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.
You don’t have to be a metalhead to enjoy Jason Lei Howden’s riotous horror-comedy ‘Deathgasm’, but there’s little denying that it helps. Set against a bludgeoning soundtrack and peppered with references to everything from backmasking to Metallica, this breakneck exercise in funny, brutal insanity is most rewarding to fans of both metal and horror, but with the jokes and kills coming at 100 miles per hour from the outset, its hit rate is so impressively high that even the uninitiated will find plenty to love here.
Look at it. LOOK at that title! HOW can you not love that title alone? Before I even knew anything about this film, that title lured me in like Haribo to a chubby kid, and boy howdy was I not disappointed.
Very 80’s in its approach, Deathgasm encapsulates all the gritty, gnarly visuals you loved as a kid, well, when I was a kid anyway. Centring around its love of heavy metal, it pays wonderful and hilarious homage to the genre, packed with so many references it’s hard to keep up if you’re not a fan of the likes of Slayer, Metallica and such. Fear not, however, for you need not be a hard rocking amigo to appreciate the genius of this film.
After the first 15 minutes, I knew that Deathgasm was what I wanted Detention to be. Not your usual teen buddy movie, it impresses beyond expectation. On point and brimming with hilarious one-liners, it had me hooked. Bursting with axe shredding, dirty deaths (some more literal than others – ooer) and gore gore galore, it packs a punch, in the most awesome way possible. The special effects are insane, making you want to jump out of your seat and throw the horns like a muthalicker. Even if metal isn’t your usual music choice, you’ll find yourself caught up in the madness of it all, it’s THAT special.
Deathgasm was shown as a midnight screening at Fright Fest. Most times, films in this slot can be a struggle to get through, mainly due to how long you’ve been awake. Happily, this had no trouble keeping everyone awake , the crowd was going wild, and rightly so. It keeps your interest the whole way through, making you laugh and wince at the same time, and STILL leaves you wanting more.
Deathgasm is best watched with your pals, after a few beers, under the cover of darkness. Enjoy the acid washed denim blood feast, that’ll leave you hot, sweaty and very satisfied. It would be a crime if there was no sequel in the planning, because Deathgasm f*****g rocks! ROCK OUT WITH YOUR CINEMATIC C**K OUT!
Deathgasm is screening at GrimmFest and Celluloid Screams film festivals this October