Deathgasm (2015) Review

Welcome to Day Three of horror comedies from New Zealand! It’s also the final day since I’ve only reviewed three! On Sunday I reblogged What We Do In The Shadows & yesterday I reviewed Housebound. Let’s finish things off with a bit of Deathgasm

Deathgasm (2015)

Directed & Written by Jason Lei Howden

Starring: Milo Cawthorne, James Blake, Kimberley Crossman, Stephen Ure

Plot Synopsis: (via IMDB)
Two teenage boys unwittingly summon an ancient evil entity known as The Blind One by delving into black magic while trying to escape their mundane lives.

My Opinion:

I kind of trashed Housebound yesterday. I did, however, think that What We Do In The Shadows was very funny. So, I don’t hate all “horror comedies from New Zealand”! Just Housebound. ūüėČ Then again, I’ve seen hardly any so I’m certainly no expert. Why is horror comedy such a popular genre there?

I suppose the King of this very specific genre would be Peter Jackson. I admit I’ve never seen Bad Taste & think I only saw part of Braindead (aka Dead Alive in the U.S.). I saw The Frighteners since I’m an American 80s kid so of course like Michael J. Fox but I barely remember it (think I liked it okay). Otherwise, I’ve only seen Jackson’s more mainstream stuff like his 1,528 Lord Of The Rings/Hobbit films. I’ve seen one other movie in this tiny genre: Black Sheep (2006). Meh. It was okay. Or is that “Bah. It was okay”? So let’s rank these! My worst to best:

– Housebound
– Black Sheep
– Deathgasm
– The Frighteners
– What We Do In The Shadows

Number one is first by far but, considering that I barely even remember my number two choice but stuck it at two anyway, I’ve clearly not been too impressed with this genre overall. Deathgasm looked like the type of movie I’d love so maybe I hyped it up too much but I was definitely disappointed.

From the little bit I’ve seen of Braindead, you should like this one if you like Jackson’s old stuff. This movie has a load of over-the-top fake gore. And lots of puking up blood, which I could’ve done without. I’m not really a fan of the whole “puking up blood” thing. This is a full-on splatterfest, if you like that sort of thing. It’s not something I love but will put up with if a movie is entertaining enough. Deathgasm was sort of just good enough to make me sit through the gore.

The most important thing, to me, was the “heavy metal” aspect & I’d say the movie did that well. I can’t say I actually knew any of the music (Should I? I’m not very hip – I stick to old school metal) but the look of the film & our two main metal dudes gave it a great heavy metal vibe. Plus, you know, there was lots of Satanic shit. You have to have Satanic shit in a heavy metal horror film! And a hot blonde.


Actually, why didn’t I like Deathgasm more?? It should be my type of thing as I love metal dudes in movies (Wayne & Garth!). I liked our two main guys okay & the girl was thankfully a little bit more than just the hot blonde for our nerdy metal loner. It fulfills the horror side of things nicely for those who love splatterporn and the comedy side of things as it did give me a few chuckles. It was far more funny than Housebound but unfortunately far less funny than What We Do In The Shadows or the majority of the many great horror comedies. I absolutely love this genre when a movie does it right (I did a list of My Top Ten Horror Comedies HERE) so maybe I’m overly picky but Deathgasm doesn’t come close to being added to that list. Too gross-out & not even laughs plus characters I can’t say I connected with as much as I was hoping. It was fun for a one-time watch, though, and worth a try for metalhead gorehounds.

My Rating: 5.5/10

I’d much rather hang out with Jack, Kyle & the best Satan ever than Brodie, Zakk & Satanic blood puking. Would be a lot more fun!

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17 thoughts on “Deathgasm (2015) Review

  1. I really wish they would make another Tenacious D movie! The Pick of Destiny is my spirit derfin! This looks like fun though, I’ll definitely have to watch it tonight! Thanks for sharing!

      • It was brilliant! It was cheesy but that kind of comes with the metal film genre (Wayne’s world and TD). I like that sort of humor anyway so it was a huge bonus to see that they kept up. The part with the dildo had my friend in stitches, we did watch it with our opinions warped somewhat by inebriated petulance haha. I’d give this 11/10 #needsmoredildo

  2. I enjoyed the post. Just saw hunt for the Wildepeople by same director as What We Do in the Shadows. Not horror, but wonderful.

    Shaun of the Dead should be high on your list. See it if you haven’t. And Army of Darkness (3rd Evil Dead film).

    • Hmm… I’d not heard of that movie so I just looked it up. Sounds good! I want to see it now. Yes, Shaun of the Dead is high on my horror comedy list. : ) Army of Darkness isn’t on the list but it’s been many years since I’ve seen it & I don’t remember it that well now…

    • But how do you REALLY feel? ; ) lol! I have to admit that I think Pick of Destiny sucks but I love Tenacious D & enjoyed the video for Tribute way more than this movie. But something that Dave Grohl is a part of will always be something that I love! : )

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