We all know that metal music is a close neighbor to devil worship, demon summoning, and other nasty black art practices. Right? Right. But Deathgasm takes this idea to the next level. Deathgasm comes at us from New Zealand and writer-director Jason Lei Howden has a blast with the script and really takes the viewer on a fun ride. This film never takes itself seriously and completely works as a horror-comedy.
Deathgasm stars Milo Cawthorne as Brodie, a high school metal head who is sent to live with his aunt and uncle after his meth-addicted mother was sent to prison. Brodie’s cousin is a borderline sociopath-bully, and before long, Brodie is bored and ready to crawl out of his skin. But then one fateful day at the local record store, Brodie meets Zakk (James Blake), the local metal head-badass. The two form a friendship based on petty vandalism and a mutual love of everything metal. They decide to form a group and enlist Dion (Sam Berkley) and Giles (Daniel Cresswell) to round out the band.
Through an underground metal magazine, Zakk discovers that one of the legends of metal music lives in their small, sleepy town, and he and Brodie go over to his home. There, they find the aged rocker paranoid and babbling about the black arts. Before leaving, Brodie grabs some odd looking sheet music he found in the house. The guys decide that the sheet music is exactly what heir band needs and they start rehearsing it. Unfortunately, every time they play it, demons are released and take over various people around town. Before they know it, Deathgasm, the name of their band, has unleashed Hell on earth through the sheet music, and the demons are preparing the way for the emergence of The Blind One–who is one evil demon!!
Howden keeps everything moving along at a quick pace and constantly keeps the laughs and the gore coming. The humor is both in the dialogue and is situational. On many occasions, the humor and gore merge together to give the viewer something truly memorable. For example, when Brodie and Zakk was trapped in his aunt and uncle’s house with his relatives possessed by demons, it looked like there was no way out. But apparently, Brodie’s aunt had a kinky side and he finds a box full of her dildos and vibrators–which the to guys use to lethal ends!! If you’ve never seen demons gruesomely dispatched with various sized and colored dildos, then you are in for a treat!!
The guys of course figure out a way to stop the impending arrival of The Blind One, but a lot of intestines, blood, body parts, and dildos are spilled before they are successful. Deathgasm is one of those rare films that has all the right cylinders firing. The writing is spot on and is clever and funny; there is enough gore here to fill three movies; and the acting is great. Deathgasm is one of those rare treats that don’t come around too often. Take advantage of this and check out Deathgasm while it is streaming on Netflix. Don’t miss it!!
Director: Jason Lei Howden (& writer)
Plot: 4 out of 5 stars
Gore: 7.5 out of 10 skulls
Zombie Mayhem: 0 out of 5 brains
Reviewed by Scott Shoyer