Brodie of the Death Metal
After his mother gets put into a mental institution a young death metal fan finds himself living with his church going uncle and his family whilst forced to attend a new school. It is at the school he makes a handful of new friends and forms a death metal band. But whilst snooping around an old home they come across what they believe to be lyrics which they plan to use in a new song. But what these friends do is to inadvertently summon up an entity known as the Blind One which puts them in danger and causes a whole lot of crazy shit to go down in the town.
"Deathgasm" starts at one hell of a pace lobbing one gag at us after another from Brodie decorating his room with death metal posters to scare his uncle to the drawings he does of his teacher getting impaled. And part of me felt great as there was so much humour with Brodie and his new friends being outsiders that I thought for just one minute this was going to be another great horror comedy from New Zealand and one which heavily relied on gore, irrational characters, decapitations and plenty of sex and nudity.
But sadly I wasn't even half way in to "Deathgasm" and I found myself dealing with not only a decline in the amount of humour which was being dished up but a lot of the gags felt weak. Of course this is where the storyline needed to take over but it just wasn't that entertaining with it feeling at times writer and director Jason Lei Howden getting carried away with trying to deliver disturbing scenes rather than allowing the story to drive it. It wasn't and til later on when are heavy metal fans fight some demon possessed people using sexy toys that I found myself being entertained again.
What this all boils down to is that "Deathgasm" whilst starting with its foot to floor with the comedy and the gore it ends up struggling to not only maintain it but then come up with an entertaining storyline to be the driving force of the movie rather than just the comedy gore making it often a bit hit and miss.