Film Review: Skumbagz (2015)

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So there I am. Ten seconds into watching this film and in walks my wife. She says, “Are you watching porn?” The only reply I had on such short notice was, “I hope so.”

Skumbagz is a film by John Miller, starring Krystal Pixie Adams. It is a film that will leave you feeling dirty, but fulfilled. If you are a fan of violence and sleaze you will have a good time with this film. Recently released by The Sleaze Box, this was a pretty good effort from a younger filmmaker. The company itself is known for producing nasty low-budget films. Most are films of which you have not heard, but may be worth checking out after you see this. Check out their website to find films like Amerikan Holokaust, Death-scort Service, and Slasher Weekend.

After looking through the list of their titles, I have to say I had a pretty good idea of what I was getting into with this film. I have to say, I had pretty low expectations. By the time it was over, however, I actually had a decent time with this film. First, let me get to the cons. I did have some minor issues with the acting. The first third was funny and entertaining at times, but insanely annoying at other times. There are a couple of characters that will annoy the shit out of you; however, they say some funny shit too. So perhaps the dialogue helped me to drown out some of their more irritating characteristics.

The pacing was the second issue that I had with the movie. It is essentially a revenge film; but, it takes a really long time to get to the revenge. The first third is almost comedic, before it transitions into some really dark stuff. It is this transition that I appreciated, and then it just stopped. For some crazy reason it then takes us through a very long and pornographic rap video, that seems to take up the entire second third of the film. This is the portion that messed with the pacing for me, because it really just seemed to go on forever. When the rap video finally ended, it got into the final third of the film. This was the revenge act and it was pretty damn awesome.

It is the third act in the film that brings me to the pros. This final portion of the movie really saved my overall impression of the film. It uses stylistic lighting and sound, with brutal and bloody effects. I loved the grainy quality of the film and how it helped the blood splatter look genuine. I loved the final speech that our heroine gave, completely turning the idea of women’s rights on its head. I love that the speech was actually pretty smart, bringing up questions about female power and the power of sex in our lives. All the while, Miller edited in quick and intense images of female sexuality in film. I thought this montage was a great idea. It not only tied up the film’s themes and ideas, it also gave the film historian something else to really analyze. I really enjoyed seeing the scenes from the past films. Many of them I recognized, and they took me back. Others, I may have to look up and check out for myself.

In the end, this is a pretty fun film. It is vulgar, dirty, and violent. It has bad acting, but nice comedy. It has a low-budget, but good effects. It is an X-rated film that the casual reader of my horror film reviews may not quite appreciate. If you are someone that is out there looking for something outside of the mainstream; however, this film may be for you. If you appreciate films of the underground revenge genre, classic grindhouse cinema, or just some good old-fashioned girl-on-girl action, you will not regret finding and viewing this film.

Check out the filmmaker on Facebook at John Sleazyscarsese Miller.

Find the film on The Sleaze Box.

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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