Acid Bath (2006) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Lou Garcia and Annette Martinez
Starring: Linda Amistad, Mike Bilodeau, Eric Campos
Rated: UR/Region: O/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available From Wild Eye Releasing
A crazed murderer is on the loose and he’s got the local nightlife on the run. The hooker network has organized a game plan to save themselves from their unknown killer. In a conflict between the crime syndicate and a reckless bounty hunter, their fates will all be decided in a flash.
Acid Bath is about as indie as you can get, for better or for worse. We have a movie here that isn’t above using giant wigs to cover up the fact we have the same guy playing more than one role, yet it also gives us some gore that gives you that low-down a dirty feeling as you watch. A movie like this is something you want to praise for the effort, even if the end results are a bit rough here and there. The plot is a bit all over the place, but it keeps you interested. I’m not sure it keeps you interested because it is good enough or if it just the idea of random women being killed and given an acid bath in tubs that make you want to watch it from start to finish. The back of the box name drops both Street Trash and Death Wish and I’d at least make a slight comparison to Street Trash as well. It isn’t as well polished, but it kicks around the same ballpark in spirit and tone at least. Death Wish might be a bit of a stretch for me, but there’s plenty of gore and that is a good thing.
I know every time I review a movie like this I end up saying “This isn’t for everyone”. Well, honest to goodness that also applies here, as it basically does for the whole Wild Eye “Raw” series. And while you got a movie that has some rough spots, you also have a movie that you can tell had a lot of effort put into it. It might not look like much, but it has blood and gore. It also has some cheesy flash effects (for things like gunshots), as well as some very Troma-like moments where dummies are tossed off building in the place of actors (the only safe and cheap way for indie guys to do it). While this isn’t a movie that will set the world on fire, it is a movie that I still respect anyway. They honestly tried with this one. It might not be something the majority of you will love, but if you dig the slums of indie horror it is worth a look.