Deathgasm (2015) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Jason Lei Howden
Starring: Milo Cawthorne, James Blake, Kimberley Crossman
Rated: UR/Region A/2:35/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Dark Sky Films
High School is Hell! Metal-thrashing Brodie is an outcast in a sea of jocks and cheerleaders until he meets a kindred spirit in fellow metalhead Zakk. After starting their own band, Brodie and Zakk s resentment of the suburban wasteland leads them to a mysterious piece of sheet music said to grant Ultimate Power to whoever plays it. But the music also summons an ancient evil entity known as Aeloth The Blind One, who threatens to tear apart existence itself. Their classmates and family become inhabited by demonic forces, tearing out their own eyes and turning into psychotic murderers… and this is only the beginning! It s up to Brodie, Zakk and their group of friends to stop a force of pure evil from devouring all of mankind.
Deathgasm could very well have been the most fun anyone could have had watching a horror movie in 2015. That is if you did check-out the VOD. Thankfully, we’re opening up 2016 with this movie finally hitting Blu-ray and you can see what all that talk was about. This is a movie I’m sure will strike a chord in the heart of any full on metal fan. The movie is very much in the same vein as the classic Trick or Treat film that was also about some evil metal music. Here, we get a group of outcasts who find some music from a rocker they like, he’s in trouble but they ignore it. They play the music and all hell breaks loose. Keep in mind all hell breaks loose with some witty stuff going on, some metal music, and lots of blood! They even find time for our two friends to get in a bit of a fuss over a female, played by the lovely Kimberley Crossman. She brings a lot to the movie as well besides her looks. I suppose one could say that the movie finds it a bit hard here and there living up the plot, but with a movie this enthusiastically made and with the pace of it, you don’t hardly pay attention to such a thing at all. I mean, sure, perhaps they could have done more with the plot, but that doesn’t hurt the movie overall and it sure didn’t stop it from being a Top 10 horror movie for me in 2015.
I truly believe that what we have here with Deathgasm is a new cult classic in the making. This is going to be one of those films that really lasts throughout the test of times and is something I think most will be re-visiting again and again, especially if they are super into all the is associated with metal music, or have a group of friends they want to show this one to, and trust me, they’ll want to share this one with as many folks as they can find to share it with. It is a movie that doesn’t take its self too seriously. It doesn’t mind tossing a laugh at the viewer just as often as it does blood and while I don’t know about you, that sounds like my type of movie and it makes for one hell of a time in-front of your TV. If you missed out on the VOD of Deathgasm, rush out as fast as you can and give this Blu-ray a watch.
– Commentary with writer/director Jason Lei Howden
– Music Video
Quality of Transfer: 96%