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Deathgasm (2015)

Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Horror | 2 October 2015 (USA)
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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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Jason Lei Howden

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Jason Lei Howden, Sarah Howden (script consultant)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Milo Cawthorne ... Brodie
James Blake James Blake ... Zakk
Kimberley Crossman ... Medina
Sam Berkley Sam Berkley ... Dion
Daniel Cresswell Daniel Cresswell ... Giles
Delaney Tabron ... Shanna
Stephen Ure ... Rikki Daggers
Colin Moy ... Uncle Albert
Jodie Rimmer ... Aunt Mary
Nick Hoskins-Smith ... David
Erroll Shand ... Byron
Kate Elliott ... Abigail
Aaron McGregor Aaron McGregor ... Terry
Andrew Laing Andrew Laing ... Aeon
Tim Foley Tim Foley ... Vadin
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Metalhead Brodie is sent to live with his Christian aunt and uncle and meat-head cousin after his drug addicted mother is sent away. Brodie seems unable to fit in, until he meets the mysterious Zakk at a record store. Joined by their love of metal, the two form the metal band Deathgasm, along with fellow outcasts Dion and Giles. However, when Brodie and Zakk break into the house of metal star Rikki Daggers they find mysterious sheet music known as The Black Hymn. Deathgasm plays the Black Hymn, which unleashes a demon known as Aeloth who possesses the town's citizens. Now it's up to Deathgasm and popular girl Medina to fight demons, prevent the apocalypse, and save the day.

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Action | Comedy | Horror | Music

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New Zealand | USA

Language:

English

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2 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heavy Metal Apocalypse See more »

Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand

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After obtaining the Hexan Sword Record, Zakk discovers that it is just a Rick Astley record. Rick Astley's song "Never gonna give you up" is wildly used to trick people on the internet by leading them to this song under false pretenses. This is called Rickrolling. See more »

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When Brodie and Medina are eating ice cream in the park, her socks change length. Throughout the beginning of the scene until the last shot, her socks rise up over her knees: in the final shot of the scene, in which David is spying on them from his car, her socks are shown as being calf-length. See more »

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Brodie: Do you - do you like metal?
Medina: Um, isn't it just a bunch of guys screaming?
Brodie: No way! Well... apart from grindcore. And death metal is kind of like that. And deathcore, screamo, pornogrind, black metal, metalcore, thrash, and mordorcore. But apart from those...
Medina: It's just not my thing. I don't really get it.
Brodie: It's like, when life sucks, and you feel alone and empty. You stick on some metal and life is better, because... because somebody else knows the pain and the rage that you're going through, ...
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Crazy Credits

There is an extra scene after the credits that has Brodie talking to a now dead Zakk whose voice is coming from a record player. See more »

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Featured in Brotherhood of Steel: The Cast of 'Deathgasm' (2016) See more »

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Decent metal horror
12 January 2016 | by TdSmth5See all my reviews

In the intro we are told that all the gruesome stuff metal bands sing about is actually true.

Some geeky metalhead named Brodie ends up living with his uncle who is Christian. His cousin is a bully and gives him a hard time. He's good at drawing gruesome stuff. One day at a record store he runs into an older and truer metalhead, the kind that chain smokes, chain drinks and doesn't care. This guy, Zakk, plays bass, Brodie plays guitar and he gets two other geeky friends to play keyboard (?) and drums. They end up calling the band Deathgasm.

One day Zakk takes Brodie along and they break into a house. Turns out it's the home of some metal legend of decades ago. They find the guy clutching some album. Suddenly some guy in a suit arrives and attacks them. The metal legend throws to album to the kids who escape. It's a crappy album but also inside the cover are a bunch of papers in Latin with some musical tabs.

Brodie translates the stuff, which reads something like 'summoning such and such a demon to get power and fortune.' They start playing the tune and everyone in the small town turns into demons without eyes who go after them.

Brodie also met the most gorgeous girl in school, Medina, who likes him even though she's his cousin's girlfriend. But Zakk is a backstabbing jerk and through deception hooks up with her.

Now the kids sort of join forces to defeat the demons and to find out how to reverse the situation. We also learn that some rich evil guy wants to take hold of the pages in Latin so he can control this demon.

Extreme metal and horror movies make a good pair, not that Hollywood would understand or care. So it's up to low budget independent producers to work on this, and the guys from Brain Damage have released some movies. Now comes Deathgasm from New Zealand, a very gory movie, although some of the gore is repetitive. But because Deathgasm also aims to be a teen comedy it's unnecessarily juvenile and gross. There is some nudity but not enough. While it has the horror part covered, and it could have gone even darker had it focused more on the occult stuff and the evil cabal, it surprisingly fails when it comes to metal. They get the band posters right, the CDs right, the occasional metal-related dialogue is right, Brodie's guitar, a BC Rich Warlock, is right, but the music is off. A movie called "Deathgasm" should have settled for straightforward death metal, instead we get some really lousy stuff. The music the band plays is terrible and so is most of the soundtrack.

As most movies from New Zealand this one too maintains some of the charming Kiwi innocence. You do empathize a bit with our heroes but not enough. Zakk is well cast and goodness is Kimberley Crossman gorgeous, but our lead is missing something. It appears they were going more for looks, someone to remind us of Death's Chuck Schuldiner. Overall a good effort in a much neglected potential subgenre.


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