Hard rock and heavy metal have always gone hand in hand with horror movies, to where it seems almost natural. Our mask wearing friends in Slipknot never fail to prove that with their aesthetic that seems to ripped straight from a horror movie, bands like Behemoth make themselves seem as close to actual occult members as you can get, and of course there’s Cannibal Corpse… But, aesthetic isn’t the only thing that binds heavy metal and horror, as it seems that a lot of artists are directly interested in making and promoting horror movies. Corey Taylor starred in Fear Clinic, Kirk von Hammett has his Fear FestEvil, Slash has his own production company, and all of the Rob Zombie movies. Horror and Heavy metal are just star-crossed lovers like that.
Now, a new movie seeks to bring the two together into a whole: Deathgasm. With a name as great as that, what could possibly go wrong? Not much is known about the film itself, but it definitely sounds and looks like it’ll be good.
The plot for the movie was posted on the film’s Facebook:
“New kid in town Brodie and bad-boy Zakk quickly bond over their mutual admiration of heavy metal. But when these two metal thrashing losers unwittingly summon malevolent forces, their dreams of stardom may just have to be put on hold.”
We also got a nice little trailer:
From the way it sounds (and looks), it’s essentially Evil Dead meets Scott Pilgrim, except with more metal inspired stuff. Obivously, being a low budget indie film, the similarities to the Sam Rami classic are there right at the start, but all of the elements from Evil Dead are there: unknowing kids meddling with ancient evil and occult magic, enough fake blood to fill a couple of oceans, and the overuse of lawn care equipment for weaponry. This is all coupled with all of the Scott Pilgrim likenesses, like the fact that there seems to be a tongue-and-cheek reference to modern metal (like the staggering amount of band shirts, band posters, and corpse paint) at every opportunity, and that it seems to emphasize the soundtrack pretty heavily. With those things, the film ends up looking very very very VERY campy (especially the title, I mean c'mon), which seems to have upset quite a lot of the trve kvlt fans out there. So, this movie isn’t exactly for everyone, but if you can get a good laugh out of a Sam Rami film, this might just be right up your alley.
The film is set to premiere at SXSW this year, so only time will tell how it turns out.