Deathgasm (2015) - Jason Lei Howden
Jason Lei Howden's Deathgasm is the type of throwback film that fans of early Peter Jackson or Sam Raimi are sure to enjoy - an enthusiastically gory horror comedy thats confidence is felt throughout every frame. The story is set around Brodie, a young metalhead who is forced to move in with his relatives after his mother is thrown in jail. A loner, Brodie soon meets Zakk, a fellow metalhead, and the two quickly bond over their mutual admiration for death metal. When Brodie and Zakk stumble across an ancient text, they unwillingly summon malevolent forces, forcing the young friends to go to war with demons for the sake of all of humanity. Deathgasm is the type of horror film which I can't help but enjoy, a gleeful little horror concept which is brooding with energy. The influences of early horror films are very apparent throughout Jason Lei Howden's Deathgasm, from the use of the kinetic, whiplash-like camera movements and quick-twitch editing that would make Sam Raimi blush, to the effective way in which Deathgasm injects comedy into its over-the-top splatterfest. Tongue-and-cheek is certainly a way to describe Deathgasm, never taking itself seriously in the slightest, being a film that's much more interested in providing a unique brand of entertainment, whether through over-the-top violence or absurdest humor. Both the horror and comedy aspects of Deathgasm work, but don't expect a scary film, as Deathgasm is more interested in providing creative over-the-top violence that works well with its unique brand of humor. While one could certainly get picky about some of the characterizations or plot devices throughout Deathgasm that certainly could have been a bit stronger, like the love triangle aspect which feels unquestionably forced, I'd have a hard time being overly critical of a film that more than succeeds at its main intentions, delivering a ridiculously fun horror comedy that blends Heavy Metal and Horror together with highly-entertaining results.
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