Over the summer, I briefly heard about a torture-pornish horror movie entitled The Human Centipede (First Sequence) but didn’t give it (or the title) a second thought. Well, over the weekend Centipede slithered into the orgasmic Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texasand after the screening the buzz suddenly recalled the barfers-barfing-on-barfers scene from Stand By Me. Capitalizing on the barf, the producers have released a teaser clip from the film, posted below. Combined with the plot synopsis, also below, you might just barf, so put away your burrito and wait a few minutes if applicable. Seriously, this is likely the movie for people who thinkDeadgirl is for pussies. It sounds like a cyclic-themed film that Matthew Barney might have thought up if he was on death row. Etc. As the parenthetical title implies, a sequel is officially planned. Might this be the next-lev Saw franchise? A diverse, international cast doesn’t hurt. Haha. Wait until Nikki Finke gets a load of this…
[Ed. Note: If you can’t guess, the following clip is obviously NSFW]
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IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA (SEASON 4)
There’s no getting around it: this was easily the show’s most hit-or-miss season thus far. With episodes like “Who Pooped the Bed?”, the joke behind which is already summed up by the title and never extends beyond that for the entire duration, and “The Gang Cracks the Liberty Bell”, which takes place in the 1700’s and is exactly as tired a sitcom premise as it seems, this is the first time where I’ve disliked some of the series’ episodes enough that I literally have zero interest in revisiting them. It’s odd then, that this season also features a number of the show’s best episodes. “The Nightman Cometh”, in which Charlie extends his Nightman song into a full-fledged rock opera, is just as hilarious as the musical number that inspired it. “The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis” features one of the most hilarious moments of television I’ve ever seen, with a cowboy-hat wearing Charlie yelling “Wildcard, bitches!” and leaping out the back of a van. The real winner though is this season’s two-parter, “Mac & Charlie Die”, which might just be the best thing that’s come out of the show to date. It’s worth noting that both this episode and “The Nightman Cometh” were scripted solely by the show’s original creators: Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney, and Glenn Howerton (who, for those few who don’t know, are also the show’s three male leads). The weak episodes, meanwhile, were scripted primarily by the show’s more recently introduced writers, who came on board at the start of Season 3. I doubt the decline in quality since then is just a coincidence. Regardless, even with a slightly weaker season overall, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia remains one of the funniest shows on TV, and I feel no hesitance in adding this latest DVD set to my collection. Blu-ray? No. Notable Extras: The Nightman Cometh Live!, Dennis Reynolds: An Erotic Life, and a blooper reel.
Marcel Sarmiento and Gadi Harel‘s Deadgirl is already available on DVD in the UK but still awaiting cinema release in the US. Ahead of its bow in ‘limited engagement’ from July 24, Bloody Disgusting have received a top quality bootleg leak of the trailer which you can see below the break. If you want to catch the picture in cinemas, there’s a list of it’s currently scheduled engagements also at the site.
The film is essentially a zombie picture, as the trailer will reveal. Not the typical zombie picture, mind. It revolves around two young men who find a woman chained up in an abandoned asylum and, upon discovering that she’s undead, wonder just how they might enjoy (read: exploit) her.
Last week at the Toronto International Film Festival, I saw two of the strangest films I’ve seen all year: Control Alt Delete and Deadgirl. One film involves a guy who drills a hole in his computer tower and literally has sex with his computer. The other tells the story of a group of high school kids which find a zombie and turn her into their sex slave. You’ve read the reviews, but I thought you might want to see what I was talking about. Check out the trailers below.
Control Alt Delete
Written and Directed by: Cameron Labine
Starring: Sonja Bennett, Laura Bertram, Tyler Labine
Official Plot Synopsis: A moody romantic comedy exploring fetishism, addiction and love in the information age. As our hero Lewis struggles to integrate his public and private persona’s, he realizes he may not be the only one harboring a dirty little secret.
Directors: Marcel Sarmiento and Gadi Harel
Screenwriter: Trent Haaga
Cast: Shiloh Fernandez, Noah Segan, Candice Accola, Michael Bowen, Andrew DiPalma, Eric Podnar, Nolan Funk and Jennifer Spain
Official Plot Synopsis: Daringly original and genre-busting, DEADGIRL is an odyssey into the soul of our alienated youth. But by injecting familiar teen moorings deep into something fantastical and terrifying, the film takes the conventions of the horror and coming-of-age movies and turns them on their heads.
When high school misfits Rickie (Shiloh Fernandez) and JT (Noah Segan) decide to cut school and find themselves lost in the crumbling facility of a nearby abandoned hospital, they come face-to-face with a gruesome discovery: a woman whose body has been stripped naked, chained to a table and covered in plastic. When both react to the situation in extremely different ways, the boys soon find themselves embarking on a twisted yet poignant journey that forces them to decide just how far they’re willing to stretch their understanding of right and wrong.
A no-holds-barred look at the horror of growing up, DEADGIRL stars Shiloh Fernandez (Red), Noah Segan (Brick), Michael Bowen (Kill Bill, Jackie Brown), and Candice Accola (Juno).
Deadgirl tells the story who two friends, Rickie (Shiloh Fernandez) and JT (Noah Segan), who skip High School and break into a local abandoned mental hospital. In the boiler room they find a dead woman strapped to a gurney and covered in plastic. But it turns out that the dead girl is alive, and JT wants to turn the naked zombie into their personal sex slave. Rickie wants no part of it, and tries to distince himself from the situation. But when word of the discovery begins to spread, he gets pulled back in.
Perverse and just plain fucked up, Deadgirl is the next evolution of sex-infused horror genre, which regained traction a couple years ago with the Sundance hit Teeth. For example, at one point, when the dead girl’s body begins to dry up, its insinuated that they begin to have sex with the warm gooey wounds in her stomach. About 15-20% off the press in attendance at my screening walked out of the screening before the climax.
But don’t get me wrong, Deadgirl is steps above the typical torture porn horror film. Directors Marcel Sarmiento and Gadi Harel have an incredible attention of mood and tone. Deadgirl floats smoothly between dark comedy and horror, and the result is a coming-of-age film like you’ve never seen before (or will likely ever see again).