Thursday, 7 January 2016
We'll let that sink in for a moment.
WETA visual FX-head Jason Lei Howden's feature length directorial debut is the latest in a long line of ridiculous Kiwi splatterfests.
It's the touching story of a bunch of New Zealand teenage metalheads and D&D nerds who willingly summon a demon lord after they rock out on some ancient sheet music they stumbled upon.
If this sounds like a premise you can get on board with then you probably won't be disappointed. It's reasonably funny, absurdly gory, has plenty of heavy metal & RPG jokes that only the average head-banger will understand and a guy in corpse paint enjoying an ice-cream cone. If this doesn't sound like your thing, then you're most definitely correct. It's the type of film that'll make your parents angry, have poor ol' granny a hobblin' for the hills and frighten the bully preppies at high school.
In short, if this movie came out when I was 17, I'd have built a shrine for it.
2½ Rick Astley records out of 5
Yay for me for not once mentioning Braindead in this review. :D