Monday, July 31, 2017

Repugnant Review: Gestapo's Last Orgy (1977) - Cesare Canevari

Welcome back folks. I was going through a pile of things I needed to watch, and at the bottom, was Gestapo's Last Orgy. The 1977 Italian Nazisploitation flick directed and co-written by Cesare Canevari is top tier trash. Considering the film also goes by "Last Orgy of the 3rd Reich" and "Caligula Reincarnated as Hitler", I knew I was in for it. Infanticide, cannibalism, torture, rape, immolation, and a huge dose of anti-semitism, this is pretty much the ultimate Nazisploitation flick on the market, and if you're into Italian shockers like 120 Days of Sodom or Canadian Nazisploitation classic Ilsa, She Wold of the SS, then you will most certainly enjoy this.

I think one of my favorite things about giallo, or Italian exploitation/sexploitation films, is no matter how shocking or outrageous the film is, it is always filmed beautifully and edited perfectly. The material coming out of this film is absolutely mind blowing, with some of the most shocking scenes I have ever witnessed. One scene involved Nazi officers eating a stew consisting the flesh of Jewish infants, and when one of the Jewish women passes out as they eat, they cover her with liquor and set her on fire... and then they eat her. This scene is actually still banned in the UK versions of the films, and rightfully so. I really enjoyed the cast in this one, especially Daniela Poggi who played Lise Cohen, an unbreakable Jewish woman who will not give in to the Nazi's torture. Adriano Micantoni who played Commandant Conrad von Starker was pretty awesome as well; an absolute bastard and enjoyable villain.

This movie had a great mix of disturbing content and heavy drama. It was almost on the line of being an actual Nazi-era war drama, but due to the extreme content it's considered a Nazisploitation flick. It really is a great film, and if you're into these kind of films, definitely check it out. This film will appease any euro-trash maniac and filth monger. You can pick this movie up from the great Severin Films, and if you're cool enough, you'll spend the few bucks to pick up Gestapo's Last Orgy and few other films from them. I'll post the links below and let me know what you think of the film!


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Repugnant Review: Carver (2008) - Franklin Guerrero Jr.

WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU HAVE A GROUP OF COLLEGE KIDS BEING TRACKED DOWN BY AN OBESE HILLBILLY?.. Um, I'm not sure. I could probably name a dozen films with that same premise, but CARVER stands out for me. The slasher flick written and directed by Franklin Guerrero Jr is what I would consider the best hillbilly splatter flick. I actually saw this movie way back in High School with a buddy of mine, and since then it has always stuck with me. I mean, it's not the greatest horror film of all time, it definitely has it's issues, but it's just a fun movie. I'm always a sucker for extreme blood splatter and gory special effects, and Carver really hits hard when it comes to the gruesome imagery.

As I said, it definitely has its issues. The cast in particular is pretty bland, and even the killer himself is pretty boring. He's your typical fat redneck in a mask kind of deal, and the cast is made of the handsome dude, the whiny hero, the obnoxious couple, and the troubled female character. Sound familiar right? I don't want to sound to rough though. This is definitely a low budget splatter flick and I'm assuming they spent most of the budget on the gore and effects... definitely not getting the greatest actors. Speaking of gore, Carver follows through with the blood. There are so many memorable deaths in this, and they're killed in the most brutal fashions. One of the kills reminds me of this not so obviously titled song, "Hammer Smashed Face" by Cannibal Corpse. Absolutely gruesome, and very very fun.

The story itself is pretty run-of-the-mill. College buddies on break, and attempting to camp in backwoods hillbilly territory. They add a pretty cool concept into the mix, where the rotund killer films his own little movies, and names his little snuff flicks corny slasher names. Other than that, it's still a decent horror film, and a very fun and entertaining slasher flick. I highly recommend this to all of the gore-hounds out there, especially for those who love outrageous effects. Blood, gore, rednecks, and torture... how can you not enjoy that? I have the Unrated: Grisly Edition, which has some of the nastiest scenes I've ever seen (for those who are testicle sensitive, beware), and I don't think an actual rated version exists. Rated versions suck ass anyway, always go for the unrated cuts, especially when they are labeled with "Grisly" in the title. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Repugnant Review: Thanatomorphose (2012) - Éric Falardeau

I don't think I should of eaten before watching this...

Hey there everyone, welcome back to the Repugnant Playhouse and tonight I got another disgusting film to introduce to you too. I had just finished watching the 2012 gross out horror film Thanatomorphose, a nasty flick about a woman who wakes up one day to find out that she is slowly rotting. It's a pretty interesting concept, and I could only imagine the possibilities that would come out of the content of the film story wise, and especially the special effects. Although incredibly gross, and this is coming from a person who has witnessed some disgusting things, this film was pretty damn great.

First off, I have to give some praise to actress Kayden Rose (Laura). Talk about an insane roll, which mostly included her being completely naked through out the film, and slowly being caked in some of the most gruesome gore make up I have ever seen. The progression of the wounds were just perfect, with the character Laura finding small bruises on her body after sleeping one night, and seeing them just get bigger, darker, and eventually we start to see the inevitable rot. It was glorious, and absolutely disgusting. This movie just had an incredible SFX team, and it really showed, and you almost don't see that style of realistic gore anymore, and actually, you know what this film almost reminds me of? Nekromantik and The Death King.

I mean, it has a lot of those Jorg Buttgereit elements. A fairly low budget artsy horror film with a deep theme of Death and Decay, incredibly great special effects and visuals, lack of dialogue with the characters actions and camera really telling you the story... it's like mixing the hyper-sexual elements of Nekromantik with The Death King's theme and visuals of death and the mental anguish of slowly dying. What's great is that Thanatomorphose completely stands on its own, both content wise and visually. Dark, gritty, gross, disturbing, and done very well I have to say. It's been awhile since I've seen a movie that really got to me like, not really in a "gross out" kind of way, but it was just incredibly compelling, and I very much enjoyed watching it.

I definitely recommend this. If you're easily grossed out by extreme gore, blood, and other bodily fluids, just don't even bother. It's an aquired taste for sure, and this is a pretty extreme film. Speaking of taste... I really don't recommend eating before or during Thanatomorphose... just don't... or do it, I don't care. Just don't go crying to me when you choose this movie to watch during date night with your gf/bf and you suddenly upchuck on your partner.

Monday, July 17, 2017

In Memoriam: George A. Romero, Godfather of the Dead

On July 16th 2017, we lost a filmmaking legend. The Father of the Zombie Film passed away in his sleep after his brief fight with lung cancer, and since then social media has been flooded with passionate tributes to the film legend. I was honestly shocked, and deeply saddened by this loss. It really hit home, considering the first horror films I've ever seen were Night of the Living Dead, and Dawn of the Dead. Even now I'm sitting here typing this with a grimace on my face, watching The Dark Half, one of a few of George Romero's collaborations with the brilliant horror author Stephen King. Romero's films were way ahead of their time, tackling some of the biggest issues at the time, especially with his film Night of the Living Dead; a film that had an African American in a lead role (Duane Jones), which was very controversial at the time with the Civil Rights movement at it's strongest, and scariest point in time.

George Romero knew how to get reactions out of people, not only with blood and gore, but just his satirization of the world around him. He poked fun at the absurd bullshit going on in the U.S. whether it be racism, consumerism, war, and the tyranny within out own selves. He showed us that we could all become these creatures; Soul-less monsters who want nothing to do than destroy and consume. His work was deeper than most, and we will always remember the impact he left on not only the horror community, but the world of filmmaking.

Fans, let us remember the Legend by what we do best, by putting our collections together, and having a lengthy marathon spanning his career. I'm actually doing that right now as I type this, and you should to. Start with Night of the living Dead, and up. Let us praise his work, and remember the great times we had watching them when we first watched them for the first time. And if you know someone who hasn't seen any of his work, share it with them. Spread the Gospel of the Dead and the incredibly work that George Romero has given us over the past 50 years.

Rest in Peace, George A. Romero. The world will never be the same without you.