May 14, 2017

Director: Poison Rouge
Stars: Flora Giannattasio, Roberto Scorza

The Texas Frightmare Weekend blew minds with a couple crazy announcements from Unearthed Films. While they did not premier AGP 3 (Song of Solomon), they managed to surprise everyone by screening AGP 4 (Sacrifice). Many people did not know that this series was not completely made from scratch. So while Biro, Koch, and the rest of the Solomon crew have been finishing up part 3, part 4 has actually been complete for some time.

So how could they keep such a secret? Well, they used film-makers that America’s audience doesn’t quite know yet. If you have read anything on this site, however, you may recognize some of the names and films behind the Italian made American Guinea Pig 4. In the past, we have reviewed Red Krokodil and Virus: Extreme Contamination from Domiziano Christopharo. He’s good. He also has an eye for great films to produce. Sacrifice is the film that will make him and his associates widely known in the world of American horror fiends.

Poison Rouge (Actress, Model, Kick Boxe champion) directs her first gore feature produced by Domiziano Cristopharo and Matteo Cassiano: SACRIFICE. The last few years have seen an exciting wave of horror films helmed by women who haven’t merely joined the rank-and-file as encouraging statistics.

‘Trepanation is an ancient technique that involves boring holes in the skull. Having a hole in your head, expands your consciousness and enhances the effects of psychedelics”

At their best, movies like SACRIFICE invite self-examination and interpretation, which is a huge part of the appeal for any director (and audience).

So I saw this movie just before it premiered in Texas. At one hour long, it grabbed my attention and held me through every second. By the time this film was over, I could barely contain my excitement for the people who would be seeing it in Texas the following day. I’m not sure it has ever been so hard for me to keep a secret about a film on Facebook. I kept seeing posts from people at the convention, and I wanted to jump in and be like “GO SEE THAT FUCKING BIRO SCREENING TOMORROW”. I knew that it wasn’t going to be Solomon. I knew it was going to be this extreme and stylized piece of film-making that would be an instant underground classic. The following day, as Biro described the fan reactions to the film, I knew that the mission had been accomplished. Apparently people walked out in total disgust. While Solomon promises to have disturbing gore, Sacrifice was the perfect gore film to premiere at a festival whose fans lean a little more towards the mainstream. They truly got a taste of extreme and disturbing cinema that they may have never seen, or wanted to see, before.

The bottom line is that this movie takes gore to the next level. It’s straight up hard to watch. There are a couple scenes where you think you are going to get a stereotypical torture scene, and they take it to the most extreme and disturbing level available. The scenes of violent depravity are also done in up-close and personal fashion. It is this stylistic decision that also makes this some of the most realistic gore  I have ever seen. It is clear and crisp, forcing the audience to work hard to find a flaw in the effects work.

This is a Guinea Pig film through and through. It takes the self-torture aspect from films like Women’s Flesh and puts them on a male lead. It takes influence from the Japanese Guinea Pig films by using groundbreaking gore effects in claustrophobic settings. It uses philosophical voice-over techniques similar to films like Madness of Many. It has the the themes regarding decomposition of mind and body similar to films like Thanatomorphose and Red Krokodil. It will even manage to shock fans of Lucifer Valentine with blood, puke, and sexual insanity. As far as underground gore films go, it even has a touch of Tantrum and Blood Orchestra. It’s practical and efficient in ways that even up the ante for those low budget masterpieces.

In the end, I am pretty sure that this will quickly become a fan favorite. I’m not just talking about the genres mentioned either. I’m talking about the AGP series as well. So far, all of the films definitely have their own style. I like the fact that they stand on their own. It gives fans of an arthouse feel to call Bloodshock their favorite. Song of Solomon looks to be very important for fans of throwback films as it promises to bring the exorcism genre to new disturbing highs. The first film, of course, will always be a love for fans of the original Japanese series and practical effects magic. This one, though, this one will make fans of the extreme tremble anticipation and disgust. I think it is my favorite so far. We still have Solomon on the way and at least two other films, so that can always change. Right now, I think this is the one. Believe the hype behind it. All too often people jump on the bandwagon or just try to publish the first review of a film. They overexaggerate to make friends with a director or film company. I’m not doing that here. I’ve always been a fan of this company, providing numerous honest reviews of their films. I was a legitimate fan of Christopharo when I started seeing his stuff last year. I can tell, however, without sucking up to anyone, that this film, from Poison Rouge, may be the best that either Domiziano or Unearthed have produced in awhile.