Film Review: Visceral: Between the Ropes of Madness (2012)

This film has been released by Unearthed Films, and is now one of the most recent releases from Vultra Video. It is a film that I have run across numerous times on my internet shopping excursions. Something has kept me from buying it though. Sometimes, especially, with Unearthed, I get the feeling that the cheaper films just won’t be as good.

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I do, however, need to get over this bias; because, the variations in price depend mostly on year of release and number of discs. As someone who claims to be a collector, I should know this. The problem is that I do know this, and I still hold weird unfounded biases at times.

Since I have probably foreshadowed my opinion of the film at this point, I will just come out and say that it is totally worth the purchase. Of course, at this point it is still fairly accessible on Amazon. I have seen the price fluctuate from 11 to 15 dollars. This is definitely going to be easier to swallow if you just want to own the film. If you are a fan of the VHS format, of course, you already know that you will be paying extra to get this in the retro format.

Before  any sort of purchase, however, I would recommend that the rookie of degenerate snuff/torture films stream it first. You can rent many of the titles on the Unearthed Films website. Once you have seen it, you can make the call whether or not it is worth fifteen bucks. For me, this movie is definitely worth fifteen on DVD. It is probably even worth up to 25 for me on VHS, because this was a high quality Vultra release. It is also a film that lends itself perfectly to that format. It has the feel of films from the August Underground, American Guinea Pig, and Original Guinea Pig franchises. I would even go as far as saying the film’s claustrophobic shooting style adds to the horror in a manner so effective that it could be compared to the brutality in Lucifer Valentine’s A Perfect Child of Satan. 

I found this film to be one of the darkest and dirtiest cinematic experiences I’ve had since watching Atroz earlier in the year. It is an extreme little film, which is why I urged the rookies to stream it first. The underground pros, however, should get out there and get it right away. Since this is an older Unearthed release, this is likely to be considered old news to many. On the other hand, with Vultra putting out one of their best efforts in awhile, this could easily be the film that gets you into (or back into) the VHS game.

As far as film specifics go, it will effect every viewer differently. This was written and directed by Felipe Eluti. It is the surreal journey of a boxer in for the fight of his life…or is it his death? It involves torture, awesome practical effects, and an absurd (almost art-house) structure. In this film, the line between reality and insanity is difficult to discern. I really truly loved it. I’m not happy with myself for waiting so long to get it. So I suggest fans of the other films mentioned in this review, get out there ad see it.

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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