Just when I think I’ve seen just about every way you can kill a soul-seeking flesh eating zombie, Deathgasm comes along and splatters brains with a vibrating rampant rabbit in each temple of the undead’s head. Yes, Deathgasm is filled with sex toys, heavy guitar riffs of the metal variety and offering of soul to a demonic figure and it is all kinds of awesome.

For the uninitiated heavy metal horror is a thing. Harp back to the eighties with quintessential classics from the sub-genre such as Trick or Treat, Monster Dog and Brain Dead and you’ll have a rough idea of what Director/writer Jason Lei Howden is getting at.

Deathgasm, is oozing at the bloody seams with dry and gross-out kiwi humour – think Flight of the Conchords awkwardness mashed with the filthy bloody mess of Sam Raimi or Peter Jackson films and sprinkling of Tenacious D. It conjure both laughter and can’t look away winces from the audience.

However, it is not all horror high-jinx and laugh per minute. The narrative is simple and succinct but works well as a teen drama centred on outcast metal fan Brodie who feels powerless in a humdrum town dictated by the likes of the popular kids and his Christian-living family.

Forget all the ludicrous, perfunctory, blood drenched antics for a second you’ll find there is actually a moral to this comedy gorno and it is clear Lei Howden gives a snapshot of his own experience as he brings to light the burdens of being a black sheep whilst at the same time stressing the importance of self-appreciation and determination. Definitely one for anyone who ever felt they didn’t fit in at school – which let’s face it is bound to hit a chord with all of us who count ourselves as horror fans.

Milo Cawthorne is the kind of cute but brooding Brodie, the new metal-head on the block who sticks to his guns despite his hollow man demeanour whilst James Blake’s Zakk is the perfect antithesis: boasting good looks and a sure of himself attitude. Bound by blood ritual they are firm metal head brothers. Or so Brodie thinks.

When they stumble upon some music sheets inscribed with some cryptic Latin all hell breaks loose- literally.

Ultimately, the chemistry in this metal-bromance propels the plot and adds so much more substance thanks to great character development and charismatic cast.

Object of Brodie’s desires sweet and innocent Medina offers up some badass babe vibes when she finally embraces the dark side of high school mixing with the metal crowd. Before you know it she has no qualms when it comes to chopping the heads off of her once neighbours now demonic stalkers whilst puffing on her new acquired cigarette. Supporting roles from geektastic school peers slash band members, Sam Berkley and Daniel Cresswell, ensure even more laughs aplenty.

A dash of high school romance, fantastical cutaways and illustrations, a ton of guts, blood from every orifice and guitars that will make your ears bleed [in a good way], you’ll be swept up on this crazy journey with the Bill and Ted of the gory splat stick variety. As Zakk and Brodie would say it’s ‘totally brutal, man’.

Deathgasm rules!

Frightfest London review: Deathgasm
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About The Author

Emily is from South London and has a degree in English Literature. Emily is a marketing assistant who writes about films and music in her spare time. Horror and grindhouse are her thing - although she will happily watch anything if it means a trip to the cinema.