Little Deaths

2010

Little Deaths

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Three bizarre tales of terror and eroticism are brought together in this thriller anthology. In House and Home, Richard (Luke de Lacey) and Victoria (Siubhan Harrison) are a couple whose marriage has gone sour, and the rare pleasure they derive from being together comes from a strange ritual they perform with unknowing and unwilling guests. However, when Richard invites a young homeless woman in for a meal and some spiritual counseling, he and Victoria find themselves in for far more than they expected. Mutant Tool stars Jodie Jameson as Jennifer, a former junkie and prostitute who is trying to stay off the streets with the help of her boyfriend Frank (Daniel Brocklebank). A doctor has prescribed Jennifer a special medication to help her deal with withdrawal, but the side effects seem almost worse than going cold turkey, and in time she learns the bizarre nature of the drug and how it's produced. And finally, Bitch concerns Pete (Tom Sawyer) and Claire (Kate Braithwaite), a couple whose relationship is defined by extreme S&M role-playing. Claire is the dominant partner and Pete is a willing bottom, but he's beginning to grow weary of Claire's treatment, and one night he turns the tables with startling results. Little Deaths was an official selection at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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  • a tripartite compendium whose very title (a metonymic phrase for orgasm and post-coital tristesse) promises a transgressive admixture of sex and death that the three films certainly go on to deliver.

    Aug 11, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Little Deaths successfully embraces the world of taboos fearlessly- with sex and death being topics which have both mortified and intrigued audiences endlessly throughout the years.

    Jan 4, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Three dark horror tales that deal with human sexuality in some deeply unpleasant ways.

    Sep 5, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • four-square and alt-horror fans alike will find much to like in these three stories as they offer more substantive fare even within the parameters of the film's vignette format.

    Apr 29, 2011 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
  • Semen is the glue that binds the three shorts in Little Deaths.

    Mar 14, 2011 | Rating: B-

Audience Reviews for Little Deaths

  • Dec 23, 2011
    Certainly not a random horror film, this anthology film consists of 3 different tales of the two important horror movie elements that goes hand in hand: Sex & Death. I really like all the different colours used in all three tales, also the score was great!! House and Home is quite interesting, revenge is best served with friends, never underestimate the capability of people; the shots were used symbolically that reinforced the theme. The second tale is slow paced and by far the dullest, bad acting with no artistic intention, it was not that great so SKIP The last tale is my favourite, sex is well presented here along with the mental state of masochist. The shots were beautifully used, the contrast of light and darkness was great; the lighting was especially good to show the fear of the BITCH (which is a pun)
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 27, 2010
    <b><a href="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/14/05/79/14057954_ori.jpg" target="_blank" > <B><U>STILLS (DOWNLOAD TO VIEW FULL SIZE) CLICK THIS LINK): http://content8.flixster.com/photo/14/05/79/14057954_ori.jpg</U></B> </a></b> <b><a href="http://www.flixster.com/videos?videoId=11155679" target="_blank" > <font size="1" color="blue" face="courier"><B>TRAILER <U> (CLICK THIS LINK): http://www.flixster.com/videos?videoId=11155679</U></B></font></a></b> <B><I>LITTLE DEATHS</I> (2011)</B> Independent WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY: Sean Hogan, Andrew Parkinson, Simon Rumley, (Title from: <I>Little Deaths: 24 Tales Of Horror And Sex</I> by Ellen Datlow) FEATURING: Scott Ainslie, Mike Anfield, James Anniballi, Daniel Brocklebank, Tommy Carey, Errol Clarke, Luke de Lacey, Christopher Fairbank, Brendan Gregory, Oliver Guy-Watkins, Siubhan Harrison, Amy Joyce Hastings, Phoenix James, Jodie Jameson GENRE: <B>HORROR</B> TAGS: sex, nudity, lesbianism, BDSM, perversion, sexual violence, rape, cannibalism, bestiality <B>PLOT: Three unique horror vignettes delve into bizarre themes of sex and death.</B> COMMENTS: Grim and twisted sexual themes spawn an undercurrent of horrific dread in this trio of sinister fantasies about the horrors of biology. With its concept inspired by Ellen Datlow's <I>Little Deaths: 24 Tales Of Horror And Sex</I> which takes its title from the French colloquialism for "orgasms," good acting and pacing distinguish this highly original independent effort. The three segments of <I>Little Deaths</I> are as follows: <B>Hause And Home:</B> The first story is a chiller written and directed by veteran scribe Sean Hogan, who brought us the original and clever horror thriller, <I>Summer's Blood</I> (2009). In a tough economy it's a dog-eat-dog world for a legion of street people. Two arrogant yuppie domination enthusiasts pursue a hobby of luring homeless girls back to their dwelling for a charitable, Christian bath, laundry and meal -followed by bondage, degradation and rape. Hubby locates a prospective target and stalks her. In the same spirit as offering shelter to a stray dog, he entices the unsuspecting girl back to the couple's home, where during the repast, they drug her. Tying their guest to a bed in a soundproofed basement rumpus room, the duo regales her with the most abjectly degenerate, abusive patter. Next the couple submit the victim to acts of sexual degradation and rape, husband first, then wife. But their latest wayward mongrel turns the tables on them when she unleashes her own prerogative regarding what constitutes "housebreaking/" In the process she introduces to her tormentors, an all new concept of "pack mentality." Well written, artful use of clever dialogue establishes surprisingly good character development, motives and backstory for such a short piece. Keen, refreshingly non-CGI makeup effects make for some delightfully gruesome, visually memorable sequences. <B>Mutant Tool:</B> Andrew Parkinson wrote and directed this eerie story in which a Nazi legacy pharmaceutical project goes awry when a sex therapy patient probes too deeply into the sources of her experimental treatment. Meanwhile, an idealistic new lab tech and nephew to her therapist, arrives to his first day on the job at a clandestine drug laboratory. There he will serve as custodian for a human "cow." Injected with a synthetic sexual catalyst and fed a diet of pureed human kidneys, a hapless clinical captive has been turned into a one man drug factory. Administered near lethal doses of an experimental hallucinogenic aphrodisiac, his body, like some perverse chemical amplifier, produces mass quantities of the same drug, enough to collect and market. The substance is harvested from his, um, profuse quantity of perpetually squirting semen that issues stream after scalding stream, from his gargantuan member, which the drug has caused to grow to mammoth proportions. Once converted to pill form, a creepy sex clinic administers the intimate compound to unsuspecting client guinea pigs to treat an array of sexual dysfunctions. The new serum has the unsettling effect of sparking disturbing hallucinations during coitus, visions which are telepathically linked to the captive "cow." Those who ingest the drug then experience untoward sexual side effects as they slowly go mad. The new lab assistant has the unglamorous task of harvesting the continually climaxing human cow's effluent as it gushes into a collection bucket while the prostrate patient hangs suspended in a monstrous, high-tech shower stall. Before long the "cow" requires ever more strained kidneys as his production output wanes. The grisly services of the two kidney procurers, a pair of Burke and Hare style grave robbers, become severely taxed. This leads to an intriguing dilemma in which the clinic must now locate a new, fresher, infinitely more suitable "subject.' When a candidate is "recruited," a sick revelation demonstrates how everybody involved is eerily and ironically linked. <B>Bitch:</B> In this bestial tale of lovelorn obedience filmed by Simon Rumley, a bored young couple fill the emptiness in their superficial relationship with heaping doses of bizarre, kinky BDSM sex. Their games involve a heavy emphasis on K-9 role games -with the boyfriend playing Fido, wearing a collar, living in a doghouse in the pantry, eating from a dog dish, and servicing his mistress, er, um, "doggy style." But the mistress is cruel, unduly degrading, and increasingly demanding. Worse, she becomes a neglectful "pet" owner. When the couple's relationship becomes so unconventional and far removed from the boundaries of customary decency as to blur the lines between reality and fantasy, "Fido" embarks on an underdog mission of deliverance. He establishes himself as the alpha male among the neighborhood strays. Deciding to bury the bone er, I mean hatchet with his wife, Fido shapes his new followers into a cohesive pack. He then shepherds them along on a doggedly determined, gruesome revenge scheme to teach The Misses a few new tricks. I was really happy with my viewing experience of <I>Little Deaths</I>. I love feature length motion picture horror anthologies and I have made it a point to find and watch most of those produced since the late '60's. <I>Little Deaths</I> is one of the most original and bizarre of all of them. I was hoping for something novel, yet thoughtful and well-made. Did I ever find it! I slog though a brackish marsh of mediocre movies just to find a few sweet gems like <I>Little Deaths</I>. The non-derivative, unconventional stories are creepy and fresh, well shot, and suspenseful. The film's visual signature is dark and foreboding, producing a cloistered, almost claustrophobic effect on the psyche. Thus far lacking major commercial distribution, Almost Midnight Productions <I>Little Deaths</i> is making the rounds of the film festival circuits. Independent film buffs and horror fans are well advised to keep an eye out for it.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer

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