One of the coolest things about being a movie blogger, is that sometimes you get to see movies you’re highly anticipating much earlier than the general population. Deathgasm is one such film. I have been singing its praises since months before it had any sort of release. It seems as if it gained a little steam once it hit the VOD services, but until it hit Blu-ray, the core of the horror community still hadn’t quite caught onto it yet. Deathgasm is a hilarious and gory new death metal horror comedy. And, I know what you’re thinking, with a title and subject matter like that, surely it has to be crap, right? No, it is so far from crap, and I don’t know what the literal opposite of crap is, so we’ll have to settle for “badass.” Deathgasm is a badass new horror comedy about a group of outcasts in New Zealand, who band together in the name of death metal, and ultimately have to save the world from an encroaching demon apocalypse.
One of the first things you’ll notice whilst viewing Deathgasm, is that Peter Jackson’s early work was a huge influence on this first-time New Zealander horror feature Writer/Director Jason Lei Howden. From aesthetics, to straight-up homage, the gore practically drips from the screen, and several kill/death scenes were probably lifted/heavily-inspired by kill/death scenes in both Bad Taste, and Braindead, AKA Dead Alive. If you like metal, if you like horror, if you like sexy practical gore and buckets of blood, then you must add Deathgasm to your “soon-to-be-watched” list, and put a star next to it, as a mandatory viewing.
Usually with a movie like this, my biggest concern(after the effects, of course) is the acting. While none of the actors in Deathgasm will be nominated for any prestigious awards for their performances, it’s still well above serviceable, which makes all of the expertly handled, over-the-top gore effects, and the hilarious story even more effective. One scene in particular, involving dozens of dildos, blends the humor with the gore hilariously. Deathgasm is a comedy, a gore-filled horror movie, a coming-of-age tale, a romance, and a love letter to metal, all wrapped up in one of my favorite movies of 2015, and one of my favorite horror-comedies in a very long time.
Deathgasm is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of Dark Sky Films, and features a 1080p, full HD video transfer, and an English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. Special features include a commenter with Writer/Director Jason Lei Howden, several little production-related featurettes, a music video for the song Deathgasm by Bulletbelt, the original trailer, and the teaser trailer. When the disc specs were announced, I was quite underwhelmed with the cover art that was used. I’m happy to report that this Blu-ray release features a reverse cover, and it’s that badass theatrical poster that got everybody excited about this movie in the first place. On top of that, the disc itself has graphics on it that make it look like a little record. The video and audio quality are both top-notch. And, while the extras package isn’t anything to write home about, I feel as if the physical presentation of Deathgasm more than makes up for it. Deathgasm is highly recommended.