Film Review: THE MILDEW FROM PLANET XONADER (2016)

One of my favorite foreign companies produces some of the craziest splatter films of all times. Necrostorm has has quickly become synonymous with consistently gory horror. The films are directed by Giulio De Santi, and include the underground hits Adam Chaplin, Taeter City, Infidus, and Hotel Inferno. Two of these films have upcoming sequels that I am absolutely pumped about seeing.

The Mildew from Planet Xonader is the most recent release from Widowmaker and Necrostorm. It is a comedic sci-fi/horror throwback to the eighties. It takes a hilarious look at politics surrounding Vietnam, The Cold War, Ronald Reagan and more. It is in English, so we all missed out on the silly dubbing that accompanied the previous films; instead, the actors, writing, and full line of glorious mustaches manage to do everything that silly voice acting and awkward translation did for the older films.

The film centers around a group of scientists working on a mold that could become the most powerful weapon in the world. This opens the door for political satire and the bashing of American politics in wartime. While this film seemed to have more of a political agenda/statement to make, it does it in a tongue-in-cheek manner that is very fun to watch. The scientists play their roles in a goofy fashion that border on the quirkiness of TV crime shows like Bones. The military personnel and political figures are portrayed in a satirical manner that is similar films like Tropic Thunder.

With all of that being said, this movie is really about the gore. As this alien mold moves from host to host, in Cabin Fever type fashion, the effects get more and more brutal. Melting appendages and exploding heads consistently manage to shove fear and hilarity in the viewer’s face. If you haven’t seen the gore effects from these filmmakers, you are in for a refreshing surprise. They do an excellent job of mixing disturbing and depraved visual content with over-the-top buckets of bloodshed reminiscent of the samurai effects that Kill Bill brought back into style.

While I’m definitely a fan of this film, and insist that horror collectors pick it up, it doesn’t do much to up the ante from previous films. This isn’t a bad thing, because those films are all great. This one just seems to borrow the satirical tone from Taeter City and gore gags from Adam Chaplin, to create a sci-fi version of Hotel Inferno.  I have bought all of these films in the past. I love these films. So buying this one was an obvious step in the right direction. It is one of the most consistent labels out there for quality releases of genre films. If you even kinda like any of the other films mentioned in this review, you need to buy this one. It’s not my favorite, but they’re all so good in their own way and that they’re too hard for me to rank anyway.

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Author: Steven Paul

Born and raised in Michigan, slowly dying in Florida. I'm here to keep you informed about everything in the world of indie horror. I also specialize in all genres of exploitation, cult, and extreme cinema. As part owner and Editor of Film and Television for Beneath the Underground, it is my responsibility to provide vast amounts of information for the horror fan and an outlet for the filmmaker.

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