In covering the progression of Unearthed Films as a distributor, I have reviewed Boy Meets Girl, Collar, American Guinea Pig: Bouquet of Guts and Gore, American Guinea Pig: Bloodshock and 100 Tears. I have many other releases to look at; but one thing is for sure, I haven’t had many negative things to say about the work of this company. I feel like they have chosen great films to release over the years. So many great films, in fact, that their consistency is something that I feel should be celebrated in this industry. Over the course of my Beneath the Underground retrospective I will review films from all phases of this company’s development, from early releases like Evil Dead Trap 2 to the newest films that the company has to offer.
Madness of Many is a recent release from Unearthed Films, directed by Kasper Juhl. This film is a pretty good example of modern day extreme cinema. It feels like The Bunny Game, plus some Guinea Pig, with a little Vomit Gore mixed in for good measure. I, for one, am really not a fan of vomit gore. This film, however, uses those aspects sparingly. It is enough to disgust the viewer that is unaware of what they’re getting into, but also enough for the vomit gore fan to get what they need out of the film
The gore effects in this movie are absolutely brutal. There is a scene where a woman has her guts taken out in a truly disturbing manner. The decapitation scene is also one of absolute beauty, if you are on a mission to add some new gore to your collection of course. Aside from these two scenes, there are numerous additional scenes of offensive violence and depravity. For me, this is a good thing. That is why this is a company I go to. It is for films like this, films that offer visual insanity that you won’t find on Netflix.
This visual insanity, of course, is also becoming more prevalent in the underground scene. So you will see things in this film that have been done elsewhere. There is a scene, for instance, that looks like it was pulled right out of Slow Torture Puke Chamber. This “borrowing” doesn’t bother me in this case because it is shot in a different way for a different reason. So while some people out there may hate on borrowers, it doesn’t bother me if the borrowing is used as homage and not for blatant stealing.
With that being said, there wasn’t a whole lot that really bothered me about this film. The voice-over, at times, became tiresome. It will annoy some viewers, because it does seem to slow the film down at times. It is a series of philosophical rants, by our hero/victim. It is reminiscent of the dark side of great literary writings. It sounds like it was influenced by the words of Dostoyevsky and some of the darker European existentialists, which is also not a bad thing for this particular viewer. The problem is that I feel like she just says the same thing over and over. It is this repetition that seems to slow the film down. On the other hand, this does create a slow build to a climax that really pays off. I also appreciate the fact that the voice over was probably done to separate this from films like Vomit Gore and The Bunny Game. So for the fan of disturbing extreme cinema, this is a film that you must add to your collection. The casual horror fan will probably find it disgusting, but the price is right if they want to discover something new.