Jason Lei Howden makes his feature film debut with the utterly insane Deathgasm, a gnarly horror film with a heavy metal pulse and a glorious dose of the red stuff. It’s a simple story about a couple of metal heads who unwittingly summon demonic forces that take over their town. Cut from the same cloth as films like The Evil Dead and Night of the Demons, Howden’s Deathgasm is a thrasher of a horror movie that only wants to be one thing—brutal as fuck.
It takes a special kind of director to pull off a movie like Deathgasm, because while it’s most certainly 90 minutes of gut-shredding insanity, there’s a powerful message buried under all of that carnage—embrace the weird and don’t be afraid to like something that other people don’t understand. It’s a wonderful, kick ass message that comes to life thanks to group of relatable kids at the center of mayhem, going from being bullied at school to humanity’s heroes over night. Howden’s film gives these wonderfully weird kids a world to thrive in, and it’s one that allows them be as badass as they’ve always dreamed of by surrounding them in heavy metal and horrors from another world. It doesn’t get much more badass than that.
Destroying demons to the tune of heavy metal is such appropriate fit for the genre that it’s hard to believe we don’t see it more often. In fact, I’d say that Deathgasm is the movie to beat in this department; it’s just that good. And by being so deeply rooted in heavy metal, Howden had to create a story that could match the same intensity, otherwise it just wouldn’t work. And that’s what makes this movie so special—it becomes this brutal, head-banging brand of horror that blends the heaviest of heavy metal with buckets of blood and a body count that will leave your head spinning.
And as if being a totally hyper violent, badass little movie wasn’t enough, Deathgasm is absolutely hilarious, too. The film’s humor is what ties it all together, matching its savage tale of a town possessed by demons with a wonderful level of absurdity and style that makes beating a demon to death with a dildo way cooler than it ever should be. What more is there to say? Deathgasm is a lot like being at the center of a mosh pit—it’s bloody, violent, and a shit load of fun.
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