Deathgasm is NOT Todd and the Book of Pure Evil. No way. No how. I see minimal connection between the two and wanted to get that off my chest because every time I seem to mention Deathgasm I get a resounding response that suggests that it MIGHT be inspired by Todd. It isn’t. Now Evil Dead… it was definitely inspired and is a love note to Evil Dead. In fact Deathgasm coming to you on Blu-ray is a little bit of a bunch of great subgenres and styles. Heavy Metal Horror. Occult Horror. Practical Effect Horror and even a hint of Zombie Horror. I see homages to Trick or Treat and even The Gate in this picture. This all comes to you courtesy of the great country of New Zealand, known for producing over the top, gore stores of movies. Deathgasm happily follows in that tradition.
What’s not to like about Deathgasm? This is a movie filled with good metal music, plenty of Horror Comedy that works in both arenas, Horror and Comedy. The performances are on point, and aside from some jokes that miss their marks, you can be assured of seeing some unique kills, good looking undead or possessed or whatever you want to call them. This is a fun Horror movie. Chances of it actually scaring you should be close to nihil unless you watch the Fat Albert Halloween Special with a change of underwear in hand, but it has enough balls to the wall action to make it an instant cult and fan favorite.
I’ll watch it over and over again. It seems some of my favorite Horror this year is hitting from down under with Wyrmwood having such a strong showing amongst Horror regulars and newbies alike. From what I can tell Deathgasm has been getting the love from the Horror community and Metal community. That’s a winning combination.
The release includes reversible cover art (with two awesome choices). There are plenty of interviews to introduce you to your favorite characters and a commentary track, but my favorite thing on a release of this type is the make-up featurette. Make sure to enjoy that especially given the budget of this release. Getting the full story from the director as to just how Deathgasm gets to your table is a powerful story for independent filmmakers looking to break in especially with big ideas and zero budget. I’m afraid I wasn’t a huge fan of the music video that accompanies the release, but it may well inspire some of you metal heads.
My second viewing of Deathgasm reaffirmed my love of the movie in the face of so many Horror comedies released in 2015. It was nice to know that this one stood by its characters, its creatures and its music creating a world that felt real enough to be my own high school world while creating enough Evil Dead fantasy to keep me from feel stoic and sullen. What a fun ride. Don’t miss this metal massacre with brilliant demon flare.
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From Dark Sky:
High school is truly hell in DEATHGASM. Metal-thrashing Brodie (Milo Cawthorne, Blood Punch) is an outcast in a sea of jocks and cheerleaders in a suburban wasteland until he meets a kindred spirit in fellow metalhead Zakk (James Blake). After starting their own band, Brodie and Zakk's come upon a mysterious piece of sheet music said to grant ultimate power to whoever plays it. But the music also summons an ancient evil entity known as Aeloth The Blind One, which threatens to tear apart existence itself.
The boys' classmates and family become inhabited by demonic forces, tearing out their own eyes and turning into psychotic murderers ... and that's only the beginning! It's up to Brodie, Zakk and their group of friends to stop a force of pure evil from devouring all of mankind.
Commentary with Writer Director Jason Lei Howden
Make Up Featurette
Interview with Jason Lei Howden
Music Video for BulletBelt - “Deathgasm”