August Underground's Mordum (2003)
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THE sickest film I've yet to see in my 20+ years of movie watching! I'd heard before hand that this was the most shocking of the notorious August Underground trilogy and boy were they right! This second in the series is pretty much more of the same except it's way more gross and disturbing. A couple of new characters are introduced including a female who proves to be just as maniacal and sexually perverted as her male accomplices. The first film had a slightly more realistic feel to it and more believable characterisation, the performances in this one are a bit more OTT. It's still a raw and dirty looking film and it does maintain a bit of realism to it all. The make-up and gore effects were excellent and used to great effect keeping things gruesome without overdoing it. It's a film that's guaranteed to shock with one scene in particular of a dead young girl being raped in a bath tub an example of it's unflinching, taboo-breaking nature. Believe the hype, watch at your own peril.
I watched the whole August Underground series in one go, and this is the only movie I kept in my collection. It's the most extreme, feels the most natural and charged, and finally does the good deed of working with three killers. A vast improvement over the first and far better than its followup; perhaps that has something to do with the fact that Fred Vogel is no longer charged with directing. This is extreme for snuff even, with the most intense scene involving a severed penis rape. Perfect balance between camera quality and effects quality (effects are extremely high quality and better than most professional productions). The visual quality is compromised on purpose to capture the handheld/found footage aesthetic and of all three movies this strikes the best balance between overplanninng and underplanning in terms of shot composition and how much jerky hand tremble shooting is allowed. A great extreme movie, and the only entry in the August Underground series worthy of notice.
"So Fucked Up" highlight: forcing guy to cut his own penis off, the friend's basement playroom
After watching The Proposal, I was in the mood for watching people get killed. So I chose to watch this. It was really boring and I thought I was going to fall asleep but there were a few good parts.
The acting was ok, but the dialogue was horrible and almost made me /wrists. The effects were amazing, aside from the gritty camera which was annoying, but everything else looked good.
It seemed to me that 3/4 of the movie was people 'vomiting' on each other, which was kind of lame. The people in the movie were extremely gross and ugly and they were probably the most disgusting thing about the movie. Pretty much the only scene I liked was when the dude, uh.. I can't remember his name now, the brother guy, was like, raping the dead kid in the bath. Coz that was kind of cool.
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