Directed by Jason Lei Howden
Two teenage boys unwittingly summon an ancient evil entity known as The Blind One by delving into black magic while trying to escape their mundane lives.
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★★★★½ review by Austin Armstrong on Letterboxd
The most metal movie of all time. Posessed teachers spewing blood over students? Check. Bloody chainsaw battles? Check. A hilarious metal horror mashup that I can't wait to watch again!
★★★★ review by bree1981 on Letterboxd
Frightfest 2015 Film # 12
Highly entertaining heavy metal horror movie made by a fan for the fans and destined to become a cult classic. Milo Cawthorne stars as Brodie a metal loving misfit who moves in with his bible bashing aunt and uncle after his mother dies. Hooking up with a few other unpopular kids they decide to form a metal band and unwittingly summon up the demon The Blind One, before long Brodie and his gang of friends must use any weapons that come to hand (from chainsaw's, weed whackers and even a massive dildo) to slay the demons and save the town.
This is a gruesome throwback to the 80's, it wears it's heart on it's sleeve and is obviously influenced by the likes of Brain Dead and The Evil Dead but the movie also has a coming of age side to it as well about a kid trying to find his place in a strange town and also had echoes of The Lost Boys and The Goonies. The mostly practical effects look terrific and the directors history in visual effects has clearly paid off. The cast are also really good with Cawthorne making for a likeable lead while James Blake shows a lot of potential as the charismatic Zakk.
Overall this is a freaking fantastic amount of fun and should have great re-watch value, an ode to both horror movies and heavy metal and if you are a fan of either you really should check it out.
★★★★ review by Daniel Rodriguez on Letterboxd
There is nothing like anticipation and hype paying off! Deathgasm is a satanic heavy metal gore fest, sheer fun and entertainment; the kind of film that delivers everything it promises, which is basically metal and gore. It reminded me a lot of one of my favorite tv series, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil and it also reminded me of my own teeange years, when I was a long haired metalhead. In fact, if I had seen this movie back then, it would easily be my favorite thing in the world. Today I'm not so much into it as I was, but I still loved every minute of Deathgasm.
★★★★ review by Eli Hayes on Letterboxd
Hoop-Tober 2.0, Film 23 of 31:
Yes. More please. More from this director please.
The editing & makeup/SFX, for me, were definitely the highlight.
Sam Berkley (Dion) looks like Danielle Radcliffe ('arry).
Danielle Radcliffe crossed with Alan Tudyk (Steve the Pirate)...
...especially with glasses.
★★★★½ review by Dawson Joyce on Letterboxd
The most bloody, funny, and insane New Zealand horror comedy since Peter Jackson's Braindead, Deathgasm is immensely entertaining from start to finish and one of the best horror and comedy films of the year, with good characters, excellent direction from Jason Lei Howden, amazing make-up and gore effects, great acting and editing, plenty of laugh-out-loud hilarious moments, and a terrific heavy metal soundtrack.
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