If you like the Evil Dead movies, heavy metal music, or ultra gory horror comedies you will like this. If you simply have good taste in silly (raunchy and gory) horror, just see this.
Just a random aside, a shocking number of actors in this were from recent Power Rangers and Spartacus series. Not a bad thing, not a good thing; just an observation.
Written and directed by Jason Lei Howden (visual artist of The Hobbit movies), this playfully feisty New Zealand horror comedy opens with an almost adorably gross credit sequence complete with the stylings of Adult Swim and a personable narration which reminded me of an old favorite, The Gate (1987).
Not five minutes into this zany little gem (and a GLOWING gem it is) I had lost count of how many times I had laughed out loud at its brilliant execution, sense of humor, and random clip scenes featuring goofy sketches and wicked music video dreamscape sequences that reminded me of “W is for Wish” from ABCs of Death 2 (2014) and everything that was awesome about 80s music videos. When he used his laser vision to incinerate that chick’s (Kimberley Crossman; Power Rangers Samurai) top, Jeeeesus Chr--… oh… oh, dear, I seem to have gotten carried away. On with the review!
After being forced to move in with his uncle and insidiously bullying cousin, troubled teen metalhead Brodie (Milo Cawthorne; Power Rangers RPM) quickly unites with a group of social misfits, forms a metal band, and they bite off more than they can chew when they play some devil-worshipping music to summon the king of demons.
It’s not so obvious at first, but afterwards all of the adults in town are just…not right. They’re basically eye-gauged deadites. Think Ash vs the Evil Dead (2015) meets a zombie apocalypse and that’s kind of looney territory we’ve hit.
The acting is on-point, the editing and direction seem perfect during funny dialogue, and this just enhanced the quick-witted and frequent comedic execution. This movie is brilliantly hilarious! The Dungeons and Dragons scene was simple yet precious, but it had nothing on the bit when they’re coming up with the name for their metal band—Cannibal Unicorn, Maggot Sperm, and so many more beautiful combinations of words. I was also quite fond of the handful of Dungeons and Dragons references sparingly peppered in the script.
Not only is this movie delightfully funny, but it’s brutally gory as well. This film seizes every opportunity to be gross with the reckless abandon of irritable bowel syndrome. We have projectile blood vomiting into people’s face, blood enemas, ripping through bodies, splitting heads in half, the honest use of dildos as legitimately effective weapons against the supernatural, ripped out spinal columns, blood geysers, a chainsaw up the butt, coils of sloppy intestines falling out, forced dismemberment, a nude cultist (Delaney Tabron; Power Rangers Megaforce, Spartacus: War of the Damned) stabbing, a tarot card reader (Kate Elliott; Power Rangers Samurai, 30 Days of Night) heart rip, and when his bully cousin finally gets his messy comeuppance the accompanying dialogue with have you in love with this film!
It’s a lot like Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015) crossed with Ash vs the Evil Dead (2015). Just pure horror comedy bliss. And be sure to watch ‘til the end of the credits for a bonus scene featuring more grossly awesome band name ideas!
With a name like "Deathgasm", one of two things has to be present: 1. Lots of blood and/or 2. Lots of sex! Well, while it isn't a porno (far from it), it does have an abundance of killing and blood. It's kinda a love story about 2 metalheads who form a black metal band to kill time in England, and end up with a copy of their idol's "lost song" and decide they're gonna actually play the tune in their band, as opposed to just merely listening to it... The problem with this is that everyone who hears them play it turns into a demon/zombie and starts killing people! With lots of laughs to go with the gore and constant references to actual bands, this movie is a wet dream to any metalhead or horror fan. Since I happen to be both, it's a no-brainer for me. The acting isn't even that bad and the soundtrack is pretty cool too.
Is a young Peter Jackson reborn? This movie is FANTASTIC! Any fans of gore, demons, or straight up black/heavy metal will enjoy this film.
The story follows Brodie, a metalhead that spends his time at school daydreaming of being in an ultra heavy metal band, and spends his afternoons browsing the local record shop looking to snag the most obscure black metal record he could find. Brodie meets another punk kid named Zack, who tells him about the singer of a pretty popular black metal group hiding out in town. Brodie and Zack find the guy and steal his music, which was actually written to summon a demon.
Brodie and his friends start a metal group and play the demon music, unleashing hell on earth. Now, its up to Brodie and his buddies to put an end to the demon army and destroy the local crime syndicate who is looking to embrace the demon for world domination.
Simply put, this film is AMAZING! Expect massive amounts of humor, blood, guts, and gore. Oh, and an incredibly awesome soundtrack.
NOTE: The film was released on dvd format with alternate cover art and a new title "Heavy Metal Apocalypse" to Wal-Mart stores around the country. For whatever reason, Walmart felt the need to censor the title and artwork? Do yourself a favor and buy the film as intended here or at Best Buy.
I was extremely excited to see this movie after they hype it received and based on the trailers released. In theory it should hit all my favorite points - horror and metal forever!! I'm a huge fan of horror comedies; Tod and the Book of Pure Evil, Severance, Dead Alive, Shaun if the Dead, Tucker and Dale vs Evil... all favorites. However this one didn't really deliver. It seemed as though the writers and director were torn as to whether to make this movie a serious message regarding how hard being an outcast teenager is, and a funny, gory, team horror romp. There were amusing moments, but they were few and far between. That said, the cinematography was quite good and the roles well acted. All in all, there was more potential than the end product delivered, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth a watch - just not really worth owning, as I can't imagine watching it more than once or twice.
Dethgasm is a lot of fun. It's gory, juvenile, and true metal. While the plot isn't all that original and it winks at its references to EVIL DEAD 2, the gore and humor are memorable. The filmmakers seemed to get what fans of metal are about and entertained by. I had fun laughing at the self-deprecating humor. This is the movie Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny should've been (note I enjoyed that one). I'm not sure I'd recommend this to people who don't like metal, but maybe they can be converted...
LOVED it enough to buy it. A quirky comedy well-done horror film about loser (but not disgusting) metal heads that unleash demons in their pursuit to rock then fight them. Very well done. Four stars (just not quite the 5 star but SO ENTERTAINING) still a GREAT laugh for those who remember or are current metal aficionados that like quirky horror comedies so essentially has almost everything you want to see in that movie.