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. πŸ˜‰ 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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Housebound (2014) Review

Welcome to Day Two of horror comedies from New Zealand! There are more of these than I realized – I could’ve done a whole week of this genre. But, nah – I’m not that organized so I’m only doing three days. Yesterday I reblogged What We Do In The Shadows & tomorrow I’ll be looking at Deathgasm. Today let’s talk about Housebound

Housebound (2014)

Directed & Written by Gerard Johnstone

Starring: Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru

Plot Synopsis: (via IMDB)
A young woman is forced to return to her childhood home after being placed under house arrest where she suspects that something evil may be lurking in the house.

My Opinion:

This is one of those movies, like Blue Ruin, that I hadn’t heard of until a bunch of bloggers started raving over it after seeing it on Netflix (or wherever it popped up, meaning everyone saw it at the same time). Hmm. I love you guys! Seriously. I know I’m a bit of a nerd & don’t really fit in with people sometimes due to my not-exactly-mainstream taste in films so I often take the opinions of movie bloggers more seriously than I would “real life people” when it comes to movies. But, sometimes, y’all are NUTS! Lol! Oh well – at least I didn’t hate Housebound as much as I did Blue Ruin. πŸ˜‰


I looked like all of these people while sitting through this movie. 

Don’t worry – I’ll try to not totally trash this movie. I saw this ages ago now & have to say it’s grown on me a tiny bit. I can even honestly understand why some people really liked this one. It just didn’t work for me, mainly, because 1) The main girl is hateful and 2) I don’t think it really fulfills the requirements to be called a comedy (since it isn’t very funny) or a horror (since it isn’t scary – just briefly gory at the very end after an hour & a half of nothing happening). Okay, I guess that’s three things…. 3) Nothing happens until the last 20 minutes or so! It was a hell of a slog getting through this one – it was actually even worse than Blue Ruin for feeling like it would never end.


That’s the main girl. She gives that same sort of hateful look throughout the entire film.

Oh yeah – I wasn’t going to trash this. I’ll give it this: the movie does redeem itself slightly at the end. Besides the hateful girl, I even liked most of the characters! It’s hard to remain totally spoiler free here but there’s a character who shows up in the last 20 minutes or so who’s easily the best & most interesting thing about Housebound. It would’ve been nice to not sit through the first hour & a half in order to finally get to that, though.


There’s the main girl’s mom. She was pretty cool, actually. And somewhat funny. I guess.

To be a bit spoiler-y again, the movie I heard this compared to after seeing it was Wes Craven’s The People Under The Stairs. Yep, that’s very accurate. So if you love that one, you might want to give this one a shot. I have to say that I never really appreciated Craven’s film but Housebound made me appreciate it more & I now want to re-watch it. As borderline “bad” as The People Under The Stairs was, it was still better & more original than Housebound. I’m going to again sound old but far too many films just rehash old ideas nowadays without adding anything new or entertaining. I’m sick of it. I realize this happened back in my day as well & Craven’s film may also have been ripping something off for all I know but it’s ridiculous how unoriginal everything is now. Maybe people just felt like they were seeing something new & different with Housebound? I don’t know – I think I’m just a grumpy old person who has watched & read way too many things to ever find anything much of a surprise anymore. I’m old & bitter. Get off my damn lawn! You crazy kids. πŸ˜‰


A creepy teddy bear that really wasn’t very creepy. I think he may have been meant to fulfill the “comedy” bit of this horror comedy.

Summary:

I apologize to those of you who did love this movie! I really can understand the appeal as the overall story is halfway decent and there are some fun & quirky characters. Housebound just didn’t work for me. I found it extremely slow & uninteresting until the very end when things do finally pick up. As for the humor, I admit I’m very picky when it comes to comedy and find very few movies funny. People have such different comedic taste, though, so I can again understand this film’s humor working for some but not for others. However, I don’t think it’s a case of not understanding another country’s humor as I found What We Do In The Shadows to be genuinely funny & clever. Oh well. To each their own! Hopefully I liked Deathgasm more than this one…. You’ll find out tomorrow!

My Rating: 4.5/10


The best character in the film…

**If you’re in the mood for more of my complaining, you can read my recent review of the book The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins HERE. I read it in anticipation of going to the Emily Blunt film that’s out now but I hated the book so much that I think I’ll just wait for Netflix. Have any of you seen the movie? What did you think?

What We Do In The Shadows (2014) Review

What We Do In The Shadows (2014)

Directed & Written by Taika Waititi & Jemaine Clement

Starring: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, Rhys Darby, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford

Plot Synopsis: (via IMDB)
Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane – like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.

My Opinion:

Finally! I finally saw this! I remember contemplating going into London to watch this last year as nowhere local to me was playing it. I hate that. Was it worth the wait? Yeah, it’s pretty damn funny. I liked it! Would it have been worth a journey into London just to watch it? Hmm… Not really.

I don’t have a lot to say about this one, to be honest. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it – it’s just that the quote up there on the poster,”The Spinal Tap of vampire movies“, is all that really needs to be said. It’s a mockumentary about a group of vampires with very different personalities (thanks in part to their vast age differences) who live together in a flat. There are some pretty clever jokes and I thought they did a good job covering a lot of aspects of modern day life that centuries-old vampires would struggle with. I mean, seriously – it’s gotta be hard to go out for a night on the town when you actually have to be invited into any of the bars & clubs you wish to visit. I far prefer these socially awkward vampire misfits to the cool & sexy Interview With The Vampire types. Or those Twilight twats!

I’ve had a Flight Of The Conchords DVD collecting dust in my house for years. Well, it’s not been collecting dust as long as my too-expensive Lars Von Trier Riget DVD set… God I used to buy way too many DVDs that I never watched! Anyway, maybe I should dust off Flight Of The Conchords now? Did anyone here watch that show? Based on this movie, if the humor is similar since it’s from the same dude, I suppose I should finally check it out. What We Do In The Shadows is certainly not as funny as This Is Spinal Tap, though. No no no. No way! But no mockumentary will ever beat that one. This movie is my type of thing, though, and I say this too often lately but I do appreciate that movies like this still get made sometimes. They make up for all the utter shit out there! I wish more cinemas would give them a chance and I wouldn’t have to travel into London just to have the opportunity to see films that are remotely interesting or original. It’s also cool that the characters are so different in this that anyone watching the movie will probably have a favorite. I’m sure I’m not alone in liking Petyr the most. Gotta love that crazy Nosferatu-looking bastard! Even if he really doesn’t pull his weight as a flatmate. 

Summary:

Umm… Shit. Yeah – like the poster says, this is really just the Spinal Tap of vampire movies. There you go! I realize this is a super short review but you can’t say it any better than that. You either like that sort of thing or you don’t. I do. And, yes, any movie that references The Lost Boys will earn bonus points with me. πŸ˜‰ But will this movie make the obvious Top Ten I’ll be doing tomorrow (My Top Ten Horror Comedies)? You’ll just have to wait & see! 

My Rating: 7.5/10