interesting that this played more like an American Western rather than an Italian one, given the cannibal antagonists, but that dichotomy makes the film all the more unique among other throwbacks to those respective variants. creates a very interesting universe/myth while not over-explaining the background of the events witnessed by the viewer.
charming and energetic with strongly realized characters and the deadpan brutality of early Peter Jackson, the genre of "Metal Horror Comedy" has found its primer.
somewhere between an Eyes Without a Face surgical nightmare and a Michael Haneke style examination of violent family dynamics.
grey market horror in its purest form. more than just a highlight reel of staged atrocity, the film becomes an unvarnished look into a mind warped by the abusive perversity of its surroundings, morphing into an inadvertent embodiment of the underground creative process.
playfully fetishistic re-imagining of Death Games that threatens to become bogged down in ham, but remains a fun, kinky watch due in no small part to the leading ladies.
companion piece to 2013's Act of Killing counterpoints that film's meta-mondo format with a sobering perspective from a family victimized by the previous entry's casually extreme subjects.
immersive examination of sleep paralysis that operates on a level of terror that no Nightmare on Elm Street film could ever hope to reach.
assorted 80s D- Action tropes + Kayden Kross pulling a Laura/Maddy + Bai Ling being adorable + Tommy Wiseau Mega Acting + a loving tribute to cinematic titan Robert Z'Dar = cure for suicide.