4/25/17

OFF{AL}: SACRIFICE TO YOG SOTOTH CUT (2016)

Written by: Richard Taylor.

Aussie mad man Splat aka David Chopping delivers this evil little deity of a short film upon the underground masses.  Chopping is a long time supporter of underground films and associate of Extreme Horror Cinema www.extremehorrorcinema.com who are a group who share the latest extreme horror news/reviews/interviews.  This short was also featured on Volume 4 of Yan Kaos Underground Gore Shorts Anthology which is a sick compilation of international gore short films digging up only the most vile shit for true underground gore freaks to feast upon.  Contact Yan D.I.Y. and Splat/David Chopping on Facebook for more info on their sick material.  


This version of Off(al) is a bit different from the release on the gore shorts compilation I believe.  This one is in black and white and the other one is in color with a couple of other differences in editing. Off(al) is a dank ass down and dirty trip into the deranged mind of a baby mutilating maniac who lives a tormented existence as a sick dog of society.  The plot is simple and there is basically no dialogue but you the atmosphere and music really strike a nerve in your subconsciousness with the sheer feeling of dread and darkness it displays on the screen.

The little bit of dialogue there is has the maniac (played by Splat) playfully commenting on how cute the dead babies eyes are as the wretched and broken fetus is suffocatingly disposed of in a transparent plastic bag.  What makes it even more twisted is the showing of the familiar saying that comes written on the bag commenting how the bag can be harmful if it comes in contact with children and how it can suffocate them, a rather twisted bit of content which also brings to light some sick ass satire here.

The beginning of the short has the character bothered by nonstop crying from what would be clearly identified as an infant.  I'm not sure if its his infant or not but later on he dons a nightmare inducing mask and we see the baby is dead in a bag which he has placed in a bathroom sink.  He then proceeds to mutilate it with a pocket knife and we get some fucked up visuals of the infants severed head detached from the carcass laying in the sink.  Some other sick shit ensues including a self inducing vomiting session.

I think this a great and moody little short, a one man project which delivers some chilling visuals, atmosphere and a great haunting soundtrack.  Contact Yan D.I.Y. on Facebook to check it out with a bunch of other great shorts or at the very least contact Splat/David Chopping on Facebook where he has a link where you can watch it for free.  Cheers and support from Canada, throw another dead baby on the bar-b.

Rating: 3 out of 5




Directed by: David Chopping
Written by: David Chopping
Produced by: David Chopping
Cinematography by: David Chopping
Editing by: David Chopping
Special Effects by: David Chopping
Music by: David Chopping
Cast: David Chopping
Year: 2016
Country: Australia
Language: English
Color: Black & White
Runtime: 14min

Distributor: Mental Head Trauma Films



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BLACK PAST (1989)

Written by: Greigh Johanson.

When I was in middle school I wanted to make my own splatter movie. I was inspired after I watched Peter Jackson's "Bad Taste" at an very early age, and of course, the concept had been much more amateurish in response to an 18mm film camera that reacts in grain pixels when the light is published in the wrong place. And the actors would be familiar with friends, family and cheap material. This description also fits well in how Olaf Ittenbach's debut movie Black Past has been produced, albeit a bit better than what my childhood dream had looked like if it ever became true, which I now, 22 years later, don't think will happen.



This is as homemade as the little splatter sequence that always appeared in the captions of an old hired VHS cassette between the 80-90s (Something that was recorded to provoke adult parents of course) and Black Past might as well have been one of these clips.

Black Past is about Thommy, the teenager who defies his family - he is intoxicated with alcohol as soon as something goes wrong in daily life. At school he has become interested in Petra, the most difficult girl in class, and after a few tries he succeeds in winning her heart. When Thommy invites Petra, she soon comes in contact with a mirror hanging on the wall in his boyroom. What she doesn't know is that the mirror contains a hellova curse and sends demons from another dimension. She gets obsessed and goes out of the house and gets hit by a car. Thommy takes care of Petra's death and circumventes a deep depression. But something is revealing and Thommy gets delusions and constantly dreaming of how Petra returns to life to kill him.

The plot is very simple structured and could have been made a thousand times better with the flair Ittenbach experienced today. Much of the dialogue doesn't feel lively and energetic as I wish - which in turn leads to excessive sleeping moments. The deliberately bad comedy is doing extra badly when you notice how disappointment is expressed. But this is after all an amateur movie at high school level - so you should not expect anything special from the prescribed performance.

The clothes, the hairstyles and the music really screams from the 80's. I don't understand that people really dressed so ruthlessly? It's probably that part of the movie that's most humorous because Olaf Ittenbach has one of the most ridiculous mullets I've ever seen and the synth-hairstyles from that time can't be compared to today's equipment. But what gave Olaf Ittenbach his big name in the underground world is that he takes such an enormous natural talent in special-effects. Black Past is a gold mine and contains substantially more bloodshed and gut than Peter Jackson's "Bad Taste" did three years earlier.

Black Past is not the movie you view in terms of its action and script. Black Past is the movie you admire because of the deep bizarre entertainment violence that works as well as placing fireworks in the hand of a child - You get excited and just want more!

Rating: 3 out of 5.




Directed by: Olaf Ittenbach
Written by: Olaf Ittenbach
Produced by: Olaf Ittenbach, Michael Müller, André Stryi
Cinematography by: Michael Müller
Editing by: Brigitte Armbrüster
Special Effects by: Olaf Ittenbach
Music by: Martin Lutz, Thomas Reitmair
Cast: Olaf Ittenbach, Andrea Arbter, André Stryi, Alfons Sigllechner, Susanne Nebbe, Sonja Berg, Ivo Tischler, Rudolf Wimmer, Anette Arbter, Andreas Mehringer, Alexander Suslow, Michael Müller, Hildegard Bogner, Gabriele Wernitz, Tassilo Schuhmacher, Nicole Beger-Hinzen
Year: 1989
Country: Germany
Language: German
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 25min

Distributor: IMAS Filmproduktion


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4/23/17

ACTIVE STENOSIS - SUCCUMBED TO INFECTION (2015)

Review by: Ivar Malm.

WHATS UP SICKOS AND GORE PERVERTS!
Let me present this sick one-man Pathological Blasting goregrind/gorenoise project ACTIVE STENOSIS from Grecce. If you're familar with bands like Last Days of Humnaity, Bowel Leakage  etc, then you will fucking love this piece of sickness.







Active Stenosis has been active since 2009 and has released some splits/singels and EPs through the years, but this one is AS's first full-length masterpiece, released on CD in 2015 through Eyes Of The Dead Productions.

SUCCUMBED TO INFECTION delivers a sound of ultra blasting drum-programming with sticky lowtuned guitars and ultra pitch shift vocals with high pitch screams - 25 tracks of pure deadly blasting patholigical goregrind/noise - Every track is about a surgical or pathogical theme which suits this kind of grind perfect.

I'm a sucker for that kind of grind - Disgusting and gory. It also delivers a perfect type of goregrind that every brutal goregrinder should checkout; a truly masterpiece in the underground - one of my big favourites out there.

If you're looking for a perfect and well made style of brutal as fuck grind without the shitty and boring political stuff, then you've the perfect release right over here - And remember, this is nothing for the power metal dudes. Moahaha.

You can download it for free right here:
https://activestenosis.bandcamp.com/album/succumbed-to-infection

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.



All music and lyrics by: Ioannis "NX5" Adamidis (except for track 23)
Photography by: LaLa*
Engineered/mixed/mastered by: Ioannis "NX5" Adamidis
Recorded in: November 2014.

Active Stenosis are: Ioannis "NX5" Adamidis (Everything)

Official facebook: https://www.facebook.com/activestenosis/
Official bandcamp: https://activestenosis.bandcamp.com


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4/22/17

BLUTNACHT 1 & 2 (1999 - 2002)

Written by: Richard Taylor.

Here lies a couple of the most influential low budget German splatter films to ever grace the small screen.  Long cherished by underground gore movie fans from across the globe the Blutnacht double bill has been heralded along the lines of Violent Shit and early Olaf Ittenbach stuff like Black Past.  The only difference is that this shit is so underground you have to go further down into the underground to get at it.  Blutnacht has long been championed by splatter freaks and revered by German authorities alike.  




Director and Blutnacht guru Jochen Stephan is the main demented mind behind Blutnacht and the guy is super nice, informative and so down to earth about the whole thing.  He is easy to reach as I have conversed with him over social media and have also interviewed him plus he is a huge fan of underground films himself and I believe this is what makes Blutnacht stand out amongst the herds of other splatter films.  Jochen is just as big a fan of splatter as the fans who love Blutnacht, probably more because he has an enormous collection himself and he is ultra cool about helping other collectors obtain hard to find titles or in some cases providing copies to them himself.

The original Blutnacht: Die Rache des Dämon was released in 1999 originally but was confiscated by authorities and banned.  After an investigation Stephan was given back copies of the film and re-released them in 2002 along with a better quality sequel for a double dropkick to the nuts to stick it to the man.  Both films are charming in their own right and its easy to see the appeal to splatter fans as they are loaded with over the top gore and even if they are a bit rough around the edges this further cements their gruesome appeal in the annals of splatterdom.

Blutnacht was filmed when Jochen was the ripe old age of 18/19 years old so his heart was in the right place even if the technical aspects weren't so polished.  It was shot on VHS so the quality even on the DVD transfer is murky at best.  In this modern age of VHS collectors this style should sit well with most viewers.  Both part 1 and 2 are in German without subs but they are still enjoyable to watch, i'm assuming the dialogue is of minimal interest and you can get the jest of it.  There has been an English subbed version released of part 1 as I write this review and an upcoming release possibly of a subbed version of part 2.  Both of my DVD copies I purchased directly from Jochen which he signed as well as posters for each film which he also graciously signed.

From what I can gather part 1 features a couple of friends meeting up to plan a get together with a goofy secret handshake included.  After a long intro of Jochen driving and listening to metal music the two friends meet at a pub for a pint and have a chat before parting ways.  The group of friends then meet up one night including Jochen whose friend makes a move on his girl.  Distraught and pissed off Jochen takes off only to be hilariously hit by a car.  He then emerges to be possessed by a demonic force which has him murdering and slaughtering everyone he encounters that night in the countryside.

Blutnacht is shot at night so its really hard to see a lot of whats going on but fortunately we get ample kills and we can competently see the gore clear enough.  Lots of knifing, gut pulling, a torso is hacked in half with an ax, a body has gasoline poured on it and burned, a bow saw is used on another victim and we get a cool altar of dismembered body parts in one scene.  Not sure if its meant to be humorous but in particular scenes a masked black cloak wearing figure appears to present our killer Jochen with various tools of carnage for the demons use.  The masked figure also shows up after a victim has been dispatched and delicately lays a blanket over their dismembered carcasses all to the theme music of the famous wrestler The Undertaker, I shit you not.  Its like the cloaked figure is the Paul Bearer character to Jochen's Undertaker.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Directed by: Jochen Stephan and Hermann Weller
Written by: Jochen Stephan
Produced by: Jochen Stephan
Cinematography by: Sven Vogel
Editing by: Jochen Stephan
Special Effects by: Jochen Stephan
Music by: Troopers, Feindflug, Undertaker Theme
Cast: Jochen Stephan, Hermann Weller, Michael Melzer, Michael Geier, Sven Vogel, Melanie Vogel, Sylvia Rauschenberger, Melanie Steffen, Stephan Link
Year: 1999
Country: Germany
Language: German
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 24min + 10min extras.

Distributor: West Pictures



In Blutnacht 2 we are given much better film quality, actually it's like night and day when comparing the two films.  With this one there was better equipment and more experience at the time after completing the original.  With this sequel or re-telling we get plenty of more glorious and graphic splatter which spares no detail in its execution.  This is the stuff of splatter fans wet dreams and then some.  







This story begins with a cult of evil worshiping Cradle Of Filth-fans performing a sacrifice and then drinking blood from the Stanley Cup.  A horny couple break away from their fellow cult brethren and decide to fuck in the woods or at least get down to some naughty foreplay.  The demon awakens from a loose shrub and offs the couple in normal splatteriffic fashion as the guy is just about to bust a nut on his girlfriends face via fellatio.  Later another group of young campers enter the woods for more demon fodder.

There's some nice looking German girls in this one, I was hoping for more nudity but I'll take what I can get.  I snickered at how one of the brunette girls in the group of friends is dressed like a total skank about ready to dominate the stripper pole, God bless her heart.  We are also treated to some humor with this buffoon-like character who runs around with his ass showing and writing on his arse cheeks reading &I love ham.&  This crazy cunt even rapes one of the girls corpses after the demon is finished mutilating it.

This sequel is really the epitome of splatter films and is an item every collector or gore freak needs in their life. Bodies are chainsawed, eviscerated, bisected, impaled,  and so fourth nonstop as the demon once again played by towering Jochen Stephan makes his way with loving anatomical destruction through all the unfortunate fucks who cross his path.  We even get a scene which shows even demons get the trots, squirts.....whatever you wanna call it as a waterfall of liquid brown poop smothers one poor bi-otch.

Once again we get those technical flaws, non-existent acting and sub par production values but this is splatter and we want gore and if you want blood you got it!  Blutnacht 1 and 2 are must see classic splatter-pieces.  All bow down and hail Jochen Stephan and the infamous gore monstrosities he has set loose on the unsuspecting world for the gore lovers to lovingly lap up and beg for more.  With slim chances at a Blutnacht 3 we should learn to never say never because once the heart is in this passion it will eventually find its way back.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Directed by: Jochen Stephan 
Written by: Jochen Stephan
Produced by: Jochen Stephan
Cinematography by: Timo Wetzel
Editing by: Jochen Stephan
Special Effects by: Jochen Stephan
Music by: Troopers, Slayer
Cast: Jochen Stephan, Sascha Baldermann, Verena Köhler, Jan bier, Katja Dietrich, Natascha Köhler, Philipp harr
Year: 2002
Country: Germany
Language: German
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 28min + 67min extras.

Distributor: Splattack Pictures



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TORCHED (2004)

Written by: Greigh Johanson.

Throughout the 90's, Ryan Nicholson hid as a make-up artist for TV shows like X-Files, Millennium and Stargate SG-1 - to name some of the most famous titles from the wide archive. Using his creativity, he then made his full director debut by completing the American death metal band Necrophagia's "Nightmare Scenerios" film from 2004. This was a co-production alongside low budget director Vince D'Amato. In the same year, Ryan also chose to debut with the short film "Torched" which is a blood-penetrating and concluding torture story not like any other.



Torched is probably the rape'n revenge genre's ultimate deluxe concept and although the movie only lasts for 47 minutes, it gives us enough space to spare its excellent beauty. Certainly, I tend to get tired after watching a movie with a fair story that goes beyond 60 minutes and gives us all the goodies in the very last minutes. But that's not the case with Torched. Ryan Nicholson fills each scene with something hard-boiled and it never stands still in motion. Time flies away and you're stuck on the couch and ask for more.

Late in the evening, Deanna leaves her apartment to go to work. Before she leaves the elevator, she's overpowered by a masked man who brutally rapes her. Deanna gets crushed but doesn't call the police and goes to work as if nothing has happened. She wakes up the next night in the apartment and there's the masked intruder who again tries to rape her. But she succeeds in dominating him and taking revenge by torturing him in the coming days. But it seems that this rapist isn't the same person as before, and in a spirit of vengeance, she tries to find the identity of the first attacker using a DNA-cottontopper. She gets very shocked when she finds out who it really is...

Unlike any other movie from its own specific genre, let me say "In Spit On Your Grave" or "The Last House on the Left" then we don't possess the bitter and prolonged wait for vengeance. Here it hits directly with an exclusively violent depiction. It contains some delicious scenes that only Ryan Nicholson can tone to his audience - bizarre, crazy and very painful - Just as a teaser for what later became Gutterballs and Hanger. Two of my favorite movies by Nicholson.

Actors perform well, the effects and general film technology are taken from any Nicholson movie. You simply know what awaits you, it's highly recommended to those who like torture movies that are far from Hostel and Saw. There are probably many small details we're missing out on in the movie. But do not worry - it's low budget and the movie follows a fair playing time.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Directed by: Ryan Nicholson
Written by: Patrick Coble, Vince D'Amato, Ryan Nicholson
Produced by: Rob Carpenter, Vince D'Amato,
Damien Foisy, Nicole Hancock, Ryan Nicholson,
Selby O'Brien, Peter Speers

Cinematography by: Damien Foisy
Editing by: Vince D'Amato, Guy Stone
Special Effects by: Elisabeth Jolliffe, Christ Stanley,
Sarah Bergeest Still

Music by: Rob Johnson, Ryan Nicholson, Christ Stanley
Cast: Michelle Boback, Tamara Pender, Daniel Lomas, Ryan Haneman, Rob Scattergood, Peter Speers,
Rob Carpenter, Christ Stanley, Sarah Bergeest Still,
Nicole Hancock, Willard Cochrane

Year: 2004
Country: Canada
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 47min

Distributor: Plotdigger Films.


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