Horror Month 2016 Day 20: Deathgasm

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I grew up in the 80s. A time of Dungeon & Dragons, comic books, bad horror movies and of course… Heavy Metal. The perfect movie for me to review for the Robots Pajamas was none other then Deathgasm.

This 2015 comedy horror from New Zealand is perfect on so many levels. The directorial debut of Jason Lei Howden, the films plot centers around Brody, a metalhead forced to live with his orthodox Christian Uncle after his mom is institutionalized. He is picked on and can’t fit in anywhere. Finally at a record shop he meets Zakk, another lost metalhead. After they dicover an evil tome from a creepy washed up Metal singer they form a nerdy metal band that accidentally summons a demon and their entire neighborhood is transformed into soul sucking demons. Very Buffy-Esque at times, It’s full of laughs, gore, violence and slap stick. It pays tribute to many campy metal cliches of the 80’s. Fans of Shaun of the Dead will certainly enjoy this movie. Anyone who loves the teen movies of yesteryear where kids are outcasts simply for being true to themselves and the things they love will love this movie. Thanks John Hughes.

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Fans of Peter Jackson’s early work will enjoy this movie, as will fans of many other aspects of the film. If you enjoy any form of metal, the soundtrack is impressive. The gore and effects while campy lead to even more laughs. A great plot, and pretty clever, the comedic timing is on point.

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Rotten Tomatoes reports that 88% of 25 critics gave the film a positive notice; the average rating is 6.4/10. The site’s consensus states: “Deathgasm plumbs the blood-spattered depths of grindhouse gore with enough giddy glee to satisfy genre enthusiasts looking for a thrill”. On Metacritic, the film has a 65 out of 100 rating, based on 10 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”. Deathgasm is currently streaming on Netflix.

Kyle Moody is a pop culture aficonado hailing from Texas, and proud to be a liberal.