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Review: DEATHGASM

deathComing at you like a freight train of bloody, metal as f&%* entertainment, Jason Lei Howden gory extravaganza that is DEATHGASM is a heavy metal splatterfest, guaranteed to please the most diehard horror fan. Led by memorable performances, out of this world effects and a soundtrack that refuses to NOT let you bang your head throughout the entire film, it’s a standout film at this year’s festival and destined to become like SHAUN OF THE DEAD or DEAD ALIVE, a horror/comedy cult classic, one that will instantly be a genre fan favorite.

Following Brodie (Milo Cawthorne, BLOOD PUNCH), a young hesher that is forced to live with his conservative Christian aunt and uncle, following his mom being committed due to meth and giving blowjobs, DEATHGASM does what very few films are able to: hook you right from the beginning. Any self-destructive oucast metalhead can instantly relate to Brodie, a duck out of water, placed into an environment where he’s the weird one. His cousin is the school’s bully, and Brodie, seeing his bullying, befriends two of the most looked picked on kids in school. Adding to his plight, he also develops a crush on Medina (Kimberley Crossman, Power Rangers: Samurai), who is not only a popular girl in school, but his bully cousin’s girlfriend.

Just when it looks like the death metal-loving hero of the film is at a loss, he stumbles across a local record store, where he meets Zakk, a fellow metal-lover, who instantly becomes his best friend. When Brodie, Zakk, and Brodie’s two school friends start their own metal band, obviously named DEATHGASM, all is looking up, until Brodie and Zakk find an aging metal legend’s house and get their hands on sheet music that accidentally unleashes the ultimate evil and turns everyone in town in demons.

DEATHGASM doesn’t have a weak moment, as it speeds through it’s running time with fervor, giving horror fans a blood and guts-filled time, complete with demons spewing (and defecating) blood and guts, and putting the film’s protagonists through absolute hell, something that helps us love each and every character in the film. It’s a 200MPH frantic film, a juggernaut of gory entertainment that is never for a single second, a joke. It’s obvious that director Jason Lei Howden is a huge fan of the metal genre, and it shows in spades, as it’s very much a bloody love-letter to the genre and the out of this world personas of most of the bands inhabiting it.  While other horror comedies have made its viewers laugh and cringe, DEATHGASM not only does that, but gives fans a film that they can latch onto, identify with and plaster schools and message boards about. It’s a film that puts heshers against demons, and kicks some serious ass musically, while doing so.

I’d be very surprised if the film didn’t instantly hit audiences like a jackhammer, making them hooked on the film’s characters and story. An instant hit that hits you over the head with a blood soaked battle axe, and shreds while doing so. Metal horns up.