An amateur metal band comprised of social outcasts unwittingly conjures up an ancient evil which proceeds to transform their town into murderous ghouls, prompting them to pool their limited wits in order to fight their way through the night and send it back to hell.
Ever since Peter Jackson splattered his way onto our screens with the ground-breaking Bad Taste back in 1987, the Kiwis have consistently proven themselves as masters of the comedy-horror genre, most recently with the delightfully puerile What We Do in the Shadows.
Deathgasm tips its hat to both Jackson and Raimi’s early films with a relentless of slew of gross-out gore and slapstick humour, at the same time managing to be a knowing love letter to Death Metal itself.
As much an adventure in loneliness and social ostracising as it is a brutal take on Evil-Dead style survivalist horror, it proffers a non-stop series of laughs from start to finish, including along the way the values of loyalty, solidarity, the pain of betrayal, and a rib-cracking defensive sequence involving sex toys. Power tools and inventive deaths are also used to great effect.
There’s a strong feel-good factor buoying it throughout, and make sure you stick around for the post-credits denouement.
Director: Jason Lei Howden
Starring: Milo Cawthorne, James Blake, Kimberley Crossman
Running Time: 86 Mins
Release Date: 2nd October 2015