Movie Review-The Life and Death of a Porno Gang

Plot-Marko is an immature film student who wants to be a film director. At first he thinks about filming his life story to show how hard it is to make your first film. Then instead, he gets a job as a porn director and borrows money from the mob to make his movie. And when he cannot pay the money back, Cane who leads this mob beats him up and wants his money so it forces Marko and his band of misfits to think of a way to make money fast. And he comes up with this porno playhouse traveling porn cabaret show. As you can guess these live sex shows are not exactly a hit with locals, until they meet a local man who wants to pay Marko a lot of money to film live snuff films that involve murdering people who want to die. What is in the water in Serbia?

Review-
To be fair, how much you love this film depends on what you watch a film for. If you watch a film for the happy endings and positive message, do not even think about watching this film. I know this film will be unfairly placed in the same category as The Serbian Film, while it shares some things in common it is a truly different film. Like Serbian film the material in this film is very hardcore and adult. The sex acts at times are very graphic, the violence and kills are brutal and almost unwatchable. Also, like Serbian this film has a slow build where you sit back and wonder when the rubber band they are tightening up on you is going to break. This film slowly starts to creep on you, and gives you some imagery that you may not want to see, and probably will think about heavily like I did, once the film was over.

This film gives you two levels of disturbing, one is from the open-ness it has about sex and nudity. The sex in this film is at its most raw form, you watch a man put his penis in the dirt and have sex with the ground. Also, you watch a group rape that ends up with the group laughing. The second level of disturbing is from the message this film has about assisted suicide. I will honestly say right now, when this film goes in the direction of them filming these people wanting to kill themselves is both brutal and so bloody that you are going to either be very grossed out or be in pure joy of all the blood and gore. The scene involving the guy carving himself open with a razor, at first was disturbing but they found a way to really push that scene and milk it for all it was worth and then some.

This like Serbian Film is truly a snuff film. But, like Serbian it was a well written story with characters you are not sure whether they are good or bad people, and the acting in this film really was very well done. The shocker of this film was the deep meaning of characterization this film had. The back story on each character is beautifully told and you get feelings for each of them, that the last half this film gets to be very depressing and almost heart breaking to watch as you do not know what will happen next but you understand why they did what they did. The meaning of this film is a group of misfits that really wanted to fit in, and just wanted to not be alone. This film is a must see for all fans of shock horror, and films that push the bounds for what films are supposed to give you. This film does not deliver one punch, it delivers quite a few. What a powerful and meaningful film that I think is on par if not a tad better than the other Serbian Film. I really love what Serbia is giving us in terms of films, and I am dying to see what is next. I would have loved films like this to come out in my youth and my parents to come in the room, “mom and dad it is a horror film I swear”.

10 out of 10