Deathgasm | Movie Review

Stylishly written and directed by metalhead Jason Lei Howden (here in his first attempt at a feature film), Deathgasm (New Zealand, USA - 2015) is a hilarious and magnificent 1980s-style New Zealand horror comedy distributed in Italy thanks to Midnight Factory. Dripping with a high rate of splatter and gore, the award-winning Deathgasm is a striking example of a perfect horror-metal combination that has driven horrorphiles and metalheads everywhere crazy.

In our interview (here the link), director Jason Lei Howden painted. Deathgasm as a "bloody homage to horror cinema and heavy metal," and labeled it "the most METAL heavy metal/horror film ever made." Statements his, which can be confirmed while watching this horror film, peppered not only with music but also with a high level of humor and dementedness.

The protagonists of the story are outcasts Brodie (Milo Cawthorne) and Zakk (James Blake), two teenage metalheads united by a passion for heavy metal music. The two students start a band together, but an evil musical score will disrupt their lives forever. Whoever plays it will in fact receive great power but will also awaken "Aeloth The Blind One," an ancient evil entity that will turn human beings into psychotic demons.

Embracing citationism (Splatters - The Squatters, Return of the Living Dead, Evil Dead and The night of the demons), music, and various offal adorning the more splatter and gore scenes, Deathgasm is a horror film that has now become a cult favorite among genre fanatics.
The apocalypse unleashed by the two protagonists (outstanding performances by Milo Cawthorne and James Blake) is brilliantly punctuated by an omnipresent original soundtrack that well accompanies the effective special effects (by Storm McCracken and Tim Wells) and guides the story toward hilarious, yet horrific paths. It all hints at the boundless passion for music and film that the writer-director has poured into this unusual and surprising feature film of his.

In the cast of Deathgasm: Milo Cawthorne, James Blake, Kimberley Crossman, Daniel Cresswell, Sam Berkley, Stephen Ure, Colin Moy, and Delaney Tabron.

The following are the groups involved in the realization of the soundtrack of Deathgasm: the death/thrash Axeslasher, the Midnights, the Canadian Skull Fist, the power metal band Razorwyre, the New Zealand epic doom band Beastwars, 8 Foot Sativa, Goatesque, Lair of the Minotaur, the "Devil Metal" music of Nunslaughter, Australia's Elm Street, Brutal Death-Metal band Pathology, Norwegian band Fine Wretched (featuring legend Samoth), musician Ihsahn as guest vocalist on a track with Devin Townsend.
Also featured in the soundtrack are two tracks by Emperor.



Deathgasm is available for homevideo in DVD and Blu-ray formats and in digital download with Midnight Factory. The packaging of the limited edition Blu-ray is very well cared for: the hardback splipcase contains inside the amaray with the disc and a collectible booklet.
Extensive extras section and in which space is given to special effects, cast, director interview, music video and trailer.

Blu-Ray technical data:

Format: 1080p 1:2:35
Duration: 86 min + 21 min (extra)
Audio: Italian 5.1 DTS HD master audio; English 5.1 DTS HD master audio
Extras: The special effects, The cast, Interview with the director, Music video, Trailer

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Barbara Torretti
Barbara Torretti
Editor and moderator of the DarkVeins community. Passionate about horror cinema, I also do reviews and interviews pertaining to the film, music and art circuit.


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