Film Review: RED KROKODIL (2016)

Film Review: RED KROKODIL (2016)

Sep 20, 2016

This is an Italian horror film that is sure to stick in your mind for many days after the viewing. It is a disturbing little film, with a small cast and minimal dialog. While I personally feel like it could lost about fifteen minutes in the beginning, the overall effect of the film far outweighs the slow start.


Red Krokodil is a drug that destroys the body. This film looks at the negative effect of the drug on the body as a metaphor for a seemingly apocalyptic event. When it comes to the pacing of the film, I was reminded of the film Thanatomorphose. Both have a similar slow pace, with amazing gore effects. The slow physical decay of the main character also reminded me of films like Contracted and Decay. Since pacing is a pretty simple thing to criticize in many films, I will just leave it at that and move on. All of the films mentioned in this review had similar pacing issues (for me personally), but still managed to be brutally memorable horror films.

Perhaps it is the popularity of films like Contracted and Bite, that is making this film finally get its chance in the spotlight. Directed by Domiziano Cristopharo and written by  Francesco Scardone, it is nice to see brutal films coming here from overseas. I look forward to seeing what else the brains behind this film have for us in the future. I loved the deliberate direction, photography, and bleak themes within the writing. While there was not much dialog, I also appreciated the performance of the three actors involved with the film: Valerio Cassa, Viktor Karam, and Brock Madson.

The bottom line is that by that time you finish watching this film, you will know that you have truly experienced something special. It is a dark work of art. While you have probably seen some similar mainstream works, just knowing about this hidden gem will put you a step ahead of your other horror fan friends. I am really glad this film was sent to me, not just because it was good, but because it is rare. It is also the embodiement of the independent and udnerground spirit that we are trying to represent.

Obviously collectors and fans of the films mentioned in this review will need to find this. Beyond the obvious, it also contains themes from films like Donnie Darko and Black Metal Veins. It has a sort of literary beauty combined with the disgusting nature oof underground cinema. As a juxtaposition and commentary on modern day drug use, it is truly a work that should be given a chance by tons of different film fans.