Horror Review: Deathgasm (2015)


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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.

Director: Jason Lei Howden
Writer: Jason Lei Howden
Stars: Milo Cawthorne, James Blake, Kimberley Crossman
Country: New Zealand
Release Date: 2 October 2015 (USA)
Runtime: 86 min

Director Jason Lei Howden’s debut full-length feature is the metal/horror mix Deathgasm starring Milo Cawthorne, James Blake and the gorgeous Kimberley Crossman. This splatterfest is sure to reach cult classic status by horror fans simply for how fun this popcorn flick plays out. The added mix of metal music will make this one of the go to horror movies featuring metal. In my opinion, you can never have too much metal in horror.

The film definitely has an eye for the easy gags and one-liners and takes every opportunity possible to include them no matter how well they will work. The practical effects used and the copious amounts of blood make for a fun film that never takes itself too seriously.

One of my favorite aspects of the film is the irony that Deathgasm employs. Metal music is for Satan worshipers and is not for the church going folk, so it is ironic that playing this metal song will bring the end of the world as we know it. The film has some fun with these concepts and does not overuse them.

Deathgasm - Milo Cawthorne and Kimberley Crossman

Quite honestly, the film is just fun. Milo Cawthorne as Brodie plays an excellent character as does James Blake as Zakk. The latter is more of what metal fans are supposed to be and the former is more of what they are in reality. The added elements of the romantic interest Medina, plays well by Kimberley Crossman fits right into the movie.

Deathgasm is just about as silly and fun as you would expect from a movie with this synopsis, so enjoy it for what it is and you will have a fun 90 minutes.

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