The Hornet’s Sting and the Hell It’s Caused (2014) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Dustin Mills
Starring: Joni Durian, Allison Egan, Minnie Grey
Rated: UR/Region: 1/1:77/Number of disc: 1 (DVD-r)
Available from TLAvideo
This is the story of Rose and Freya. Rose is a photographer who specializes in bondage, degradation, dehumanization and murder. She lures unsuspecting men and women into her grasps and breaks them down until there is nothing left. Freya is her latest victim. A very naive small-town girl. It’s Eurosleaze meets Shot-On-Video meets Cinemax late night!
The Hornet’s Sting and the Hell It’s Caused runs just a shy bit of over 59 minutes. For the first 12 or so minutes we are shown the thick of things, as a few people are lured into the trap the film’s villain sets before she ties them up naked, photographs them and then kills them. We only see her do her whole scheme to one girl and we fill in the blanks on the rest. We then get the title screen before the actual base plot of the film starts. I assumed at first this was going to be dragged out a bit, but ultimately be a wash and repeat of the first part of the film. I am happy to admit I was wrong, as there is more of that, but it is mixed in with some solid storytelling and some really awesome editing, creating a nightmarish visual more than once. That is clearly the best part of the movie and I really dug the way the movie would pull away from the real world from time to time and toss you into a spot filled with psychedelic looking backdrops or a world made entirely with CGI. That is what sets this movie apart from other films filled with torture. Well, that and the full on nudity that it has, but you’ve come to expect that from a Dustin Mills movie by now I’m sure.
While some other actors are here at the start, the movie boils down to a two woman show. Both Joni Durian and Minnie Grey do their jobs really well here in creating a story that you do become very interested in and keeping you interested. I know that there will be a whole group of folks who are just buying this for the nudity and if that is what you are doing, then you will be more than happy with the purchase. If you are looking for a plot, there is one as well. It isn’t a bad one either, even if it is a bit on the simple side. There is clearly a much deeper vision here and the visual effects in it help bring that out of it. Is it perhaps a bit too short? Well, I’m torn on that one. You’d probably much rather see something do what it needs to rather than hang around too long and start to bore you. I maybe wish we had gotten more stuff like what we go from the “acid” scenes in here, but I don’t find this at all disappointing and would recommend anyone who is into more experimental stuff to give it a watch.
The Hornet's Sting and the Hell It's Caused