Inhuman Resources (AKA Redd Inc.) 2012 Dir. Daniel Krige, USA, 93 mins
Now, don't get me wrong, Film Gutter is something very close to my heart. It's my passion project and I care deeply about trying to get the word out there on the incredible range of films in extreme horror cinema. But as I'm sure many of you can understand, it's not something you could often describe as fun. Films like Thanatomorphose, Snuff 102, American Guinea Pig: Bloodshock and The Vomit Gore Trilogy have really put me through the wringer. Today's movie, however, is rather an exception, because it is fun. Sure, it's a pretty dark and unpleasant bread of fun, but Inhuman Resources is a riot for those with a bleaker sense of humour than the average.
The Beast in Heat (AKA Hell Camp) (1977) Dir. Luigi Batzella (as Ivan Kathansky), Italy, 86 mins
Hooray! It's Nazispolitation time! Some of you might be wondering 'what the hell is Nazosploitation', so to answer that before we go further this is a subgenre of extreme horror offering films set in Nazi Germany, often centred on bizarre and disturbing experiments or torture techniques in SS camps. If you go looking, you'll actually be surprised how popular this niche was – Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS and The Gestapo's Last Orgy are a couple of the most prominent examples. And from any of these movies you can expect a good smattering of gore, plenty of nudity and lots of actors and actresses giving their best dastardly and sinister efforts.
Well here's a movie that has had its fair amount of hype. The trailer looked really interesting, and I've always had a great fondness for international horror – old favourites from these pages have included the French Martyrs, Germany's Cannibal, Australia's The Loved Ones and plenty more besides. But most of the horror movies that have come with a fair amount of pre-release excitement have been deep disappointments – It Follows, The Witch and The Green Inferno have all fallen below 5/10 for me. So I come to Baskin, a recent Turkish horror feature that has received a great reception around the horror circuit and hits UK VOD from this Friday, 24th June.
FILM GUTTER COME ON IN, THE WATER'S SICKENING...
Beyond the Madness (Oltre la Follia) (2016) Dir. L. Atomico Italy, 61 minutes
Most of the time, when I've watched a movie, I'm pretty quick to get to the review because I find it useful to bottle those initial thoughts and reaction. There's also the chance I might forget some of the details, so it's good in that respect too. I watched Beyond the Madness four nights ago and I've been debating since how, or even if, I can review this. It's the first 'adult' horror film we've looked at, for a start, but of course this is Film Gutter so we've gone far outside the usual boundaries of the genre.
Dir. Tio Rose and Andreas Schnaas, Germany, 81 mins
There are many respects in which I consider myself blessed with Film Gutter, and one of the main reasons for that is that I very rarely encounter any bad films. Sure, there are plenty that are brutally hard to watch, but its seldom I get to the end and think 'what a letdown'. The unbearable Chaos is the only film I've ever given 0/10, and most do sneak above the average of 5. I've even had to award a few tens to those most wonderful offerings from the past 18 months.
But I'm afraid that Unrated is not one of those – in fact, it will be joining Chaos in that exclsuive club of scoring 0/10. This is a movie that I would award minus points if I could. Now, I'm aware it might sound like I'm being too harsh here – it's a low-budget movie, so there are of course limitations to what can be done. But directors using a tiny budget creatuvely can do fantastic things – this cost about the same as Phil Stevens' remarkable Flowers, so I'm not willing to let this movie off too lightly.
We're off the Australia once again – quite a jaunt from here in the UK, but thankfully the world of film makes everything smaller, closer and easier to find. This one is also a rewatch – I actually rented this originally from Blockbuster Video (remember those, anyone?) and when it rolled around on the Horror Channel here in the UK I couldn't resist taking another look. I had fond memories of this as truly twisted fun, and on second viewing it certainly lived up to my recollection. The Loved Ones is out there – pretty way out there – but it's probably one of the extreme horror movies that has made me smile the most. It also – I only realised this time around – starred Robin McLeavy, who was recently in Backtrack and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and an actress I'm sure we'll be seeing more of in the future.
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American Guinea Pig: Bloodshock (2016) Dir. Marcus Koch, USA, 88 mins
It's 1:01am on Sunday 8th May, which may or may not be a great time to write a review. However, this is not an ordinary Film Gutter review – mind you, we very rarely review anything you could call ordinary. Because I am still absolutely wired and abuzz at returning from Derby QUAD – my hometown independent cinema and arts centre, and an incredible bunch of guys to work with – and the UK premiere of American Guinea Pig: Bloodshock.
I have been waiting for Bloodshock for SO long. When the trailer first emerged on Fangoria, I was immediately hooked – a black and white, visceral nightmare with a surreal angle, an epic of physical and psychological torment, a film that truly looked as though it could break the mould in many respects. The splatter and gore of its American Guinea Pig predecessor, Bouquet of Guts and Gore, didn't draw me in to quite the same extent, even though it does it own task very well. Bloodshock looked as different to that as chalk to cheese – almost arthouse in its presentation and packing a crushing industrial soundscape.
Now and again a horror film comes onto my radar that gets me genuinely excited. Partly it's the trailer, partly it can be the buzz surrounding but – as any regular Film Gutter reader will attest – one of the things that gets me going the most is when something is a bit different. A slew of my favourite actors doesn't hurt either, and Green Room certainly had both of the latter going for it. Patrick Stewart – leaping into the role of the villain, Anton Yelchin (whom I thought was a great lead in Odd Thomas) and the talented Imogen Poots is a great cast for any genre feature. Throw into that a brutal punk/metal soundtrack and this was a movie I was heartily looking forward to. I was also lucky enough to see this one at a special preview at Derby Film Festival, which played to an appreciative crowd. The ultimate conclusion was that this was more a gritty, unsettling thriller than it was a flat-out horror film, but a very good one at that.
Film Gutter Come on in, the water's repetitive... Martyrs (2015) Dir. Kevin Goetz and Michael Goetz, USA, 86 mins
So obviously it's taken me a while to get to this one, because a big part of me didn't really want to get involved in this one. I've never been the biggest fan of remakes, especially when the remake is of a movie that is all but perfect in the first instance. The French original of Martyrs scored maximum points, 10/10 here at Film Gutter back in our March Madness month, and deservedly so. Well, let's just get this bit out of the way first of all. No, it's not as good as the original. And, let's be honest, it couldn't really hope to be. However while I was watching this I did my very best to cast aside any thoughts of the French masterpiece and simply judge this movie in its own right. In that respect, the US take on Martyrs doesn't fare too badly.
FILM GUTTER Come on in, the water's confining... Scrapbook (2000) Dir. Eric Stanze, USA, 95 mins
Running a weekly review here at Film Gutter is a really interesting thing for me on many levels, and one things that often occupies my mind is getting the right mix of material. It's good to cover some great new movies, as well as to head all over the world to check out some obscure films and cult favourites. And then there are those well-known, dare I say notorious, movies that are such prime Film Gutter territory that I do genuinely try and space out. We've yet to look at Salo, or Melancholie Der Engel, or Cannibal Holocaust, or the August Underground trilogy... but these are treats (??) I am portioning out. They'll get a feature here in due time, don't worry.