Death and axes
released OUT NOW! 2015 | 15 | Blu- ray ( Zavvi exclusive)/ DVD
Director Jason Lei Howden
Cast Milo Cawthorne, James Blake,
Kimberley Crossman, Sam Berkley
Early on in this Kiwi horror, its guitar- playing hero describes ushering in the end of the world by turning demonic sheet music into heavy metal as “the biggest dick move ever” – but there’s competition in that category. In one scene, he takes on a horde of the demonically possessed by swinging around a prodigiouslysized, wobbly black dildo.
Not a film to watch with your nan, then – but it’s far more charming than you might expect. An unashamed throwback to horror- comedy’s gory glory days of the ’ 80s, it combines its cartoon violence ( highlight: a mechanic having an engine dropped on their head) with an impressive array of witty one- liners ( of a bully: “He’s hospitalised more nerds than asthma”), total mastery of the sight gag ( a metalhead is syphoning petrol; the camera pulls back to reveal he’s robbing it from an ambulance), and a surprising amount of heart.
Okay, it ain’t exactly original ( Evil Dead is at least 60% of the recipe) or intellectually challenging, and there’s something of a second- act slump, but debutant director Jason Lei Howden attacks his “What if metal really was evil?” premise with such brio that even a be- sandalled folkie may find themselves throwing some devil horns.
Extras None. Ian Berriman
The film was funded using the $ 200,000 prize money for New Zealand filmmaking competition Make My Horror Movie.
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