror, human angle, realism and nastiness. A prime example of
how far nasty horror can be taken, to the point that you wouldn't want to see it anymore, and I don't include gornography in this statement. I hope this is
finally the apex and it's all downhill from here.
Human Centipede (First Sequence), The
A Swedish horror movie that wants to be an American backwoods flick in the vein of Wrong Turn (and dozens of others featuring backwoods murderous mutant freaks).
The accents, faces, locations and the fact that the hillbillies speak Swedish all take getting used to. Otherwise, it's just a continuous stream of violence,
from the beginning featuring a boot stomp to a pregnant belly and burying people alive, to a movie-long chase-and-fight scene between equally stupid victims
and freaks, each of them inexplicably ignoring some obvious dangers, pausing at critical moments, and even stopping for a dramatic moment in the middle of
a road while they are running for their lives. That said, the endless visceral energy and brutal escalating fights do make for some almost-good action and
A copy-paste job of a horror movie blending elements of Hellraiser, torture-porn and various other horror movies that you can't quite place, but know youve seen before.
Several people's ends are criss-crossed as they each fall prey to hells of their own making, crossing over into a dimension of hell (a basement service tunnel)
populated by Hellraiser-esque demons and back again by various means. There's a man who tortures as a profession who's trying to save his disabled kid brother,
a husband trying to revive his dead wife while he takes 'care' of her body, and a betrayed goth bartender. The structure is all back-story, not allowing any momentum
since the movie is always going backwards, the torture and various other elements seem thrown together without a point, and it's not gory or strong enough like
Hellraiser, especially since it feels uninspired as well as incohesive. The one inspired bizarre moment is the pig-demon-creature that sings a kiddie sing-along
suicide sound, and it does have some unrealized potential.
Scandalous Hungarian satire about the media's and the public's fascination with violence. Frau Plastic Chicken is hosting an episode of her show that combines two special guests:
The 'man that Clockwork Orange was based on' who is now an upstanding citizen except he has an ultra-violent past that he doesn't like to talk about. And, a materialistic
serial killer that films himself killing prostitutes in his rich apartment for fun, and who is apprehended live on the show then brought as a guest. The play games with Alex
and seem more interested in his past that he doesn't want to talk about, we get to see Max's violent videos involving gruesome torture, and they bring people from the audience
to tease and interact with the violent guests. And then the guests get to compete in a weird confessional game, which doesn't end well. Nothing new and quite pointless, but
off-the-wall in its satire.
Nexxt (Frau Plastic Chicken Show)
Perhaps the point of this movie was to experience the suffering that Christ went through and evoke some kind of guilty religious experience. Perhaps
the acting and direction are amazingly good. But couldn't there have been more of an emphasis on his teachings instead of the gore? Weren't the
documented punishments enough without Gibson inventing new ones to splatter the screen with? Many people were crucified at the time and it seems
Gibson's agenda was to show his passion as the ultimate gore-drenched pain whether the details were true or not. Does a human body really contain
that much blood that can be spilled without him dying three times over? Did the Romans have to be so cartoonishly violent? And perhaps it can be argued
that the script is not anti-Jew (not all Jews in the movie were bad), but it is anti-Judaism because it portrays the Jewish spiritual leaders of the time
as bloodthirsty, power-hungry, cliched politicians. It gives humanity to Pontius Pilate but leaves the Jews with empty, motiveless cliches. It even
edits out the more sympathetic Jewish leaders who were mentioned in the New Testament. Did he bother researching into the methods of the time of carefully
judging false prophets? Did he explore the motives and viewpoints of the Jews? Did he explore the story of Christ, his teachings, his relationship
with his disciples, his spiritual leadership, or otherwise try to inspire people? No, he just made a gory, disturbing movie and showed highlights from
the Bible in slow motion to make a splash and rake in the cash. Some badly spoken Aramaic does not an authentic movie make.
Passion of the Christ, The
Here's one description of this movie: A female serial killer with the morals of a gnat kills men by the dozens by choosing to be a slut. She somehow befriends a sadistic
man, and when she gets in trouble, this triggers his sadistic and nasty streak, causing even more deaths. The movie is grindhouse pointless nastiness, and although it
holds back from showing the more graphic details for the most part, the ending torture scene is so graphic, it wipes out 90 minutes of restraint in a single scene.
Now here's an alternative description of the movie: The theme is the cycle of violence and how damaged individuals pass on their disease. A sexually traumatized girl
who is incapable of love lashes out at the world in the only way she knows how. A ex-war veteran with a damaged psyche sees her as a broken kitten he must protect,
but when she gets in trouble with a broken young man with a dying mother, his damaged mind lashes out with all the violence he has seen and experienced, unable to
control it any longer. Personally, I lean more towards the first description of this movie. But the fact that this movie manages to be both at once, should be cause
for pause. The movie earns both descriptions because it provides plausible details, psychology and plot twists that explain their nasty behaviour. I'm going to classify
this as one of the very rare movies that manages to be both powerful, and repulsively grim and nasty, just like Gaspar Noé's films.
Red White & Blue
Critics of this backwoods horror film keep pointing out the unoriginality of it, but neglect the subtle re-imagining of this genre and superb characterizations.
Yes, we have a group of youngsters camping in redneck country that find themselves in a brutal survive & fight scenario with the crazy locals. But the writer
of this one took pains to escalate the violence step by step instead of just throwing in some instantly bloodthirsty rednecks. Every scene justifies the escalated
and unpredictable violence in the next one, at least in a primal, animalistic or emotional sense. And the rednecks aren't just Deliverance style lunatics but have
their own internal human logic, warped though it may be. The protagonists make some stupid decisions here and there, and aren't really likeable, but they behave
naturally as well. Thus, the tension keeps building throughout the movie backed by good writing and acting. There is relatively a lower amount of on-screen brutality
compared to its peers, but it is more brutal, merciless, and disturbing because of its strengths. That said, the biggest flaw is also that it is so unrelenting.
It doesn't breathe or show any mercy or allow anyone to behave like a human being once it gets going, leaving you only with a very unpleasant experience and nothing
else. Rank this one up with Eden Lake, Storm Warning and Wrong Turn.
This one outdoes Tarantino in it's 70s throwback exploitation trash homage. It manages to reproduce the era, amping up the trash without making it feel like a modern horror
film that just shoehorns in as much nastiness as it can for its own sake. In other words, there's a story and characters you can sink your teeth into, and the focus isn't on
torture and gore, although it serves plenty of nastiness. Two Catholic girls selling bibles knock on the wrong door and fall prey to a nasty gang of criminals, including
a horny female nasty piece of work that will do anything to keep herself entertained. This is not only a rape & revenge movie, but also features nunsploitation, lesbianism,
necrophilia and even a bit of nursesploitation. Visceral trash that delivers for the exploitation crowd.
Run! Bitch Run!
Yet another contrived serial killer series that tries to follow in Se7en's footsteps, only in this case the message the killer has is personal,
not religious. The Jigsaw Killer is a brilliant and demented sadist who comes up with ridiculously complex and psychologically twisted fatal traps
that forces the victims to brutally damage and mutilate themselves to overcome fears and learn an extreme life-affirming lesson, or face death.
The horror is gruesome, inventive and sadistic, with twisted moral lessons, but the writing feels contrived and the horrors made complex just
to entertain and surprise a bloodthirsty audience. In the first of the series, two men find themselves chained in a filthy bathroom and have
to find a way out while the psychological pressure rises and revelations induce desperation. But details don't face up to logic, and the main
actor is painfully terrible. The second movie ups the ante with a convoluted setup involving the killer playing games with his own captors,
while 7 trapped people are played off each other with elaborate sadistic puzzles. Better in some aspects, but also predictable and even more
contrived this time. Part 3 of this continuous story is probably the best, writing a dark intense scenario that ties the killer and his protege
with the victims using Se7en-like developments. It also features, by far, the most nasty and cringe-inducing gore and brutality involving
Hellraiser-like chains, rib-cage ripping, slow limb-twisting, and brain surgery. Part 3 is one of the most dark and horrifically intense
entries in the torture-porn genre, but it's also relentlessly tiresome; I miss the days when killers just put a bullet through your head
and movies didn't takes sides with serial-killers.
Just how many torture movies are going to feature a man waking up in a room, a victim of sadistic games with a psychological twist? This one is about a morally corrupt
American businessman under the control of a general anti-American audience. A torturer manages the proceedings, waging war against the American's five senses in gruesome
torture center-pieces, and in between, there is some intense psychological and political confrontations and breakdowns. All of it is broadcasted over the internet and driven
by the audience in a provocative twist. Obviously a hop on the torture, internet, and anti-American bandwagons, and it is repetitive, but it is pretty well done for what it is,
gleefully exploiting its audience.
Dark Canadian revenge and torture movie that has its heart in the right place. Namely, it focuses on the emotions and psychology of the torturer and thus
turns torture into the horror that it is, instead of the exploitative entertainment that the movie industry turned it into. A doctor's eight year old daughter
is raped and killed, and he takes matters into his own hands to attempt to satisfy his dark and angry thoughts. Again, although this plot is not new and it
sounds like an action-revenge movie, it is not. The writing, the character's bevaviour, the doctor's systematic method of achieving his goals, his distraught wife,
the policemen, including one detective haunted by his wife's murder, and even the victim, are all magnificently portrayed, all affected in different ways,
as the doctor keeps torturing his man in gruesome and graphic ways only a doctor could come up with, his mind deteriorating further as a result. Chan-wook Park
may have made a definitive stylish collection of brutal vengeance films, but he didn't have the heart, subtlety and discipline of this one. A dark movie
without flaw, but like Gaspar Noé's movies, it is not one I could recommend experiencing.
Czech exploitation, rape-revenge, torture, some supernatural elements, a touch of gore, and black humor. It all starts rather drearily nasty and sleazy as
a devout Christian family man is mugged and confined to a wheelchair, and before you know it, his bitch of a wife is having affairs with sleazebags right in front of him.
When she brings upon the family and her daughter some vicious and nasty hoodlums (in an endless scene of violence right in front of the helpless father), his mind snaps
and the devil walks in offering him an alternative path to deal with life, taking him on a tour of fury, torture, and sex which seems all too convenient and easy
at first, but then he shows him the true dark depths that a human soul can sink to. The only redeeming aspect is the black humor of the devil, but otherwise, this
is strictly for the exploitation crowd.
Somebody Down There Likes Me
This is yet another backwoods horror movie about a couple (not teenagers for a change) that find themselves lost in the middle of nowhere with some pot-growing
sadistic, animalistic, Australian rednecks, whose father is even worse. The humiliation, abuse and terror grow slowly until the woman decides to fight back.
A horror movie is often considered feministic if the woman doesn't play the victim and doesn't scream, but here, she does all the vicious work while the guy
stands helpless, which may appeal to some I guess, but the real problem is that they make her out to be a girly wuss for the first half that can't even kill
a fish. Some killing traps (flying fish hooks) are also unrealistically elaborate and gruesome, like something out of Saw. The movie is slow-building and
predictable at first, but, like Wrong Turn, it is surprisingly well crafted and well acted, building up towards a vicious and completely nihilistic last third
involving penis traps, killer dogs and giant propellors that must be seen to be believed. It's just a pity about the flaws.
Obviously inspired by Two Thousand Maniacs, except the Southern pride is replaced with trailer-trash-pride (whatever that is), and the splatter is replaced with
a bit of modern torture-porn. The devil is only too happy to fuel a massacre after a trailer queen's boyfriend is killed by her fellow trailerparkerites, except
this seems to cause a haunting of zombie-trailer-trash hungry for meat and cheap sex, often combined. When a group of young delinquents led by a priest find themselves
stranded at the site of the former massacre, they are soon fighting to save their skins, literally. It's really dumb and has almost no wit, but may be mildly
entertaining as a popcorn campy horror movie.
Trailer Park of Terror
A thriller that is like a lite version of Se7en by way of Saw, and which uses the Internet for its kills and message. A killer is kidnapping people and setting
them up in elaborate contraptions that slowly kill them the more hits he gets on his live feed, effectively turning the Internet hordes into killers. An FBI agent
is trying to track him down, with all the predictable developments you would expect. The plot is a cut-and-paste job and extremely predictable, the kills are gruesome
but somehow feel tame in comparison to similar movies (desensitization, or poor movie making?) and the tech-jargon, despite some evidence that they actually used
some geek advice this time, is ridiculous. For one thing, if they can take down one of his mirror sites with a click of the button, they should be able to track his
posts, hit counter and upload feed all of which are linked to his home. For another thing, they could have asked all the ISPs in the US to block access to that URL.
But although the movie is weak, the concept is great and very timely, exposing the amazing cruelty of anonymous internet masses that we all know so well.
An above average Se7en clone with elements of Saw. Strangely, Scar used the same concept as this movie of pitting two people against each other, torturing one
until she agrees to kill the other, but this one does much more interesting things with it. A serial killer is leaving mutilated bodies behind with a biological
equation etched into their flesh. A cop with complicated motives is on the trail along with his rookie assistant and two rival street gangs. The movie asks
questions about the selfish gene, and whether there is any true altruism or love, but unfortunately the thinking is muddled and the killer's sadistic tests
don't prove a thing. Overly convoluted plot, muddled thinking, and a low budget, but superb acting and editing, and overall, somewhat interesting. A mixed bag.
W Delta Z (The Killing Gene)
Although I found this one only moderately twisted, it seems the masses found this violent thriller extremely disturbing. My theory
is that they just aren't used to seeing women being brutally tortured in genre movies like this.
Plot: Three teenagers find themselves stranded in the Australian outback and fall in the clutches of a brutally sadistic man.
Violence and cat-and-mouse games ensue. The only reason this gets points is for its visceral, somewhat unpredictable development.
What kills this movie however isn't its shock value, but the fact that the first half is boring, and the second half features
unconvincing characters, stupid behaviour, and an impossibly omnipotent killer. If this is really based on a true story, then it's
obvious that the survivor did it.
Sequels in English-name only to the terrible Thai hit on HK-style black magic horror. These upgrade the nastiness and make me think of movies like Final Destination
where the outlandish deaths are the focus of the movie, only in this case, the deaths are about gruesome curses rather than contrived violent coincidences.
Also, the plot here is so irrelevant that the writers just keep adding back-stories, flashbacks, twists and hidden movitations, forgetting what they
were doing 10 minutes ago. The theme is people that meddle with magic and curses for various purposes (revenge, lust, power) and how this comes back to
bite them. So amidst the mess of sloppy dramatic snippets, we get curses flying right and left, the highlights being fish-hooks or live reptiles coming
out of skin, worms, toenail torture, eyelid mutilation, a nasty blowtorch torture scene, and more.
Art of the Devil 2 & 3
Just a slasher movie with another killer, campy one-liners, and a sequence of deaths, none of them particularly graphic. So what is this film's claim to notoriety you ask?
Two reasons: The killer is a mother who goes berzerk due to extreme postpartum depression, and her victims are her own little children. The film doesn't seem to care
about this though, with all the cliched chase sequences, pacing, slasher-film rules, etc. and then some tiny little children and even a baby meet their brutal deaths.
Is the slasher crowd cheering? Or are they objecting because this is about killing children this time? Who cares. I object because the movie didn't even try to make
something interesting out of its controversial concepts.
Another Korean brutal revenge-horror movie perhaps modeled after Chan-wook Park or Ki-duk Kim but without the style, beauty, symbolism or subtlety. In fact, this
is just a plain old savage and obvious revenge movie just barely this side of the exploitation genre with only lip-service paid to political symbolism. This makes me
alone in disliking this movie. A very selfish, self-serving bitch of a woman goes on a forced vacation to an island where she grew up, only to find her best childhood
friend in dire need of help: She is constantly abused by cartoonishly brutal men in a patriarchal society that even the old women of the island uphold and encourage. She is
raped, beaten just for opening her mouth, her husband pays for and then abuses prostitutes in front of her, etc. but when the abuse starts overflowing out and onto her
little daughter, she finally snaps, goes insane and launches a very bloody revenge spree with a small scythe, and the self-serving woman from the city finally finds
it impossible to just walk away. Cartoonishly violent and cruel to the point that I burst out laughing during a revenge scene involving bean curd and a phallic knife.
Girl picks up boy in bar. Girl drugs boy. Girl psychologically tortures boy. Girl replaces other girl (why?). Girl physically tortures boy.
Girl microwaves boy's hand. Girl performs surgery on boy. Girl is psychotic. Girl and boy can't act convincingly.
This is one of those claustrophobic movies where everything starts and ends with the actors. If the actors are not top-class and gripping enough,
everything collapses. I would appreciate what the writer was trying to do but the dialog isn't sharp either.
Tries hard to be controversial but isn't.
Boy Meets Girl
This is one of those movies that must be accompanied with some crucial background information that will help an audience understand what the movie tried to do. Allegedly,
the actress wanted to go through this experience as a kind of cleansing for a traumatic past, and she prepared for it with fasting, meditation and what not. She was not
given a script, and everything done to her was real, and her reactions were real as well, all towards the goal of her experiencing a kind of death. The film-maker cast
a very scary actor in the role of the trucker sadist, reminiscent of Human Centipede in the sense of its casting of an evil presence that is too good for its own sake.
Add to all this some very experimental and effective B&W cinematography and editing that tries to inflict on the audience what the actress is going through by way of
extremely disorienting and disturbing rapid-cuts, impressions, lighting and non-linear collages. The 'plot' is simply about a prostitute that is kidnapped by a demented
trucker. For the first twenty minutes we get to see her various clients abuse her in pornographic detail while she takes drugs, cries it off and moves on to the next one.
But this is just a warmup for some truly demented behaviour in the rest of the movie. The torture, since it is all real, is mostly mental, including endless and various
forms of abuse and humiliations. There is physical abuse as well, but the focus is on breaking her mind. And her mind does break for all to see, in an all-too-realistic
performance. Put all this together, and you have one sick, disturbing experiment on sadism. But why should any normal person be interested in this? This was like
watching a masochistic woman get abused in S&M dungeons for hours, which she may have enjoyed, but it just bored me and left me with nothing but a feeling that this great
cinematography was wasted.
Bunny Game, The
German blend of the 'home invasion' and 'torture porn' sub-genres. A rich family is introduced in a long setup involving three sisters, one of them who has recently returned
after disappearing from their lives, their father, a dead mother, which was the cause of the estrangement, and some internal family drama and tension some of which involves
an inheritance. A sadistic man and woman invade the house and start playing games and torturing them with merciless sadism. Tongues and eyes are pierced with nails, hands
sewn together, one of them is raped, others are gruesomely killed. Although the acting varies, the cinematography and general quality of the movie is surprisingly high, but
the writing, the over-the-top queen-bitch performance, and the idiotic plot twist, are all tiresomely uninspired, and all simply for another excuse to show more sadism.
A terrible Saw clone with a sadistic torturer that seems to be playing elaborate Fear-Factor games with his victims, only with gleeful sadism and a sprinkle of gore.
A boring female model serves as the rat in the cage with elaborate tricks, traps, setups, machinery and games involving acid, sand, a cocktail of human flesh
in a blender, and more, all to entertain... who exactly? When the games are up, there's a horribly predictable plot twist, then it just keeps getting more stupid
by the minute.
A Texas Chainsaw Massacre clone that tries to combine the backwoods genre with modern sadistic torture. Annoying teenagers vacationing in the woods encounter
a beastly killer who applies gruesome tortures to his victims before killing them, and putting it all on film. The gory violence includes applying hammers,
hooks and saws to the face and various parts of the body, repeated hammering of a nail into flesh, and pliers to testicles, all of this varied gruesomeness
serving no purpose to the killer or the movie and obviously only meant for the movie's audience. No thanks.
A modern, brutal but empty remake of Last House on the Left which in turn was a trashy, exploitative remake of the intense Bergman drama The Virgin Spring.
The plot was copied, complete with dumb girls, rape, humiliation, grisly torture, and revengeful parents but adds drugs, a rave party and cellphones.
The movie takes some cues from Rob Zombie in its no-holds-barred brutality, a surprisingly wild ending and intensely psychotic characters, but offers
nothing entertaining, creative or new, going for the shock value of nipple slicing and rectum carving instead.
You have got to be kidding me. Just when I thought the idiotic Saw franchise was finally on its last breath, the makers of Saw decide to start a new franchise
with the same brainless twaddle. A thief breaks into a house he has been hired to repair, and finds that the new occupants have been locked in by a sadistic killer
who has setup dozens of elaborate traps and torture tools in the house. The thief suddenly develops a conscience and tries to save the occupants. The masked killer
is obviously the writer, because he has no reason to exist otherwise, and as with Saw, he has somehow managed to put together all of these contraptions and traps
in a matter of hours, and the barebones, empty plot, as with porn, is only there to get to the endless scenes with the body fluids and torture toys. They even ran
out of humans to throw onto the sadistic traps, so they used a cat instead for some bestiality torture porn. I'm currently thinking of collecting my favorite tortures
from this movie and going after the writer and director. Let's see... maybe the one with the cockroaches inserted into a fresh wound, or the fish hooks, or maybe
the floor covered in bear traps... oooh wait I think I'll use the acid-guillotine combo. Yeah, now I feel better.
Yawn. Yet another dreary serial killer movie, completely derivative even with its twist ending. The only thing it has going for it is the acting, but it's more like
'why are these actors wasting their time with this' rather than the acting raising the level of the movie. An obnoxious reporter and her cameraman are tracking down a story of
a highway killer, and she tries to pry the story of the killer out of a local, who seems to know a lot about him. The killer's background is told through a derivative
relationship with his derivative evil mother, and his doomed relationship with his bitch-slut of a wife, to his first killing, the special meat he served in his diner,
and beyond. Then starts the tortures and bouts of grauitous nasty violence in the basement. And then there's the idiotic twist, and then it's over.
Coffin Joe is back, 44 years since his first appearance. Old age doesn't seem to have any effect as he is still obsessed with his usual project of breeding
with the perfect woman to produce the perfect offspring, testing men and women with sadistic tortures to prove their worth while the local elements gather
together to hunt and murder him. The setting is the modern world this time, and for a while, the appearance of Joe in his black cape in modern streets is funny.
This trashy horror flick seems to be trying to outdo the current sadism trend with dozens of imaginative scenes of torture and sadism including butt-carving,
rat-torture and nasty scenes of hell and necrophilia, all led by the evil Coffin Joe who now seems to be surrounded by idiotic cultists and dozens of naked women.
The Coffin Joe of old would have never stood for this.
Embodiment of Evil
This movie made me realize again how empty these torture-porn movies are, because just by describing the movie in a few words, you can spoil the whole movie.
There are no surprises, plot or character developments in this teenage version of Saw by way of Columbine. The bullied outcast teenage youth take revenge on
the bullies by setting up an elaborate party where they proceed to submit each of their enemies to sadistic torture. Morality goes out the window and several
other torture movies are ripped off, featuring needle torture from Audition, and forcing victims to torture each other to stay alive from a dozen other movies.
There are some good moments and it will appeal to the masses of insecure, imperfect teenagers, but I'm just too sick and tired of this whole brainless and
boring genre that was stupid to begin with.
The third in this series is where many felt that it had become merely about the gore. Not that this is a splatterfest by any underground standards, despite the couple
of brief gore scenes per movie that are relatively over-the-top for a mainstream movie. But what these movies do offer is a gleefully violent attitude and, like the
Saw sequels, they see bizarre and gruesome death as a form of entertainment and a game. This is the kind of movie where people don't just die, but get half of their heads
sliced up by a propellor after that was pushed by an out-of-control truck, or where a dropped camera causes a series of malfunctions in a Rube Golderg sequence that eventually
slices a boy in half during a roller coaster ride, and then seats his lower half neatly next to his girlfriend. It makes every object a source of danger, every location,
pastime or workplace full of potentially fatal accidents. It gleefully takes intense situations and exploits them in this fashion, like when a series of minor mishaps cause
an eyeball laser-surgery machine to misbehave in gruesome ways. The plot? It's the same plot for five movies now, each movie merely replacing the deaths in an identical plotline.
One youngster saves a group of people from a spectacular disaster thanks to some magical premonition, and then they spend the whole movie trying to figure out who is going
to get killed next to make up for their survival by a cheated angel of death. It was stupid in the first movie, and only gets more stupid and formulaic with every sequel.
The extended, visceral and spectacularly violent opening sequence is usually the best aspect of these movies, but the rest is always too stupid and exploitative to enjoy in any way.
Final Destination 3 (& 4 & 5...)
Another entry in the brutal French horror genre, this one copying other movies, mostly borrowing its plot from Texas Chainsaw Massacre. A group of young
criminals and a pregnant girlfriend on the run from police, stop over at a free bed & breakfast only to run into a family of cannibal Nazis that torture
and eat the men, and breed with the women. The violence, nastiness and gore, even though it isn't over-the-top, is monotonously relentless. The troubles
with this one are that it's very uninvolving, and doesn't seem to be aware of itself as a whole, stringing together a series of emulated scenes from
other movies, with badly filmed cop-criminal shootouts, seductive women and young sex a la Hostel, a tunnel scene that comes out of nowhere from Descent,
a completely irrelevant element of Nazism, etc. Nasty scenes involving a buzz-saw, axe, ankle-cutting, etc. are there, but the protagonists are all dull,
empty and unlikeable, the wackos look too normal and unconvincing, and the movie depends on a weak actress and no proper setup to carry the intensity of the climax.
Yet another torture & sadism trend-hopper, this one horribly amateurish. Two thieves break into a home and find some twisted sadism and dead bodies, and soon become
victims of a demented killer who owns the house. The rest of the movie just moves from one violent or torture scene to another as things get more complicated, but
there is almost no gore, the acting is terrible, the motives and reactions are stupid, and there's no creativity in sight. Its peak of creative torture is the dumb
idea of sliding a rodent through a tube into a person's mouth.
Extreme sadism takes on a different form in this sickening movie, which is based on the true story of a girl and her disabled sister abused by a sick woman, her children
and random locals. In this movie version, she is a psychotic aunt who raised her boys in her hateful ways, probably inspired by her self-loathing, and we get to see them
team up to lock up the girl in their basement, torture her, then let the wave of sadism go unchecked as they mutilate her various body parts and rape her, all to the horror
of a lovestruck but helpless neighbour boy. But even though this is based on true events, the movie feels completely fake, mostly because of the poor performances.
They aren't bad actors, they just didn't fill in any shoes or channel their sick characters, which is perhaps good for them but bad for the movie. There is no gore
and most of the graphic abuse is kept just this side of explicit, yet the setup of this pointless torture porn which includes children and parenthood gone very very
bad, is as morally depraved as it gets. Interestingly, the less extreme "An American Crime" is based on the same story and stuck to more facts of the crime, but went
for the other extreme, portraying the criminals as basically good-natured, weak-willed people that just happen to lash out in extreme and prolonged sadism. Neither
of these movies felt real or provided any insight.
Girl Next Door, The
Supposedly based on real events and allegedly makes use of a real 2 minute snuff film filmed by the serial killer himself towards the end of the movie, but this is all
marketing and is overrated. Two demented killers kidnap a couple of girls, degrade and torture them in front of the camera before setting them up for the 'masterpiece'
snuff film. The relationship between them deteriorates however and things get out of hand. A touch disturbing but mostly boring exploitation.
Great American Snuff Film, The
More mainstream, exploitative, cheaply provocative torture-horror boasting a feature-length torture scene which I think the film-makers deserve to be put through.
This movie simply posits that extreme sadism (not justice) is justified where pedophilia is concerned. I have a screenplay for you: A 14 year old bratty, arrogant,
psychotic, sadistic, intelligent boy lures his female school-teacher who has a thing for young boys (yes, many of these exist), plays mind-games with her, tortures
her, methodically cuts off her clitoris and breasts while making cheap wise-cracks as she weeps, screams and begs, then keeps abusing her until he convinces her
to kill herself. Will that movie work? Then ask yourself why this one did work for you.
Seriously? A whole movie about sicko rednecks deriving sexual satisfaction out of people's skulls? And no, that was not a spoiler, first of all because the movie starts with
the 'action' right at the beginning, and secondly, there wouldn't be much left to review if I skipped that part. Imagine what the hillbillies from Deliverance would be up
to in their spare time when they are really horny and really hate their victims, and then make a movie about their lives and how they love their grandpappies, and this may be
it. Oh, and tack on a plot about a corrupt ATF officer with a sick wife who sells himself to drug dealers to pay for her medicine, and give this story a nonsensical twist
ending that is just there for its shock value. A vile and witless waste of time that is too depraved to be funny and too in love with its sicko concept to be a real horror movie.
A particularly nasty low-budget rape & revenge flick. Some skanks, a relatively more 'innocent' girl who is pressured into tagging along, and some loser, all find themselves in
a bad neighbourhood where they promptly get abducted. There's nasty rape, nasty violence with a broken bottle, a nasty abortion, and even nastier revenge, all quite
graphic. The acting transformation from innocent girl to crazed psychopath is laughably bad and for some reason features ridiculous pushups and a training montage, but
everything else is adequate for low-budget movie, except for the fact that this is just time-wasting trashy filth, of course.
Hood Has Eyez, The
Was there any doubt this would be a pointless sequel? This time it stupidly takes place in Las Vegas which removes the 'Americans far away and helpless in East-Europe' factor,
and because we know what to expect, the writers try to manipulate us by reversing our expections as to who is a hunter and who is a victim. As far the torture is concerned,
the gore is minimal as with previous entries, and like with Saw, it's only about coming up with entertaining kills now, with people in fight scenes coming up with complicated
ways to kill their opponent instead of getting it over with, and an audience giving points this time like its some kind of stupid computer game. The stupidest scene involves
death by cockroaches. I hope this flop will be the death of this franchise.
Hostel: Part III
The first movie was as vile and disturbing as it gets, but it knew when to hold back, constructing a horror movie with riveting performances, pushing audiences systematically
way beyond their limits without resorting to boring gornography for its own sake. To repeat this in a sequel seemed not only impossible, but pointless, yet the director seems
to have risen to the challenge and met it head-on with surprising creativity and effectiveness. This sequel takes places in a world where the first movie exists only as a movie.
A pathetic and very disturbed short fat man obsessed with centipedes has adopted the movie Human Centipede as his new love and hobby. His background includes an over-the-top,
controlling, suicidal mother, a surreal, pervert shrink, and possible molestation as a child. The first 60 minutes of this 90 minute movie tells only his story, his efforts
to collect his own human centipede, and his psychological and violent breakdown. It is very disturbing, features yet another riveting performance of a completely different kind,
and once again, draws you in. If the movie had left it at that, with incomplete centipede attempts, but a complete exploration of a twisted psyche that finds this kind of thing
fascinating, then this could have been watchable and maybe even interesting horror. But then, finally, there is the building of the Human Centipede, this time with a dozen human
beings, and this time, by an insane amateur who has no clue what he is doing, using a hammer as anaesthesia, pliers and kitchen knives as surgery tools, a stapler for connecting
everyone, and laxative for the ultimate goal. Since this movie is "100% medically inaccurate" but 100% realistic and graphic, this results in an ultimately repulsive, grotesque,
retch-inducing half-hour merciless sequence which I don't think I need to describe beyond this. Whatever you imagined for the last two sentences, multiply it by ten, and throw
gratuitous sleaze and filth, and pregnancy gore. Unfortunately, these 30 minutes seem to be the ultimate goal of this movie, which is why I cannot say anything positive this time.
Some of us may wonder what is wrong with the director, but what about the actors?
Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), The
Eli Roth has a lot to account for. Not only did he make 'torture-porn' trendy, now he even has Taiwan modeling its movies after his Hostel. This movie combines
idiotic killing motives from the worst slasher movies with a couple of sadistic torture scenes that show yet another variation on the Hostel theme, and it even
rips off a scene from Saw. A working-class teenager is invited to a special party where they grant wishes. Slashings, violence and torture ensue. Yawn.
Jee-woon Kim hops on Park's brutal vengeance bandwagon a few years too late. This one tells the tale of a cop whose girlfriend is killed by a very cruel serial killer,
who then goes on a controlled, immoral, irresponsible and even more cruel vengeance spree. He plays with the serial killer, angers him, lets him go loose before swooping
down and punishing him some more with brutal and graphic torture, before the whole thing repeats and escalates once again. Trouble is, innocent people keep getting hurt
from all of this sadistic hatred, the ending punishes even more innocents, and the cop turns out to be even worse than the killer, especially since he should know better.
So much so, that it just doesn't make sense. It's like a zoo-keeper torturing the lion for eating animals, before releasing him on unsuspecting humans again. There is no
doubt that this movie is extremely well done with superb cinematography, special effects, style, intensity and acting. It's just too morally bankrupt, hypocritical,
exploitative, unrealistic and pointlessly sadistic to be interesting.
I Saw the Devil
The first scene shows a girl driving through the woods. Right away I'm thinking: Does this actress know what movie remake she is in and what she is in for? Why is she
doing this? The last scene shows her smiling after having submitted her rapists to some very gruesome torture and kills (it's impossible to spoil a rape/revenge movie),
and then I understood how this works. Camille Keaton is quoted as being convinced to play this character because she is a nice, ordinary girl who, in the end, becomes
strong and empowered. But these movies are about the rape, not the revenge. Otherwise they wouldn't feature rape, sadism, full nudity, and rape foreplay for a full
40 minutes in endless graphic detail. The first half felt like a copy of the original with nothing new to offer, the second half adds some modern gruesome torture-porn
with elaborate setups in order to give the rapists their due. Maybe she will come back for revenge again when she finally realizes the film-makers were just out to exploit her.
I Spit on Your Grave (2010)
Now I know why they call this trend torture porn. This limp low-budget movie tries to be cutting-edge nastiness by depicting a future where the streets are
overrun by zombies, zombie slayers that torture and kill zombies, drug-addicts, where necrophilia is a way of life, and where the most profitable and popular
product is a snuff movie. In addition, a hot girl is given kinky outfits and shown having sex with her victims while torturing and killing them. Sounds like
promising exploitation or a gorehounds delight? Think again. The result is so weak that the victims and zombies look the same and the protagonists aren't much
livelier either, not much is shown, including the gore, the plot is mostly non-existent, making this a series of vignettes, like a porn flick without the porn.
Johnny Sunshine Maximum Violence
A woman drags her shrink into the bedroom for some one-on-one talk right after her father's funeral. Did I say talk? I meant rape and torture. No, she's doing
the raping, and the torture is applied to both him and her, in both cases by her. See, she's a crazy sadomasochist brought up by a serial-killer father. The whole
movie cuts between scenes of their intimacies, and her telling the tale of how she was brought up, and her first initiation into torture and murder. Features
gruesome scenes involving a hammer and hacksaw, and even more gruesome scenes of teeth pulling, after which she tortures herself with the pulled teeth. The acting
is good, the horror is gruesome, her mental state is somewhat forced, the soundtrack gets annoying, but the thing that really makes this unwatchable is the abuse,
misuse and overuse of annoyingly distracting and pointless split screens throughout the whole movie.
KatieBird *Certifiable Crazy Person
Spanish brutal home-invasion horror movie that stunned audiences. Personally, I found everything about it so pointless, that it bored me, but I seem to be alone on this.
The invaded family is one-dimensional consisting of man, controlling wife, and obnoxious teenage daughter, despite an initial character setup stage in the movie. The movie lets
us know that the invaders have been doing this for a while, yet they don't seem to have a plan on how to get the money they want, one of them is a cold psycho, another is an
out-of-control beast, the other a mild-hearted criminal, which makes their success as a team lose plausiblity. The plot consists of a simple home invasion falling apart
in realistic and obvious ways given the above setup, but there is nothing to watch in the movie except violence. And as far as the violence is concerned, except for the
ultra-realism and a brutal face-smashing scene straight out of Irreversible, it's nothing you haven't seen a million times before. Which leads me to believe that it was
the combination of long, carefully-designed realistic takes, 24-esque real-time, split-screen tension, and hysterical teenage daughter (who begins to panic in the first second
and gets worse by the minute) that inflicted the pain on audiences. I found her annoyingly over-the-top, and the technically adept movie brutally empty.
Yet another remake of Virgin Spring. For the fourth time, two girls encounter some nasty criminals who take them to the woods and matters escalate to rape and violent
sadism. In an ironic twist of fate, they find themselves at the mercy of the parents of the girl, and this leads to an even more violent second half as the parents
take the law into their own hands, bringing to mind Straw Dogs. This one is a well-made slick modern horror movie with intense scenes of violence and realistic acting
and escalation. But I hated this movie nevertheless for two reasons: One is that this is the third remake whereas the original didn't need any. The second is that
this one has dishonest intentions. It wants to be a dramatic horror movie to be taken seriously, but films all the violence and rape with explicit zoom shots,
eroticizing the rape, and exploiting the violence with gratuitous deaths by kitchen grinder and microwave. The ending is the most revealing: Instead of ending on
a thoughtful note or on the faces of the traumatized victims, it goes for a gratuitous nasty revenge gore shot. This one wants to exploit its cake and eat it too.
Last House on the Left, The (2009)
This is a 2-hour movie about a pathetically angry, insecure, sleazy, murderous, mysoginistic teenage asshole. He kills on a whim, abuses all girls he encounters
(because this is a Jack Ketchum movie), and when he goes on a rampage because things don't go his way in his small-town life, there is no telling what he will do.
Think of Bully, or the vastly superior Eden Lake. The only good thing I can think of to say about this movie is that the lead performance is truly vicious and possessed.
Assholes don't deserve whole movies devoted to them, and they certainly don't make movies interesting. I don't see why anyone would want to waste two hours watching
a character study of a jerk. Just because he killed girls?
You know the demented dinner scene from Texas Chainsaw Massacre? Of course you do. Well, this is like that scene expanded to a feature-length movie, with one crucial
difference: With that movie, it all tied in to their obsession with slaughterhouses and you felt it was part of their madness; with this one it's just two ordinary
looking people who are sadistic for no discernable reason. Yes, it's Torture Porn time again, kiddies, and no, that genre hasn't killed itself off yet for some reason.
Brent is kidnapped by a girl he rejected for the prom, because that's all it takes to cook up a new torture-movie nowadays, and she and her father take turns torturing
him with drills, knives, forks, salt, chemicals, and whatnot. The whole neighbourhood, as well as Brent's father, are all suffering indirectly because of this family,
which somehow justifies a comic sub-plot involving a loser and his horny, self-destructive goth-girl date. It's got black humor, and the movie is well structured
and filmed, but those are the only good things I can say about this one.
Loved Ones, The
Derivative Indonesian ultra-violence that is partially a retread of the French 'Inside' with less gore, and also a variant of the backwoods genre with a twist: This time
the raving killers are rich and noble-born folk instead of inbreeding hillbillies. Perhaps it says something about Indonesia that it is more afraid of its rich folk, then
again, perhaps I am reading too much into it. Otherwise, it's the same old drill: A group of annoying youngsters encounter a mysterious girl that leads them to her house
where a raving bloodthirsty family awaits. Besides being derivative, the victims spend the whole movie running around like stupid insects, always doing the most inappropriate
things and almost never fighting back until the end when it's time for some of the killers to die, and then the killers start doing stupid things. People are butchered in
various gory ways, and some die randomly, the rest keep coming back for more slashing, beheading, smashing, chainsawing, stabbing and burning until its time for the movie
Macabre (AKA Darah)
This dark Belgian hit explores the theme of the media's fascination and documentation of killers to the point where they start participating.
A group of students follow a deranged killer around while he teaches them the fine arts of murder, rape, disembowelment, the killing of a
child and how to get rid of bodies. In between murders, he is socially interacting and rambling on annoyingly about random subjects.
Vastly overrated; Very empty sadism.
Man Bites Dog
Another brutal French horror movie, this one placing itself in the trendy torture-porn genre, finding a new angle to the Hostel type of torture-horror.
This time, the rich folk are after the discovery of what's in the movie title (since it's in the title, it can't be a spoiler), and they will go to extreme
and merciless ends to reach it. That should make this a visceral and at least somewhat intellectually interesting entry in the genre, but a few things
destroy this possibility: First, the concept is never explored, only mentioned briefly to give the carnage an excuse. Secondly, the characters make no
sense, being ridiculously stupid or inexplicably sadistic. Thirdly, the movie is an unfocused mess, starting off as a movie about a psychotic, traumatized
serial killer and her conflicted accomplice performing a brutal home invasion and hounded by a monster, with a twist, and then it veers into a completely different
movie involving endless torture and grotesque mutilations. In short, it's just another useless torture-porn movie only it pretends to have meaning and
lacks the minimal black humor of Hostel.
Thai female serial killer movie featuring a woman who solves all of her problems, big or small, by chopping people up and serving them inside her noodle brews.
Of course, since she's a woman, it's not her fault, but the fault of her family who abused and raped her in endless ways, and her insane mother who decided to be
her daughter's only positive influence by bringing her up to be a good little serial killer. So for the duration of the whole movie, we get a series of gory
choppings, slicings, carvings and piercings mixed with sex, rape, incest, and constant, horribly confusing intercut flashbacks and flash-forwards. A terrible
copy-and-paste job focusing on violent exploitation that tries to pass off as a meaningful social message.
Hailed as a return of old-school Italian horror but this could only be true if old-school Italian horror consists of 80 minutes of extreme misogyny. Because that is all
this movie is about: Endless scene after scene of gratuitous brutal abuse of women. First, these two girls are taken into the forest by three vile rapists who are pretending
it is a friendly encampment in the woods until it is time for their sport. Then we get endless rape, rape with scissors, brutal beating, etc. Then that gets old, so
some cool-looking but nonsensical zombie gladiators reminiscent of the Blind Dead appear to show them how it is really done with very savage ripping of flesh, crucifixions,
face-smashing, and so on. Talk about a movie not earning its violence...
Bousman has really directed one too many Saw sequels because it obviously has turned his brain into mush. This movie is full of sadism for its own sake, people turned
against each other just for fun, normal people having ridiculously vicious secrets, and every single average human always chooses self-preservation over anything viciously nasty
they are asked to do. All this transplanted into a home invasion movie which is supposed to be about a control-freak mother who gets her boys to do her dirty work for her.
It's like he can't stop making Saw movies. Another thing you need to know is that this is a scraping-the-bottom-of-the-barrel remake of a terrible, campy, backwoods Troma
horror movie, except it only re-uses the basic concept of a mother getting herself and her boys whatever they need in violent ways (including an unwilling naked chick when
required). The main actors are unconvincing, especially when their convoluted motives emerge, including De Mornay as the mother. The result of all this? An unintentional
laugh-a-minute bomb of a movie with shoehorned sadism that isn't even as gory as the tiresome Saw franchise.
Mother's Day (2010)
So now the British are doing it too? A girl working at the airport finds herself abducted and kept as a pet by a very sick family that live by scavenging off the
airport and airport people. The Dad has a perverse sexual thing for raw meat and tends to explode in anger and sadistic, nasty violence. The Mum is into mutilating
and torturing her human pets. Other 'members' of the family are forced into this way of life due to years of abuse and lack of options. The movie would be quite
effective demented horror like Texas Chainsaw Massacre, except, because of the lack of background and perhaps also the choice of actors, it is never convincing
and feels nasty just for the sake of being nasty.
Mum & Dad
Torture-Porn has never been this pointless. There's this ditzy chick that goes around invading homes and torturing everyone in it in the most gruesome ways just for the fun of
it while she enjoys abusing and eating the contents of their house. Presumably because she is as bored as the director of this movie. This guy is planning a party and took
mushrooms, so he and we are never sure if what is happening is real, in the past, or actually happening now, but after a few repetitive flips of reality, we don't care anymore,
especially since there is no point to this confusion either. So the only thing left is the very graphic gore and torture involving drills, worms, hacksaws, needles, taking apart
of a knee cap, and other nasties. The movie is campy and seems to have been intended as a comedy, but it isn't funny, so what's the point?
Another pointlessly grotesque and messy film adaptation from Jack Ketchum. This one features a commune of feral cannibals that are so nihilistic and murderously aggressive,
that it is impossible to believe that they would survive for this long amongst civilized society. Not to mention that they are laughably unconvincing in bad wigs, over-the-top
acting, grunting communication skills, shaved legs and all. The movie is short and dives right in as a family tries to survive an encounter with these feral cannibals while
the police hunt them down. As this is Ketchum, this setup isn't enough, so we get gratuitous vagina eating, little kids doing brutal gory things, little kids being killed,
a self-flagellating cannibal-pixie girl (who looks like she just finished conditioning and brushing her hair), rape of a captive old man, and feral-baby breast-suckling (how does
a baby become feral exactly?). These movies are definitely not encouraging me to read a Ketchum novel.
Torture, strippers, and a Blair Witch/Rec cinematic style of 'cinéma-vérité'. I'm sure the makers thought they were being clever. This stupid film tells the stoy of a mom
who was 'forced' to become a stripper due to financial problems. Cue a stripper training montage, and before you know it, she finds herself in the hands of a wacko
who wants to teach strippers moral lessons a la Saw. The psychological abuse and torture isn't too graphic but it fills most of the movie and includes genital mutilation.
For some illogical reason, they all pass the camera between themselves and are compelled to film everything, and the actors and motivations are all poor.
Anthology of three gruesome and sadistic murders committed by various psychos. Except that these film-makers decided we don't need the horror story and buildup anymore.
Why bother with an actual movie when you can simply show three nasty climaxes of horror movies together, like porn scenes? A couple planning to buy a creepy house is the
wrapper, and then we get three short movies about nasty things that happened in the basement. One idiotic short is about nasty parents playing favorites with their
two children, leading to surprise secrets and murders. The second short is just another cliched movie about a serial killer and his long-suffering victim in the basement, who
both 'entertain' a new victim every week for some sadistic games and gruesome torture. The third is about a next-door neighbour that decides he hates his neighbours so
much, he will give them some brutal moral 'lessons' such as making two little boys fight themselves to death and causing a splattery mess with a hated gardening tool.
Whatever. When you decide to make a real movie instead of a highlight reel, let me know.
Perfect House, The
Plotless hillbilly nastiness that, like August Underground, just points the camera at an insane, giggling psycho and his antics with his inbred family at his trailer
home in the woods. He babbles endlessly, bursts into sudden bouts of violence as he beats and cuts up his family of inbred, insane pregnant women and daughters, has
some fun with urination, cannibalism and rape, and frequently washes himself in between. But, as opposed to that movie, this doesn't feature extreme, creative gore
and the acting is so over-the-top that they are almost never believable. Uniquely, the movie is presented as one long take with much improvised insanity and a few hidden
cuts when a gory special effect is needed, but seeing as this is just a lot of improvised overacting, I am not impressed. A normal character might have helped a bit as a
contrasting anchor. The twist ending of this experiment catches you completely off guard and makes you think for a bit, but after 90 minutes of extreme boredom, this
tiny and mostly nonsensical provocation is just not enough.
Wow, it doesn't get worse than this. Imagine a 10 year old's version of a Saw clone with no budget. The setting is a basement with cardboard walls where a teenager
with cancer is 'locked up', forced to undergo somewhat gory home-surgery with drills and surgical knives, mind-games by his captor and hallucinations involving
another victim who may or may not have gouged his eye out. We are never sure of what is really happening and the captor claims he is there to save him. The acting
is horrible, the plot twists predictably from the start, the lighting is terrible, and every second feels cliched and copied from other movies.
Red Cell, The
Underground German torture movie by Sebastian Radtke who probably watched one too many torture-porn movies. The 'protagonist' is a pathetic insecure man who lashes out whenever
he is humiliated or attacked, and when he unleashes his wrath, he finds it makes him powerful and alive. Before you know it, he declares himself a master of torture and
gives a course in torture with live victims and audience. Even the police are ineffective against this megalomaniac for no good reason other than that he is on an ego trip.
A dull movie with unimaginative torture scenes offering some gruesome gore inflicted by various tools, and the idea and narrative is so undeveloped that it feels like half
While the first three felt like a self-contained, continuous and inventive trilogy, this one is just the studios milking the cow and creating an endless franchise
a la Nightmare on Elm Street. In a stupid plot development, the Jigsaw killer is dead but is still calling the shots, making people torture each other to learn
life lessons with elaborate contraptions setup in advance while potential proteges do his post-mortem bidding. Not only is this concept beyond contrivance, it's
all by the numbers now: Another year, another set of brutal torture contraptions, by now dull, with weak writing, some tangential background on the Jigsaw killer,
some forced attempts to tie it all together by simply cutting the movie together with scenes from other movies, and an over-the-top gory autopsy as a prologue, all
inconsequential, unbelievable and unsurprising. By far the worst in the series.
The franchise is now lost in brainless sequels, getting around the death of its killer by using the dual-approach of showing more backstory with events that occur
before the events that occur in the previous movie, as well as showing post-mortem followers trying to continue the killer's work with endless surprises. This is
as ridiculous as it sounds, the killer now reaching God-like status, knowing everything about people that even the FBI doesn't know, and planning ahead quadruple
backup plans that predict everyone's moves without any mistakes. This time there is a good-cop-bad-cop game as they try to out-think each other while 5 people
are locked in a room with elaborate games designed to teach them co-operation. The gore and nastiness is relatively very subdued, making this more palatable, and
the games actually get entertaining at times, like a Fear-Factor episode, only with death. This ridiculous game-show approach shows itself with a simple example:
A machine is setup to collect the contestants' blood to unlock a door. It could have used a simple needle, but instead they have to insert their arms into buzzsaws.
In addition, they don't even think to cut themselves up more neatly, or even to use urine and saliva instead.
I don't blame the studios for making another idiotic sequel, they only want money. I blame you for watching this, thus encouraging them to do it. This is so
formulaic by now, I don't even have to review it. More convoluted nonsensical flashbacks, more cleverly designed but idiotically conceived Fear-Factor
contraptions with gruesome results that must have taken an army of workers to build over many months rather than a handful of people in their time off,
more ridiculous life-lessons to learn, more yawning. I watch these to complete my encyclopedia. What's your excuse?
The profits were starting to fall so marketing kicks in with a 'grand finale' and a 3D label, and it worked. You idiots. There will be more, because it is still
making a profit. Sequels, prequels, sidequels, interquels, reboots, specials, and eventually supernatural plot twists. Why stop? The opening features a game
involving a love triangle straight out of a soap opera, only it involves buzzsaws and a gaping crowd. A new low, but amusingly appropriate for such a dumb show
that panders to its audience. This one has increased energy, appearances by survivors from previous games, more contraptions and games, and more splatter than I
remember from the previous outings, but that is probably because they wanted to fling some blood at the audience in 3D. But the writing is the same idiotic stuff
with nonsensical twists, an omnipotent dead killer predicting everyone's moves perfectly for years ahead, game participants that never think out of the box, etc. But who
cares about the story? This is Fear-Factor with gore, sadism and deaths. Our gladiator arena for braindead audiences.
Horror film-writers in Hollywood seem to be scrambling for the next new sadistic idea to hop on the torture bandwagon, making up a new excuse and
horrific psychological context to display graphic torture. This movie had one of those ideas. Unfortunately that's all it had. This is a dumb, severely cliched
slasher movie revolving around a sadistic killer in the morgue and his presumed return years later when teenagers start disappearing again. The survivor
of the previous killing spree provides the drama. As for the gimmick: The killer gorily and nastily tortures girls in pairs, allowing them to end the torture
by telling him to kill the other girl. There. Now you don't have to see this boringly nasty movie.
Uwe Boll jumping on the torture-porn bandwagon. A serial killer who killed 666 people is captured by the law, which fails to kill him after three attempts in
the electric chair but instead of setting him free, they bury the whole thing and hope for the best. This terrible movie starts with some completely gratuitous
footage of brutality against animals, then some footage from the serial killer who has time-delay stop-motion fun with his various jailed and dying victims,
then for most of the movie it becomes a boring, dimly-lit slasher movie vs. laughably stupid cops, with only one torture scene of the killer slowly bashing a
woman's head with a hammer for 5 whole minutes (both relentlessly gruesome and pointlessly lame at the same time). It only starts getting horrifically intense
at the dark ending, but by then it's over.
Fatal Attraction, the torture-porn version? Hardly. The psycho-possessive woman in this movie is so over-the-top and one-dimensional, that she is more boring or funny
than scary. It's like some teenage boy's version of what a psycho-stalker woman would behave like. The plot is so predictable, there is no point describing it.
What would a psycho-woman do to a man she wants who already has a girlfriend, friends and a kid? See, you know the movie already. Except here, there is a lot of
gratuitous torture and death as well. One scene features about seven different grotesque, sadistic things one can do to the same set of toes. Ridiculous pulp,
with terrible sound to boot.
Now that you've seen the title of this movie, you know all there is to know about this boringly sick movie, as if someone decided to see how many sick things
he can get a girl to do on screen. Izzy is left alone to raise her little brother after her big brother joins the marines. She makes incestual advances towards
her brother, urinates on a nun for no good reason, then starts killing or torturing anyone who impresses her the wrong way, including kid bullies, her brother's
girlfriend, random horny guys that hit on her, and girls that make fun of her. The tortures include breaking a kid's bones and turning him into a Christmas tree,
letting a rat eat someone's face, and for the climax, raping a girl with a spike and severed penis. See, now I've spoiled the whole movie because there's nothing
else left to talk about. Local law enforcement seems to be non-existent, there is no character insight or reason for the sadism, no real plot, and although the
lead actress has an unusual face, she can't act, making this boring.
Slasher movie cliched story meets August Underground with a sprinkle of intellectual provocation. Most of the movie shows very extreme and realistically
graphic snuff gore and nastiness as a psycho tortures, rapes, carves, hammers, slices, chops and slashes his female victims for his video collection
which is numbered 101, 102, etc. The rest of the movie deals with a student doing research into snuff and visual violence, a professor who talks
about the social and psychological aspects, and some pointless back-stories on how the girls got into the clutches of the butcher. Features very gritty and
grainy cinematography and a pounding industrial soundtrack. Although it sounds like the ultimate nasty horror movie and it actually does get quite intense,
I found that it doesn't add up to anything. The plot is uninteresting, the horror is just endless nastiness, and the professor makes uninteresting and
idiotic statements like "women have always been objectified as body parts" and "porn is snuff because the camera reduces women to body parts".
A by-the-numbers teenage slasher movie coupled with a torture-porn movie, neither of them offering anything new or good. Some youngsters stay in a cabin,
they start disappearing, they start dying. Before they die, their faces are taken apart surgically and graphically for no particular reason. The writers didn't bother
to do anything but cash in on these genres. This is the kind of movie you forget as soon as the credits roll.
Somebody Help Me
Dee Snider attempts to cash in on the Silence of the Lambs trend by coming up with a new sadistic killer
who is obsessed with piercings, pain and stalking over the internet while trying to discuss this philosophically.
But this movie only comes off as an obviously inferior clone despite its disturbing, creepiness factor and the graphic brutality.
If you find yourself complaining that they don't make grindhouse like they used to, then this is the movie to watch. The cinematography, gritty and seedy atmosphere,
and most importantly, the character development, are all here. Unfortunately, at least for me, this is a failed attempt because it wants to provide modern-style
gratuitous shock, violence, sleaze and torture and still eat its cake too. See, the superintendent is that old overused excuse for anything twisted and violent:
A damaged Vietnam veteran. He wants to be nice to his wife and tenants, but every little thing seems to make him fly into a rage, and violence ensues. He finds himself
allied with a Russian Dominatrix tenant and her criminal acquiantances, all with a liking for sadism and killing, and the violence starts getting out of control.
All this would have been enough, but the movie adds snuff films, forced cross-dressing necrophilia, various sexual perversions, graphic eye-gouging and more, all of which
the superintendent calmly enjoys, clashing with the conflicted character setup of the movie. This is not only gratuitous, but kills the main character development of the movie.
Also features not one twist ending, but two. Less is more, guys.
A German Se7en clone that not only offers nothing new, it has a nonsensical premise concerning a twisted fascination with tattoos, and especially the skin they are imprinted on.
It even has a moody detective and a young apprentice tracking down gruesome deaths, and the movie piles on the visuals with gratuitous mutilated corpses in a morgue, skinned
victims, a sewer, gruesome gifts in a box, and even a burned corpse with an intact breast. Stylish and atmospheric, but predictable, dull and brainless.
Watching this piece of nasty brutality, I found myself wondering why I enjoyed the plotless, filthy, brutal Devil's Rejects but not this. The
answer was simple: Style, dark humor and character. This prequel to a tiresome remake of a classic horror movie with 3 bad sequels has no excuse.
It serves up another collection of teenagers for the slaughter, then slaughters them gorily and sadistically. It builds up some tension and terror
at times, then dashes it with stupid behaviour, scenes of a skimpily-dressed girl crawling, and unfunny camp that caters to fans of the serial killer
Leatherface. The typical stupid-girl formula is matched by an even stupider macho-scene involving a young man trying to prove himself to a killer
through push-ups. It promises some back-story, then runs through the most idiotic setup: Leatherface uses a chainsaw just because it was there, and
the family eats humans because they're poor and hungry, while a fat cow wanders around the streets smashing up cars. Useless and undeserved extreme
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, The
Lamberto Bava's comeback movie may be technically nice to look at but combines the worst aspects of a dull Pinku with an over-emphasis on nasty
torture, and a dumb giallo with a random surprise killer and idiotic Freudian psychology. Dumb girls are being auditioned; Dumb girls are made
to undress; Dumb girls are being tortured to death; Guess who is the perpetrator. Bottom of the barrel recycled plot, not enough nudity, no interesting gore.
"Hostel on a train with much more gore" just about sums this one up, except it's so empty-headed, badly acted and pointless that it makes Hostel look
like a masterpiece. Young American wrestlers on a tour in Russia go to a party (cue the programmed sex and nudity), then embark on a special train, only
to find it is run by a group of organ harvesters. Except these guys and gals don't simply drug you and steal your organs, they, for no good reason
whatsoever, beat you to a bloody pulp with brass knuckles, urinate on you, slice open your back and hammer your spine to stop you from squirming,
then pull out your eyeball or penis all the while you're still unrealistically alive and screaming, then they move on to the next victim to get a different
organ from him instead of harvesting them all from the same person. This one is so gruesome, it managed to be both a gorehound movie and a torture-porn movie,
except it is so incompetent that it is never scary, just boring sadistic gore. I hate you Eli Roth.
Early, grainy, retro serial-killer flick from the makers of The Super, modeled after Maniac and the like. A heavily muscled man is capturing women for torture and death
at the behest of an inner voice talking about sins, chosen ones and other nonsense. He turns on the charm one minute, then suddenly is a creepy stalker,
turning psychotic over stupid little things and his own delusions. Most of the gore is off-screen, but it is nasty and gritty nevertheless. One scene features
him abusing and then killing a young couple in front of each other and teasing him with her intestines. There are serious lighting and sound issues, the acting
ranges from barely passable to poor, and the movie as a whole is just boring, uninspired exploitation.
Turnpike Killer, The
Another collaboration between Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee, and yet another undisciplined, unconvincing mess. A sadistic father and son combo dominate and abuse
every woman they come across, to the most sadistic extremes they can think of, because we all know that's how men are. Get a clue people: It's not misogynistic when men
are portrayed as abusing women, it's misandrist. The father finds a feral women in the forest and brings her home as a pet, forcing his wife, son and daughters to join him
in his pet project, except, of course, he has obvious ulterior motives. Gender hatred, fear, sexual aggression and sadism ensue. McIntosh's performance as the wild
woman wavers between ferociously gripping and laughably 'I am woman hear me roar', as if the director told her to act like a woman about to bite a man, rather than a woman
brought up by wolves. The movie can't seem to decide whether this is a sequel of Offspring and therefore she is the last surviving member of a cannibal commune, or whether
she was raised by wolves. It also doesn't help that she was found wearing clothes, is too flabby to be living off the forest, and for some reason, decided to shave her
armpits and legs. The surprise ending further undermines this mess of a movie that has its moments, but which, in the end, is just a movie that wants to push buttons
without earning them.